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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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Director:
Writers:
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 »
User Reviews:
A Classic not to be Missed See more (870 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 .... 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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Runtime:
96 min
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1.66 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
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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Trivia:
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:
Errors in geography: The film is implied to take place on the East Coast of the United States based upon the baseball teams that the jurors mention. But a Pacific Bell telephone logo is visible on the phone booth in the courtroom.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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Soundtrack:
Dance of the CuckoosSee more »

201 out of 250 people found the following review useful.
A Classic not to be Missed, 17 March 2003
Author: misha-wilkin from Lethbridge, Alberta

The plot of12 Angry Men revolves around the murder trail of a Latino boy who is accused of killing his father. The conviction of the boy would mean a death sentence and the destiny of the boy's life is in the hands of twelve male jurors of ranging personalities. The case seems open and shut with a murder weapon and several witnesses to place the boy at the scene of the crime. For eleven of the jurors the decision is apparent that the boy is guilty but for one juror, Mr. Davis (Henry Fonda), the boy's life should entail some discussion to eliminate any reasonable doubt the jurors may have. As the film progresses the personalities of the jurors become apparent and many underlying issues influence the guilty decision chosen by the majority of the jurors.

The underlying issues are the complexity of the personalities of the jurors and the reasons why they have the motivation to feel and act the way they do. As the case unfolds further, more is learned about each juror individually. The personalities range from being a short-tempered loud mouth to a straight- laced accountant who never breaks a sweat. As the movie progresses much more is learned of the characters that exposes the intricacy of human nature and people's different personality traits.

This film is an excellent example of movie making that does not require elaborate sets to entertain the viewer. The majority of the film takes place in a jury room with the men never leaving the room from their deliberation responsibilities. The cast and dialogue make this film memorable and the film has some clear moral issues that are addressed. The main issue is that not everything is as it seems. With further analysis the understanding of a situation becomes more concrete enabling the men to make a solid decision that affects a young man's life. 12 Angry Men is a classic film that should not be missed.

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