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12 (2007)

PG-13  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  20 September 2007 (Russia)
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Twelve jurors must decide the fate of a Chechen adolescent charged with murdering his stepfather.


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Aleksey Petrenko ...
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Yuriy Stoyanov ...
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Sergey Gazarov ...
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Aleksey Gorbunov ...
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Sergey Artsibashev ...
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Viktor Verzhbitskiy ...
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Aleksandr Adabashyan ...
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A loose remake of 12 Angry Men (1957), set in a Russian school. 12 jurors are struggling to decide the fate of a Chechen teenager who allegedly killed his Russian stepfather who took the teenager to live with him in Moscow during the Chechen War in which teenager lost his parents. The jurors: a racist taxi-driver, a suspicious doctor, a vacillating TV producer, a Holocaust survivor, a flamboyant musician, a cemetery manager, and others represent the fragmented society of modern day Russia. A stray bird (a touch of New Age cinema) is flying above the jurors' heads, alluding to tolerance. Written by Steve Shelokhonov

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Crime | Drama | Thriller | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violent images, disturbing content, thematic material, brief sexual and drug references, and smoking | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 September 2007 (Russia)  »

Also Known As:

12 razgnevannyh muzhchin  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$12,042 (USA) (6 March 2009)


$125,024 (USA) (19 June 2009)

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The movie has an epigraph ("Don't look here for the truth of everyday life, but try to feel the truth of being") and an epilogue ("The law comes before everything, but what's to be done if the mercy comes before the law?"). Both are quotations from one B. Tosia. Most probably, he (or she) never lived and is the fictional alter ego of Nikita Mikhalkov. See more »


"Ernest Emerson" is a manufacturer of knives from the USA. However their model, CQC7, is not like the knife on the film. Emerson knives are folding knives. See more »


2-y prisyazhnyy: So, we're voting on whether the defendant is guilty. Hands up, please.
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This movie - simply A Masterpiece.
12 October 2007 | by (Lithuania) – See all my reviews

This movie again proves that Mr. Mikhalkov is Genius and Russia should be proud of such man like him. This movie is truly a masterpiece because of great acting, interesting story, and beautiful conversation scenes. I recommend such movie for a viewer, who is tired from popular Hollywood big-budget films (i'm not saying they are bad) and wants to try something new, unexpected but enjoyable. If you are intelligent, you will like this film and you will be amazed of how professionally it is made and at the end of a movie you surely won't be thinking "why i spent almost two and a half hours of my life watching this?".

So, i recommend not to be scared of the length and 20 minutes of boredom at the beginning and watch this Masterpiece in every detail.

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