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

Director:

Nikita Mikhalkov
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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 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 »

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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Walkthroug to the Wide Russian Soul
20 July 2008 | by d_aleksandrovSee all my reviews

"In a scene showing a Chechen town the writing on the wall says "Don't shoot. Only women and children here" but only in Russian. In Chechnia all signs like that were written in three languages - Russian, Chechen and Arabic because Middle Eastern mercenaries participating the conflict could not read in Russian. Besides, it's difficult to believe someone would put such a sign and thus indicate there is SOMEONE in there." In Russia EVERYTHING is believable, that's what Nikita Mikhalkov wants to say. This movie is a fiction, don't forget it! But all the stories told in it are possible and the way of thinking of these people may be hard to understand, but it's true. This film is a cut through the Russian Soul and it's great.


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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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