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12 Angry Men (1957)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 10 April 1957 (USA)
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A jury holdout attempts to prevent a miscarriage of justice by forcing his colleagues to reconsider the evidence.

Director:

Sidney Lumet

Writers:

Reginald Rose (story), Reginald Rose (screenplay)
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Complete credited cast:
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 Joseph Sweeney ... Juror 9
Ed Begley ... Juror 10
George Voskovec ... Juror 11
Robert Webber ... Juror 12
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Storyline

The defense and the prosecution have rested and the jury is filing into the jury room to decide if a young man is guilty or innocent of murdering his father. What begins as an open-and-shut case of murder soon becomes a detective story that presents a succession of clues creating doubt, and a mini-drama of each of the jurors' prejudices and preconceptions about the trial, the accused, and each other. Based on the play, all of the action takes place on the stage of the jury room. Written by pjk <PETESID@VNET.IBM.COM>

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Taglines:

Life Is In Their Hands -- Death Is On Their Minds! See more »

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Crime | Drama

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Trivia

Juror #1, The Foreman, is the only one who never explains why he considers the defendant guilty or, later, not guilty. Actually, there is a very interesting psychological metaphor on the meta-level of this film, and of course, particularly concerning this character. Like a "Foreman", he leads and is not asked why he does what he does and how he does it; one simply assumes that he knows what he's doing. Later on, when he changes his mind, he still does not explain his decision, although from then on he does not lead anymore but follows. This is expressed via facial expression when he raises his hand to conclude that he now considers the defendant not guilty. See more »

Goofs

At 1:28:46 into the film, you can see the shadow of a camera on the back of Juror #3. 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, it's now your duty to sit down and try to separate the facts from the fancy. One man is dead, another man's life is at stake, if there's a reasonable doubt in your minds as to ...
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Crazy Credits

The credits only credit the jurors. All other actors in the film (judge, bailiff, accused, etc.) go uncredited. See more »

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Referenced in Paradise PD: Karla (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Dance of the Cuckoos
(uncredited)
Music by Marvin Hatley
Portion whistled by Jack Warden
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Good script, great dialogs and a set of actors who would be the envy of the world
1 September 2003 | by jomipiraSee all my reviews

This is one of those movies where everything could go wrong. The story is as simple as it can be: 12 men are jurors on a open and shut murder trial, but one man thinks that another persons life deserves at least some thought on the matter and votes not guilty. From this point on we have 12 actors and a closed room. This could be the most boring film ever made. Lumet however is a master of mise-en-scene and provides a tense movie that keeps you locked on from the word "go". The dialogs are great and supported by incredibly talented actors. Joel Schumacher in Phone Booth needed to see this movie and draw a few ideas on how to make a character built, dialog driven movie. A must see for everyone.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 April 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Twelve Angry Men See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$350,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$576
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Orion-Nova Productions See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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