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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.

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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 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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Country:

Russia

Language:

Russian | Chechen

Release Date:

20 September 2007 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

12 razgnevannyh muzhchin See more »

Filming Locations:

Mosfilm Studios, Moscow, Russia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

RUR 43,112,631 (Russia), 23 September 2007, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,042, 8 March 2009, Limited Release

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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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 »

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"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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Spoofed in Samyy luchshiy film 2 (2009) See more »

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Jury plays god to a man, Mikhalkov plays god to a jury
12 December 2007 | by maxi-18See all my reviews

The movie is bipolar. The upsides: great performances by many great actors; a view that the movie provides into the minds of contemporary Russians; and watching 12 post-post-Soviet (yet born and raised Soviet) people engaged in the a very Western activity, where their universal human feelings are intermixed with ways of thinking and arguing that are skewed by the history and problems of Russian society. Having characters give monologues in a single-room setting works very well for the theatrically-trained actors. Also, the discussion of society's problems and human responsibilities is refreshingly serious, in a big contrast to most post-Soviet expression, which tends to be extremely cynical (as argued quiet well by Efremov's character).

Downsides: certain characters are shallow caricatures clearly used to express Mikhalkov's personal tastes; way too many stretches in the plot; and the ending/punchline. Mikhalkov turns everything on its head in the end, very unconvincingly trying to argue that "freedom is slavery" and negating any civic benefit that the movie could have. This argument is basically a restatement of his political goals, most recently expressed off-screen by an open letter to Putin in the name of "all Russian artists" begging him to stay another term. Ironically, the argument is presented so weakly and crudely that Mikhalkov ends up shooting himself in a foot.


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