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12 Angry Men (Twelve Angry Men) Reviews

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May 23, 2019
A masterpiece. Excellent script, acting and shots from the director. Definitely you can call it a flawless movie.
April 5, 2019
Even though "12 Angry Men" was filmed in the 1950s, the negotiation techniques deployed by the protagonist still remains relevant in today's context. In "12 Angry Men", twelve jurors are tasked with deciding whether or not an 18-year-old boy is guilty of stabbing his father to death based on the prosecutor's interrogation and the defendant lawyer's findings. If found guilty, the boy shall be sentenced to death. However, as the jury begins their discussion, we see that some of the jurors simply want to get the process over and done with. All of them except juror No. 8, the protagonist in the movie, hence vote the boy as guilty of charge from the get-go without reasoning the case. Juror No. 8 is the only one who finds that "it is not easy to⦠send a boy to die without talking about it first" and tries to engage the men in a discussion. As the negotiations progress, one by one the jurors start to realise that there is no definitive evidence to rule that the boy is guilty and they start finding reasonable doubt in whether the boy actually did kill his father. The movie uses an engaging and easy to follow narrative to depict skills in negotiation and is definitely a worthy watch.
March 30, 2019
A brilliant piece of work that unveils how 12 individuals' varied interest play out through deliberation. Interesting story line that revolves around reaching an agreement for the subject at hand. Each character is well developed and the dramatic dialogue leaves the audience captivated.
March 28, 2019
Very well written script. The film explores the art of negotiation - how people are occupied by different interests and thus push their positions to the table. It is thrilling to watch the unraveling of each character and how they attempt to convince one another even when there was little personal benefit with the verdict. Personal humanity and stereotypes often come up as important negotiation chess pieces but do take note of how Juror 8 manages to overcome the odds that are stacked against him.
March 25, 2019
12 Angry Men (1957) is a courtroom drama that focuses on 12 men contemplating the possible conviction of an 18-year old boy. In order to acquit him, they need to unanimously reach the conclusion that there is ‚reasonable doubt‚? of the boy‚(TM)s motives for murder. Amongst the 12 men, only one man (Juror 8, played by Henry Fonda), claims the defendant is not guilty. The rest of the film follows along as Juror 8 negotiates and questions the assumptions of the other jurors in the room, slowly drawing them to see the value in his stance. How does he accomplish this? The movie beautifully and skilfully navigates how Juror 8 debates and negotiates with the other jurors to see that there is room for reasonable doubt. We see important decision-making and consensus-building mechanisms in play, and also see how prejudice and bias are ineffective and inefficient when it comes to reaching consensus. A must-watch.
March 17, 2019
Absolutely breathtaking. Never has a task as simple as being in a jury been so intense before. Accompanying the film's superb atmosphere; was the phenomenal directing the Lumet, the great performances from its cast, and the rich character development it has to offer. It deserves to be considered a classic.
March 13, 2019
The Greatest Courtroom Drama Film (Besides "Anatomy of A Murder") ever made, in Sidney Lumet's debut. Henry Fonda delivers one of his greatest performances in this tense and gripping film.
March 6, 2019
An incredible film that is even more incredible for the fact that it was filmed almost entirely in one small room and was made on a surprisingly small budget. The film did have a top Hollywood star in Henry Fonda but while director Sidney Lumet would go on to an amazing career this was his first work outside of television. The film earned 3 important Oscar nominations for Best Film, Best Direction and Best Writing but would lose all three categories to Bridge on the River Kwai and was not successful at the box office. Despite all this more than 50 years later this film currently sits at #7 on the IMDB Top 250 films of all time, a position that I believe is justified.

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.
March 6, 2019
I love this movie for all the reasons everyone else does, but what really stands out is the fluid and emotional choreography between the camera and the actors. It allows for the long takes that really drew me into the movie.
½ March 5, 2019
A film with a simple concept but performed and delivered very well. It has a underlying message about prejudicial actions and the difficulties of jury work.
March 4, 2019
Many older movies don't age very well or live up to the hype (Citizen Kane and Rosemary's Baby come to mind) for me but this is one of the greatest movies I've ever seen. No CGI, no massive budget or elaborate set design, just 12 people talking in a room and I couldn't look away. We could use more Juror #8s in our modern day society who are not afraid to stand up to the Juror # 3 and 10s of the world.
March 2, 2019
Thrilling from beginning to end, as the case against a young murder suspect unfolds and unravels, in the deliberations of twelve jurors. Each character is complex and well thought in their own right and the story kept me enthralled until the very end. Im man enough to say i cried for no. 3 at the end and would recomend this film for anyone. Terrific!
February 26, 2019
good. but black and white
February 24, 2019
this movie is amazing. Really i wanna see it more than once.
i feel so impassioned, this movie is my fav type
February 22, 2019
Unforgettable performances by all. Just as relevant today as the year it was released. Superb movie that I understand was not a hit.
February 21, 2019
A jury holdout attempts to prevent a miscarriage of justice by forcing his colleagues to reconsider the evidence

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
Henry Fonda
Reginald Rose
Best Director
Sidney Lumet
Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium
Reginald Rose
February 19, 2019
An essential, unforgettable film built on the simplest of premises and played to maximum effect. It's thrilling, emotional, and intelligent without ever coming across as schlocky or preachy. A film for everyone.
February 16, 2019
A fantastically written film with some truly amazing performances. It's not often when a movie leaves its audience questioning themselves as much as "12 Angry Men" does. This is definitely worth a watch.
February 9, 2019
Unbelievable character development though only the dialogue. Incredible acting!
February 1, 2019
A true classic of cinema! Just watch it!
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