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12 (2007)

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Twelve jurors must decide the fate of a Chechen adolescent charged with murdering his stepfather.

Director:

Nikita Mikhalkov
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 9 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sergey Makovetskiy ... 1-y prisyazhnyy
Nikita Mikhalkov ... 2-y prisyazhnyy
Sergey Garmash ... 3-y prisyazhnyy
Valentin Gaft ... 4-y prisyazhnyy
Aleksey Petrenko ... 5-y prisyazhnyy
Yuriy Stoyanov ... 6-y prisyazhnyy
Sergey Gazarov ... 7-y prisyazhnyy
Mikhail Efremov ... 8-y prisyazhnyy
Aleksey Gorbunov ... 9-y prisyazhnyy
Sergey Artsibashev ... 10-y prisyazhnyy
Viktor Verzhbitskiy ... 11-y prisyazhnyy
Roman Madyanov ... 12-y prisyazhnyy
Aleksandr Adabashyan ... Pristav
Apti Magamaev ... Malchik
Abdi Magamaev ... Malenkiy chechenets
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

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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Trivia

The surgeon defends the south by naming several great artists from there. "Shota Rustaveli" was a 12th Century Georgian poet. "Pirosmani" (the more common name of Niko Pirosmanashvili, 1862 - 1918) was a Georgian primitivist painter. "Sergei Paradjanov" (also spelled Sergei Parajanov) (1924 -1990) was an Armenian film director and artist. "Danelia" is Georgiy Daneliya is a Georgian film director, known for his "sad comedies". See more »

Goofs

"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 »

Quotes

2-y prisyazhnyy: So, we're voting on whether the defendant is guilty. Hands up, please.
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Connections

Referenced in Aristokraticheskiy kinematograf: Episode #1.8 (2011) See more »

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A Worthy (and very Russian) Homage to the Original
15 February 2008 | by JSL26See all my reviews

Some of the IMDb commenters are a bit tough on this film for having some characters that verged on caricature. I see their point, but I think it is a bit unfair here. Given that this was an homage to the original (on its 50th anniversary), Mikhalkov had to take its basic plot as his foundation. That necessarily drained much of the drama from the story—-we know which way the countdown is going to proceed. It also forced him to deal with all 12 men.

Thus, what can he do to keep it interesting? He (1) features the ensemble acting—-terrific even to me as a non-Russian speaker, (2) highlighted the characters' weaknesses, including some human and Russian traits that have to be a bit outsized, (3) added a detached but affecting commentary on brutality of the Chechnya war and the tendency for Muscovites to see Chechens as monolithic, and (4) threw in a few plot wrinkles at the end. Given the constraints he faced, I thought it was a fine adaptation—and was thoroughly engrossing. Mikhalkov himself, as the jury foreman, is a commanding screen presence as well.


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Country:

Russia

Language:

Russian | Chechen

Release Date:

20 September 2007 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

12 See more »

Filming Locations:

Mosfilm Studios, Moscow, Russia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,042, 8 March 2009

Gross USA:

$125,120

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,537,453
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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