12 Angry Men (Twelve Angry Men) Reviews
The film is essentially the story of a jury deliberation of a murder case involving a Hispanic youth that initially appears to be clear cut until one man raises questions mostly to ensure that everyone has given the case their full consideration, when doubts arise the tempers flare and the prejudices of some jury member‚(TM)s surface. Now instead of an exercise in fair play we have the juror‚(TM)s undertaking a decision that will determine the fate of a young man whose innocence becomes more and more likely.
The most effective aspects of Lumet‚(TM)s direction are making a film that is almost entirely dialogue in one room incredibly compelling and making that single set dramatic and effective. The tension mounts through out the film as the deliberation nears it conclusion and Lumet adjusts the cameras and the lenses to build a feeling of claustrophobia in the small extremely hot jury room.
The other major contributor was Reginald Rose who wrote the screenplay and co-produced the film with Fonda.
In addition to Fonda in what I believe is his best career performance we have host of recognizable faces including; Martin Balsam, Lee J Cobb, E.G. Marshall, Jack Warden, Ed Begley and one very recognizable voice is John Fiedler who better known as the voice of Piglet in Winnie the Pooh.
i feel so impassioned, this movie is my fav type
Sidney Lumet's feature debut is a superbly written, dramatically effective courtroom thriller that rightfully stands as a modern classic.
Academy Awards, USA 1958
Oscar Best Picture
Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium