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05/22/2015 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Such a classic film

The power of movie dialogue really makes this movie a true classic.

The story to 12 Angry Men is one man on a jury stands alone in a case in which most are initially convinced one way but one by one may be convinced another way.

12 men in one room just talking about one murder case and them sharing they opinions if the person that may have committed murder is guilty or not, now many things here could have went wrong, you got to have the best writer, the best director and the best actors to make this movie work and it payed off so well and I think this is cinema's greatest risk of doing something new with the story, giving it a twist and a edge and 12 Angry Men paid off brilliantly.

The acting from every singe actor in this movie all do realistic, believable, funny and serious per...

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08/04/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

A 'classic' worthy of its status.

A very dialogue heavy film can go one of two ways:
1. Be extremely boring.
2. Be extremely interesting.
And I am glad to report that 12 Angry Men falls into the latter category.

12 Angry Men is a movie that I was not ambitious to watch. It was placed very high on the IMDB Top 250 list, and when an older movie is praised that much I usually end up not liking it as much as others (Citizen Kane). But I am so glad I decided to watch this movie.
The script, the acting and the delivery of dialogue have got to be the strongest points in this film.
It feels like an empty room and twelve men come in and fill it with their incredible acting skills and great personalities. That's as good as I can describe it.
I cherish movies that have many limitations, but still manage to work with what th...

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04/22/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

A great American classic

A true American classic, 12 Angry Men is a movie that stands the test of time. It's message of fairness and stance against prejudice is just as relevant today as it was in 1957 when the film was released. This is a film about right and wrong and Henry Fonda's Juror number 8 is one of the great heroes of film. Lee J. Cobb is also fantastic in the film, vigorously defending his belief that the defendant is guilty to the point of nearly brawling with the other jurors. Cobb's juror hits home with this reviewer. How many times have you thought somebody was guilty and then was acquitted? Cobb's juror is one of us, a regular man who gets caught up in the hype. Despite his loud mouth and menacing presence, he too is standing up for what he believes in, even though it may be morally wrong. ...

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03/31/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"12 Angry Men" by Yojimbo

Sidney Lumet's classic courtroom drama is based upon a very simple premise; a jury is sent to deliberate on a capital murder case and one lone juror stands alone against the other eleven arguing that there is reasonable doubt. Virtually the entire film takes place in the same room and the characters are a deliberate cross section of different personalities from all walks of life. They even remain unnamed for the length of the film. It's basically a tribute to the American justice system and democracy in general; imagine a more high brow version of Frank Capra without the sentimentality. Slightly reminiscent of Rashomon, it exposes the preconceptions and prejudices behind the attitudes of some of the jurors and their refusal to accept the possibility of a juvenile delinquent's innocence an...

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11/07/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

12 Angry Men review

A teenager has been accused of first degree murder by stabbing his father. Out of the 12 jurors, Juror Number 8 (Henry Fonda) is the only one who doesn't rush his vote and believes there is reasonable doubt. An exceptional screenplay bombarded with superb dramatic acting by all the artists involved. It is a splendid character study into each juror, #1 the partial cool headed foreman, #2 and #5 has changed his vote in the latter portion of the picture #3 a temperamental and loud person who is firm in his vote #4 a rational and analytical person with glasses #6 tough and respects elders, #7 an arrogant sports fanatic who cares less about the outcome #8 Davis who creates good points and camaraderie, #9 is an old but observant individual who persuades juror # 4, #10 a grumpy old person who...

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04/16/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

One happy viewer

I saw this one night on my local PBS station. I heard of the moive before but never saw it. The name that made me watch the film was "Jack Klugman." I believe one episode of the television show 'Matlock' was taken from this moive. Matlock, Andy Griffith, was a laywer who got called to jury duty. And of course, he was the only of of the twelve who thought the defendant could have been not guilty. And the same thing happens in this episode that happened in this superb movie. I don't know who played him, but the last gentleman to change his vote from guilty to not guilty was excellent. The raw emotion he felt when his own son's neglect for him hardened his heart to see the innocence that this defendant had because he had a fight with his own father. Forget the story line, forget tha...

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08/01/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

A thought provoking film

A young man (John Savoca), who is a minority, is on trial for the murder of his father, which he says he didn't commit. Both sides have presented their cases, and now it's in the hands of the jury of his peers.

Each men believe that the boy, who has a criminal record, is guilty. However, one man of the jury, known only as "Juror #8" (Henry Fonda, who also served as the movie's producer) believes the boy is possibly not guilty. Now, he must convince the others of the jury that there is reasonable doubt in the boy's guilt.

One of the first things that you will notice is that there are only three sets in this film. Two of which, the courtroom and the jury room bathroom, are only seen briefly. The other room is a cramped jury room which appears to be a few flights up because of the ob...

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Super Kev

08/30/2007 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

I'll kill him! I'LL KILL HIM! - Juror #3

Lemme tell ya a little bit about myself. When I watch movies, I not only go to be entertained but to take something with me when it's finished. Now, MOST of the time it is something of a supernatural natural (almost as if God has opened up the Heaven's a said "Pay attention! This MEANS something!" and later I'll think about about it. Sometimes a movie will make me think of a ex-girlfriend or an old friend and if I ponder it long enough I will more than likely give that person a call or something. I have even had movies "speak" to me about mundane things (wow, now THAT is how I'd like to set up my living room) etc etc etc. However, ONE MOVIE comes to mind when I think about a movie that I was actively engaged in and not only impacted me right then and there, but for years and years to come...

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