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Reginald Rose (story)
Reginald Rose (screenplay)
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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 jury holdout attempts to prevent a miscarriage of justice by forcing his colleagues to reconsider the evidence. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 18 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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(85 articles)
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Should be in everyone's top ten list of greatest films of ALL TIME..... See more (950 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)
Tom Gorman ... Stenographer (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)

Reginald Rose (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 Markell  (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 .... 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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The film is included on Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" list.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: While the dialog indicates that it is after 6 PM when the jurors are in the jury room, when they leave the courthouse, the shadows indicate that it is clearly closer to noon.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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Movie Connections:
Featured in Lumet on Lumet (2011) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Dance of the CuckoosSee more »

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327 out of 378 people found the following review useful.
Should be in everyone's top ten list of greatest films of ALL TIME....., 11 January 2005
Author: Freddy Levit from Melbourne, Australia

........Films rarely get this uplifting and brilliant. I cannot think of the last time I was so intrigued by the flawless plot, dialogue and acting since 12 Angry Men. For such a simplistic story set in one jury room, it is surprising that Sidney Lumet can drain you of all your emotions and leave you on the edge of your seat with suspense, mystery, and some of the best acting your bound to ever see grace the silver screen!

When a boy is on last day of trial for killing his father in the heat of domestic arguments, 12 jury men are forced to present a verdict in which if guilty, is the one way ticket to the electric chair for the boy. When the jury men decide to quickly end the discussion and raise their hands to find out who thinks the boy is guilty, only one jury man (Henry Fonda) doesn't put his hand up. Trial and Character revelations, doubts, and possibilities follow.

So masterfully crafted is this film, that every time I watch it, only gets better. It includes some of the best character development I've ever seen. Sidney Lumet is an expert in this field and this is by far his greatest contribution to Hollywood history - one of the most important contributions to world cinema. However it was Henry Fonda and Lee J. Cobb who really made this film legendary, with their incredibly realistic performances. Casting was genius. And the dialogue was astoundingly riveting up until the brilliant finale. What really impressed me personally also was the camera angles and movements that made the film so suspenseful. Black and White made the film all the more powerful. And the music was minimal, which gave the film a more atmospheric experience, like you were their in the jury room with them - and you just feel that tension really built up as the movie proceeds.

This inexpensive film, with such a simple setting had the world talking, the academy awards nominations rolling and Henry Fonda at his complete best form. I have rarely been so hypnotized by a film - 'Lawrence Of Arabia' and 'It's A Wonderful Life' are other ones that come to mind. This is a definitive viewing for anyone who loves film. It sums up everything I love about film. Everything from a technical point of view to superb acting and a simple yet complex character driven story, it's platinum and is most definitely one of the greatest cinematic achievements of all time - bar none! A statue should be erected in Sydney Lumet's honor......

"Is it possible?" - Juror #8/Henry Fonda

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