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Reginald Rose (story)
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Release Date:
April 1957 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Life Is In Their Hands -- Death Is On Their Minds! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 17 wins & 6 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
The over-used term "classic movie" really comes into its own here! See more (759 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Martin Balsam ... Juror #1

John Fiedler ... Juror #2

Lee J. Cobb ... Juror #3

E.G. Marshall ... Juror #4

Jack Klugman ... Juror #5

Edward Binns ... Juror #6

Jack Warden ... Juror #7

Henry Fonda ... Juror #8
Joseph Sweeney ... Juror #9

Ed Begley ... Juror #10

George Voskovec ... Juror #11

Robert Webber ... Juror #12
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rudy Bond ... Judge (uncredited)
James Kelly ... Guard (uncredited)
Billy Nelson ... Court Clerk (uncredited)
John Savoca ... The Accused (uncredited)
Walter Stocker ... Man Waiting for Elevator (uncredited)

Directed by
Sidney Lumet 
 
Writing credits
Reginald Rose (story and screenplay)

Produced by
Henry Fonda .... producer
George Justin .... associate producer
Reginald Rose .... producer
 
Original Music by
Kenyon Hopkins 
 
Cinematography by
Boris Kaufman (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Carl Lerner (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Bob Markel  (as Robert Markel)
 
Makeup Department
Herman Buchman .... makeup
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Don Kranze .... assistant director (as Donald Kranze)
 
Sound Department
James A. Gleason .... sound
Al Gramaglia .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Saul Midwall .... operative cameraman
Muky .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Kenyon Hopkins .... conductor
 
Other crew
Faith Hubley .... script supervisor (as Faith Elliott)
 
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96 min
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As shooting of the film went on, director Sidney Lumet gradually changed to lenses of longer focal lengths, so that the backgrounds seemed to close in on the characters, creating a greater feeling of claustrophobia.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Within the last half hour of the movie, the clock on the wall in the jury room can be seen indicating 6:15. Several minutes later, E.G. Marshall states that it is "a quarter after six". Several minutes after that, the wall clock is seen again, but still shows 6:15. Still later, when Lee J. Cobb leans over the table after he tears up the snapshot from his wallet, his watch can be seen indicating 5:10.See more »
Quotes:
[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...
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Dance of the CuckoosSee more »

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169 out of 180 people found the following review useful.
The over-used term "classic movie" really comes into its own here!, 12 August 2002
Author: uds3 from Longmont, Colorado

This once-in-a-generation masterpiece simply has no equal. The late 90's TV remake was quite adequate though totally unnecessary and in the upshot proved simply that updating a film for updating's sake is really an exercise in futility. Even had it BEEN as good - so what?

There could be few, if ANY film-goers reading this who are unaware of the plotline and in any event many others have re-hashed this for you. The brilliance of the film is evident in so many aspects. To begin with, the ability to not only sustain interest but to command the viewer's attention for basically its entire running time within a setting of principally just one room, borders on the inspired. Whether or not that would actually work with TODAY'S audiences is another discussion! What we have here are twelve everyday Mr Joe Blows, summoned together on a jury panel to decide a defendant's guilt or innocence with regards to a murder charge. If you were to gather unto yourselves ANY twelve jurors at random, you would most likely be able to pinpoint the Henry Fonda, Lee Cobb, E. G. Marshall, Jack Warden etc etc amongst them! Their very "ordinariness" is where the film succeeded. Everyone can identify with at least ONE of those characters. Whether or not he may WANT to is a different matter. The thinker, the sensitive man, the arrogant bully, the opportunist, the mentally challenged loudmouth, the slimeball, the emotionally withdrawn, the sheep etc - they're all here! Welcome to society folks! I dislike society in the main - doubtless a reason I found this film to be such a revelation..even when I was barely into my teens!

12 ANGRY MEN also pinpoints the shortcomings of the law, how "truth" can be so intrinsically left-field and unintentionally flawed. Lumet, working within a minimal budget here, delivers unstinting brilliance in both direction, character portrayal and script interpretation. He had of course superb acting talent at his disposal although some of the most memorable performances are from the lesser players. Some have denounced Fonda's role as being acceptable rather than awesome. I think however he was to a great degree playing himself here, not to an audience. His, is a study in deliberation and logic not show-pony stuff, but hell that never WAS Fonda was it?

This is a great great movie, as is evidenced by the extremely high user-vote worldwide. IF you haven't seen it - you really should do something about that!

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