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12 Angry Men
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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 bombs, no car chases but edge of the seat stuff none the less See more (729 total) »

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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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At the beginning of the film, the cameras are all positioned above eye level and mounted with wide-angle lenses to give the appearance of greater distance between the subjects. As the film progresses the cameras slip down to eye level. By the end of the film, nearly all of it is shot below eye level, in close-up and with telephoto lenses to increase the encroaching sense of claustrophobia.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When the jurors take a washroom break, Juror #6 is fiddling with the fan's cord and eventually leaves it dangling a couple feet from the fan. As Juror #8 come out of the washroom the cord is not dangling and is never seen again, even when Juror #7 plugs it in after they turn on the light switch, there is no extra cord from the fan seen at all.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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Referenced in Flushed Away (2006)See more »
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Dance of the CuckoosSee more »

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304 out of 335 people found the following review useful.
No bombs, no car chases but edge of the seat stuff none the less, 18 September 2002
Author: Andrew Devonshire from Northern Ireland

This film is superb, in fact as Shakespeare once said "Its the bees' knees". The film captivates the audience from the beginning. Each of the twelve jurors are introduced to us as they are introduced to themselves. The characters are well draw out and individual, each with his own personality.

The tension of the characters draws the audience in from the start. We imagine that the case is open and shut, 11 me saying guilty and 1 not. We feel the discomfort of Henry Fonda as the other characters belittle and mock how he can see any reasonable doubt in the case. But we also share his victories and the enthusiasm as he proceeds to refute or add doubt to the arguments for guilty and are captivated and draw in as other jurors begin to see doubt in the proceedings.

The audience can also see the arguments for guilty and wonder if Fonda's character is correct in saying that he doubts. Yet they also feel the shame of the characters as he disproves that a previously sound theory is iron tight, joining his side as members of the jury do.

On top of this they are wonderfully woven in human elements such as the misconceptions that influence people and the growing tension between different characters. This is brought to life even more by the amazing performances, Fonda, Lee J Cobb and Joseph Sweeney are of particular note.

I started watching this film on a bored relaxed laying about day but by the end i was on the edge of the seat with my hands on my knees feeling more tense than a politician on results day.

How a film should be made. Modern directors take note(thats ur telling off for the day) 10/10

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