12 Angry Men (Twelve Angry Men) (1957)



Critic Consensus: Sidney Lumet's feature debut is a superbly written, dramatically effective courtroom thriller that rightfully stands as a modern classic.

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A Puerto Rican youth is on trial for murder, accused of knifing his father to death. The twelve jurors retire to the jury room, having been admonished that the defendant is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Eleven of the jurors vote for conviction, each for reasons of his own. The sole holdout is Juror #8, played by Henry Fonda. As Fonda persuades the weary jurors to re-examine the evidence, we learn the backstory of each man. Juror #3 (Lee J. Cobb), a bullying self-made … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Classics
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Written By: Reginald Rose
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On DVD: Mar 6, 2001
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Critic Reviews for 12 Angry Men (Twelve Angry Men)

All Critics (47) | Top Critics (6)

Too few films take on the art of arguing as a subject; we could certainly use more of them, but until then, Lumet's window into strained civic duty will continue to serve mightily.

Full Review… | July 3, 2013
Time Out
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The film leaves a tremendous impact.

Full Review… | June 30, 2008
Top Critic

Mechanically written, but within its own middlebrow limitations, it delivers the goods.

Full Review… | June 26, 2007
Chicago Reader
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A strangely realistic thriller.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Lumet in his first film records it as a meticulous laboratory experiment, a clammy orchestra

Full Review… | August 26, 2015

...the film has aged surprisingly well in the years since its 1957 release.

Full Review… | February 16, 2015
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Audience Reviews for 12 Angry Men (Twelve Angry Men)

This classic is a scintillating courtroom drama with an excellent script and a brisk pace. It's all the more important considering it came just before the social upheaval in the 60's, when America began to reevaluate its prejudices.

Kase Vollebregt
Kase Vollebregt

Super Reviewer

Exceptionally acted and written, 12 Angry Men is a smart, thrilling classic that keeps the viewer hanging on to every word.

Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

Super Reviewer

Juror #8: It's always difficult to keep personal prejudice out of a thing like this. And wherever you run into it, prejudice always obscures the truth.

"It Explodes Like 12 Sticks of Dynamite"

12 Angry Men is a movie of no action, but loads of tension. It finds the tension in differences of opinion, how people were brought up and how they talk, act and think. This is Sidney Lumet's most revered and remembered film, and for good reason. It's one of those rare films that won't leave you, ever. It's powerful and extremely well directed, written and acted.

An 18 year old slum kid is on trial for his life. He is accused of stabbing and killing his father. The 12 men of the jury retire to the jury room and take a vote. With the first vote, 11 of the jurors believe he is guilty and only one isn't sure; he votes not guilty. From there it's arguments and yelling, as Juror #8 tries to prove that you can't prove the boy killed his father.

There's a lot of reasons why this film is so good, but the most obvious one to me, is how simple it happens to be. It's twelve men sitting and walking around a table. They're all different, and the actors who played them couldn't have done a better job. The standouts for me were, obviously, Henry Fonda(one of the best ever) as Juror #8 and Lee J. Cobb who plays Juror #3, and is the exact opposite of Fonda's character.

It's easy to see why this is so often considered among people as one of the best films ever; definitely one of the best American films. 12 Angry Men is one that cannot and should not be missed by any film fan.

Melvin White

Super Reviewer

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