Summary: engaging story that exemplifies how the justice system works in the U.S. it is a testament to the execution of the film by the director, Lumet, and the 12 principal actors that there is nary a dull moment despite being the "talky-est" of "talky" films and taking place in a single location. the acting is fine, but some of the characters (as written) represent cliches. surely, it is designed this way, but aside from Cobb, there are no standouts.
Excerpt: 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.
Excerpt: Riveting drama from start to finish wonderfully directed by the late great Sidney Lumet. Even though the film takes place in the same room throughout you never lose interest thanks to the terrific screenplay and the inventive camera movement. The cast is great led by Henry Fonda and disgruntled juror #3 Lee J Cobb. The black and white cinematography gives the film and added sense of intensity and realism. Highly Recommended!!
Excerpt: The plot - excellent! I must be a stage-play groupie for the 98% of the story is filmed in one room - like a stage play and it was amazing how you were kept captivated over the hour and a half. The only other favourite of mine, filmed in one room, would be Dial-M for Murder which really gets the equally high rating as this movie. This movie I would highly recommend to anyone and that is high praise from me!
Excerpt: Recently,much attention has been given to the release of the West Memphis Three, whom served nearly 20 years on death row over a triple-homicide they did not commit. It goes without saying that mistrials still happen even in a time as advanced as ours. 12 Angry Men not only addressees the issue of mistrials it attempts to unearth it's root cause.
A superb Blu-ray edition of an essential American classic.
The Great Owl, blu-ray.com
30 April 2013
Excerpt: I discovered 12 Angry Men when I was in ninth grade, because my English teacher assigned the original teleplay to our class. I was fascinated by some of the more disturbing nuances of the jury deliberation process, such as the possibility that someone could be sentenced to death simply because a juror was in a hurry to get to an evening baseball game (or, in the instance of the teleplay, tickets to The Seven-Year Itch).
Excerpt: Getting through the holidays, and finally having a chance to sit down and catch up on some Criterion movies has proved to be an absolute treat. On the top of my list was Sidney Lumet’s, 12 Angry Men. This, ladies and gentlemen, is minimalism at its very best. I am not at all surprised that this 1957 film was nominated for multiple Academy Awards.
Excerpt: This is a classic movie, and it's a film that everyone must see. The transfer looks very good, and it's the best this film has ever looked. That being said it wasn't perfect. The movie was extremely grainy, so if you like that sort of thing this will be the movie for you. There were a couple scenes that didn't look as good as they could have, but those were only minor things.