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12 Angry Men -- Compelling look at the jury deliberations in a murder trial for which a conviction means sending a young man to death row.  In the course of the deliberations;a fair-minded juror exposes enough holes in the prosecution's cut-and-dry case to create a reasonable doubt.  Adapted from the classic 1957 UA drama.
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April 1957 (USA) See more »
Life Is In Their Hands -- Death Is On Their Minds! See more »
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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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 18 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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  (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 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
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Brazil:Livre | Finland:K-8 | Japan:G (2009) | Netherlands:14 (original rating) | Portugal:M/12 | South Korea:12 | Spain:T | Sweden:15 | UK:U | USA:Not Rated (DVD/Blu-Ray Rating) | USA:Approved (certificate #18206) | USA:TV-PG (tv rating) | West Germany:12

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All but three minutes of the film was shot inside the bare and confining, sixteen by twenty-four foot "jury room".See more »
Factual errors: As the Jurors are walking out of the courtroom the defendant's table is right next to the jury box. The defendant's table is always the farthest table from the jury.See more »
[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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258 out of 294 people found the following review useful.
No Dissonance, 26 April 2001
Author: tedg ( 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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