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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 16 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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No Dissonance See more (739 total) »

Cast

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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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Trivia:
Henry Fonda, who symbolically wears white throughout the film, personally asked Sidney Lumet to direct the movie adaptation, having been impressed with his work on the TV shows "Studio One in Hollywood" (1948) and "The Alcoa Hour" (1955).See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Juror #4 stabs the knife into the table for the first time, you can clearly see about a dozen previous jab marks in the wood from previous takes.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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222 out of 252 people found the following review useful.
No Dissonance, 26 April 2001
Author: tedg (tedg@FilmsFolded.com) from Virginia Beach

This film deserves to be on anyone's list of top films. My problem is that it is so perfect, so seamlessly polished, it is hard to appreciate the individual excellences.

The acting is top notch. I believe that monologue acting is quite a bit simpler than real reactive ensemble acting. Most of what we see today is monologues pretending to be conversations. But in this film, we have utter mastery of throwing emotions. Once the air becomes filled with human essence, it is hard to not get soaked ourselves as the camera moves through the thick atmosphere. Yes, there are slight differences in how each actor projects (Fonda internally, Balsam completely on his skin...) but the ensemble presents one vision to the audience.

The writing is snappy too. You can tell it was worked and worked and worried, going through several generations. It is easy to be mesmerized by this writing and acting, and miss the rare accomplishment of the camera-work. This camera is so fluid, you forget you are in one room. It moves from being a human observer, to being omniscient, to being a target. It is smart enough to seldom center on the element of most importance, so expands the field to all men.

This is very hard. Very hard, to make the camera human. So much easier to do what we see today -- acknowledge the machinery and jigger with it. Do we have a filmmaker today who could do this?

Ted's Evaluation -- 4 of 3: Every cineliterate person should experience this.

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