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(1997 TV Movie)

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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."
Jack Lemmon was nominated for a Golden Globe for his performance, and lost to Ving Rhames. Upon winning, however, Rhames asked Jack Lemmon to join him on stage and presented the award to him. Lemmon declared that the moment was "one of the sweetest in my life."
The apartment layout is the exact opposite of the one in the 1957 movie.
For the second time George C. Scott plays a character originated by Lee J. Cobb. Cobb in 12 Angry Men (1957) and Scott in this remake both play Juror #3; and Cobb played Lt. Kinderman in The Exorcist (1973) (directed by 'Friedkin, William', like this film), as did Scott in the sequel The Exorcist III (1990).
There are only two of the jurors that are identified by name; #8 as Mr. Davis and #9 as Mr. McCardle. All but one of the jurors are identified by their profession; #1 High School Football Coach, #2 Bank Teller, #3 Messenger Service Owner, #4 Stock Broker, #5 Hospital Nurse, #6 Painter, #7 Marmalade Salesman, #8 Architect, #10 Car Wash Owner, #11 Watch Maker, and #12 Advertising Agent.
In this updated version, the line referring to the electric chair and pulling the switch was changed to "give him the needle" referring to lethal injection since the electric chair is no longer used in capital punishment cases.
Filmed in sequence.
The discussion about the psychiatrist was not in the 1957 film.
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Jack Lemmon appears in Mister Roberts (1955) with Henry Fonda, in which he takes over Fonda's position of Morale Officer when Fonda is transferred off the USS Reluctant. In the 1997 remake 12 Angry Men (1997), Lemmon plays the same juror that Fonda played in the original 12 Angry Men (1957).
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In the original 1957 script, the defense attorney is referred to several times as 'he'. In the 1997 script, the defense attorney is again referred to as 'he', but, in the opening scene of the 1997 version, the defense attorney who is sitting next to the defendant is a woman (oops!).
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The film cast includes two Oscar winners: Jack Lemmon and George C. Scott; and four Oscar nominees: Edward James Olmos, Hume Cronyn, Armin Mueller-Stahl and Mary McDonnell.
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Every take had two camera setups running simultaneously, capturing the focused dialogue and reaction shots. That meant the entire cast had to stay in character even when they had no dialogue for the scene.
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Out of the 12 actors who played the 1997 jurors, only 4 are younger than those who played their 1957 alter-egos, in increasing order: #1: 1 year, #11: 2 years, #6: 4 years and the biggest age gap is between the two jurors #10: 16 years. As for the rest of the cast, the majority is older than the 1957 one, the biggest age gap being between the two Jurors #2: Ossie Davis who was 80 at the time of the film and John Fiedlerwho was 32, which makes a difference of 48 years. Overall, the average age of the 1997 movie's jurors is 56, vs. 45 for the 1957 version.
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Ossie Davis, who played Juror Number 2, appeared in The Hill (1965) which was directed by Sidney Lumet, the director of the original 12 Angry Men (1957).
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