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12 Angry Men (1957)

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A dissenting juror in a murder trial slowly manages to convince the others that the case is not as obviously clear as it seemed in court.

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The defense and the prosecution have rested and the jury is filing into the jury room to decide if a young Spanish-American is guilty or innocent of murdering his father. What begins as an open and shut case of murder soon becomes a mini-drama of each of the jurors' prejudices and preconceptions about the trial, the accused, and each other. Based on the play, all of the action takes place on the stage of the jury room. Written by pjk <PETESID@VNET.IBM.COM>

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murder | jury | prejudice | racism | trial | See All (58) »

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Twelve Angry Men  »

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$350,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

When Juror #10 (Ed Begley) starts a speech about the ethnic group of the defendant, the jurors that stand up from the table rejecting the speech are (in order): Juror #5 (Jack Klugman), Juror #9 (Joseph Sweeney), Juror #11 (George Voskovec), Juror #8 (Henry Fonda), Juror #2 (John Fiedler), Juror #6 (Edward Binns), The Foreman (Martin Balsam) and Juror #12 (Robert Webber). Juror #3 (Lee J. Cobb) was standing up before the speech. Juror #7 (Jack Warden) and Juror #4 (E.G. Marshall) are the only ones who remain seated. Meanwhile Juror #7 turning his head looking to other side, Juror #4 looks Juror #10 all the time, finally ordering him to shut up. See more »

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Juror 7 takes his coat off early in the film as does many of the rest of the characters. However, when the knife is summoned into the Jury Room and Juror 4 leans in and flicks it open, the very next shot is the reaction of Juror 8 sitting at the table. You can now see the partial body of Juror 7 sitting next to Juror 8 with his coat on. See more »

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[first lines]
Man in corridor: You did a wonderful job, wonderful job!
Judge: To continue, you've listened to a long and complex case, murder in the first degree. Premeditated murder is the most serious charge tried in our criminal courts. You've listened to the testimony, you've had the law read to you and interpreted as it applies in this case, it's now your duty to sit down and try to separate the facts from the fancy. One man is dead, another man's life is at stake, if there's a reasonable doubt in your minds as to...
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Dance of the Cuckoos
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Music by Marvin Hatley
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Good script, great dialogs and a set of actors who would be the envy of the world
1 September 2003 | by (Lisbon, Portugal) – See all my reviews

This is one of those movies where everything could go wrong. The story is as simple as it can be: 12 men are jurors on a open and shut murder trial, but one man thinks that another persons life deserves at least some thought on the matter and votes not guilty. From this point on we have 12 actors and a closed room. This could be the most boring film ever made. Lumet however is a master of mise-en-scene and provides a tense movie that keeps you locked on from the word "go". The dialogs are great and supported by incredibly talented actors. Joel Schumacher in Phone Booth needed to see this movie and draw a few ideas on how to make a character built, dialog driven movie. A must see for everyone.


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