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12 Angry Men (1957)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | April 1957 (USA)
A jury holdout attempts to prevent a miscarriage of justice by forcing his colleagues to reconsider the evidence.

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The defense and the prosecution have rested and the jury is filing into the jury room to decide if a young man is guilty or innocent of murdering his father. What begins as an open-and-shut case of murder soon becomes a detective story that presents a succession of clues creating doubt, and a mini-drama of each of the jurors' prejudices and preconceptions about the trial, the accused, and each other. Based on the play, all of the action takes place on the stage of the jury room. Written by pjk <PETESID@VNET.IBM.COM>

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They have twelve scraps of paper... Twelve chances to kill! See more »

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In 12 Angry Men (1997), Lee J. Cobb's character was played by George C. Scott, making it the second time Scott played a character on film that had been originated by Cobb. The first was the character of "Lieutenant Kinderman" in The Exorcist III (1990), the same character Cobb played in The Exorcist (1973), and on stage, Scott portrayed Willy Loman in a 1975 revival of "Death of a Salesman", the role originated by Cobb. See more »

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Juror #8 (Henry Fonda) bought a knife and shows it to the jury in order to refute the idea that the boy's knife is one of a kind. As pointed out in the discussion revolving around the knife, it is illegal to buy/sell/own a switchblade knife. After the jurors have left the room at the end, the camera pans across the jury room table and the knife #8 purchased is still laying on the table. Whoever cleans that jury room and finds that knife will certainly report it to the bailiff or an officer, thus leaving #8 open to possible arrest for possessing the knife should they investigate and learn where the knife came from. See more »

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[first lines]
Man in corridor: You did a wonderful job, wonderful job!
Judge: To continue, you've listened to a long and complex case, murder in the first degree. Premeditated murder is the most serious charge tried in our criminal courts. You've listened to the testimony, you've had the law read to you and interpreted as it applies in this case, it's now your duty to sit down and try to separate the facts from the fancy. One man is dead, another man's life is at stake, if there's a reasonable doubt in your minds as to...
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At the end of the film, the actors are billed in order of their juror numbers; thus Henry Fonda, although the star of the film, appears 8th. See more »

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Dance of the Cuckoos
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Good script, great dialogs and a set of actors who would be the envy of the world
1 September 2003 | by See all my reviews

This is one of those movies where everything could go wrong. The story is as simple as it can be: 12 men are jurors on a open and shut murder trial, but one man thinks that another persons life deserves at least some thought on the matter and votes not guilty. From this point on we have 12 actors and a closed room. This could be the most boring film ever made. Lumet however is a master of mise-en-scene and provides a tense movie that keeps you locked on from the word "go". The dialogs are great and supported by incredibly talented actors. Joel Schumacher in Phone Booth needed to see this movie and draw a few ideas on how to make a character built, dialog driven movie. A must see for everyone.


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