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12 Angry Men (1997)

PG-13 | | Crime, Drama | TV Movie 17 August 1997
Twelve men must decide the fate of one when one juror objects to the jury's decision.

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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 6 wins & 22 nominations. See more awards »

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Made for cable television remake of the 1957 classic about twelve jurors quick to condemn a Latino youth on trial for murdering his father before reviewing the evidence. Juror #8 holds out with a verdict of not guilty, thus setting the stage for arguments and reasons why or why not the boy may be guilty. Written by Humberto Amador

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Rated PG-13 for language | See all certifications »

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Douze hommes en colère  »

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Screenwriter Reginald Rose updated his own 43-year-old teleplay, racially integrating the cast of jurors for the first time. When asked in an interview why he didn't cast some of the jurors as women, he jokingly (but accurately) quipped, "Then the title would have to be changed to '12 Angry Persons,' and it wouldn't be as effective." See more »

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When #8 (Jack Lemon) takes a cough drop and starts talking again, there is a shot of #2 (Ossie Davis) putting the box back in his shirt pocket. A few seconds later, he puts it into his shirt pocket again. See more »

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Juror #3: Reasonable doubt! That's nothing but words.
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Version of 12 Angry Men (1957) See more »

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Very capable remake
19 February 2001 | by (Parma, OH) – See all my reviews

12 Angry Men (William Friedkin, 1997)

Friedkin's made-for-television adaptation of the classic 1957 film is surprisingly well-thought-out and executed with a style most straight-to-small-screen works lack. Jack Lemmon and George C. Scott presage their conflicts in the later made-for-TV remake Inherit the Wind as the two jurors who refuse to budge from their convictions that a murder case does and does not have reasonable doubt attached to it, respectively.

As with the original, 12 Angry Men is really an ensemble piece, the first American example of avant-garde filmmaking on a mass scale; with the exception of a few brief flashes at beginning and end, the film takes place in two adjoining rooms, a jury room and a men's room, allowing the director no scenic latitude at all and forcing him to concentrate on the actors themselves. Friedkin, as Lumet before him, gathers a mix of the well-known and the underrated from all corners of the Hollywood backlot, gives each a speech, and goes to great pains to ensure that those who espouse even the most controversial views are as charismatic as those who are warmer and fuzzier. In other words, this is an actors' movie, pure and simple, and if you enjoy watching actors do what they do, you'll get a kick out of this. ****


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