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One of the greatest films ever made. This film is an absolute blast, and perfectly mixes social psychology with commentary and wit masterfully. All the characters are incredibly engaging and nuanced, and the dialogue flows so well. I really couldn’t recommend this film enough.
12 Angry Men (1957) Drama, 96 minutes Directed by Sidney Lumet Starring Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb and Martin Balsam
Sidney Lumet passed away in 2011, but he left us with 72 films, shorts or TV series. This was his first feature for the big screen and it's definitely among his best work.
For me, one of the signs of a good film is to take a subject in which I have no interest and hold my attention for the duration. The story takes place in one room, apart from a couple of minutes at the beginning and end of the film. It succeeds because of the strength of the dialogue and the acting ability of all involved.
After a very compact 96 minutes in which no scene is wasted, the credits roll. I'm left with the feeling that I have just seen something important. The film deals with racism and highlights the good and bad points of the American justice system. Henry Fonda leads a strong cast and every member has a significant role to play.
Lumet used a variety of camera angles to make the viewer feel like a member of the jury and it's easy to be drawn in. This is one of those rare stories where dialogue is actually exciting. It's really something that has the potential to be enjoyed by any audience.
Criterion's recent Blu-ray release offers a wonderful presentation and includes a good supplemental package.
I absolutely love this movie. It’s one of my all time favourites. An incredibly amazing film set in one room. The jurors room where 12 men have to decide the fate of a young man who is sentenced to die for murder.
Unbelievably this didn't win any oscars. It is original, dynamic, and can easily be related to today's social issues. Acting is also lightyears ahead of other noir films. If you haven't seen it, you should when possible.