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12 Angry Men (Twelve Angry Men) Reviews

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July 23, 2016
Long before films like "Phone Booth" came along, Lumet's court-room (rather jury-room) drama epitomized the one-setting film.

Fonda is an architect, literally, I don't just mean the character Juror 8, but Fonda is an architect of the role. He analyzes problems using critical thinking and deductive reasoning more than anyone else on the jury has the ability to; he's the most mathematically sound to analyze real facts, while others are blinded by their prejudices. Later, at nearly an hour in, he provides one of his most compelling cases by using blueprints of the accused's building and mapping out a timed sequence which determines whether or not claims against the accused can be justified. Nothing is an accident here, his being an architect proves useful in determining key facts. As a result, he achieves the unthinkable, turning it half and half by the magical one hour mark, 6-6. Lumet brilliantly breaks up the tension as the thickening heat turns to storm, rainfall settles the mood, signs of unity as Juror 1 and 8 work to close the window and share a personal moment.

Heat, storm, anger and tempers flaring, the coldest one never sweats. There's so much environment to make this a visual masterpiece, despite the idea seeming like nothing but dialogue at the onset.
July 6, 2016
12 Angry Men (1957) 96m. ???? D: Sidney Lumet. Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, Martin Balsam, John Fiedler. Lumet's best film is brilliantly directed and acted drama about about confused, mad jurors who struggle to solve murder case; pure dynamite. Powerhouse script (by Reginald Rose), flawless casting all-round; a truly classic movie. Remade in 2007 as 12.
July 4, 2016
Could be the best melodrama of all time. Brilliantly filmed in black & white without any distraction from the characters at-hand, almost completely filmed in a purgatory-state single-room.
July 2, 2016
Best Black and White movie
June 30, 2016
One of my favourite movies of all time. Fonda's articulation is so well delivered. The jedi mind tricks he uses to put reasonable doubts in all the jurors minds is amazing, this is a fact. You don't need a big budget to make a great movie, great actors and dialogue will do it, this movie proves that fact in abundance!
June 18, 2016
The perfect proof that a great masterpiece does not need hugs action scenes to keep you. Just 12 men in one room, a great story and brilliant acting.
June 12, 2016
camera work, acting and story development through dialogue : for me the movie wins all the fame that has for his perfect handling in this three things.
May 29, 2016
A masterpiece. Highly recommended. Lumet's directorial debut couldn't've been better.
May 4, 2016
Wow, excellent film. Brilliant script, brilliant direction, brilliant performances. A story about what it means to live in this country - still incredibly relevant today. I lament that these type of films are no longer made - instead we get "Captain America Gets Mad At One Of His Friends And Bullets Fly and Buildings Fall Down"!
May 3, 2016
A court drama from the perspective of a jury.
April 21, 2016
The only word that comes to mind: Flawless
April 16, 2016
Another one of those cases in which the movie struggles to come up with a visual justification for its existence as a film rather than a play. But when the actors and the writing are as good as they are here, it isn't enough to hamper the overall enjoyment.
March 25, 2016
A flawless film in every way! It feels very real, and as if it could've been released yesterday. It was a pleasure to watch this story unfold step by step; with each passing minute and each piece of well-placed dialogue, the characters develop into (often scarily) accurate versions of people we all know already. The main character in particular is gutsy, thought-provoking and nothing short of inspirational.
½ March 20, 2016
Enjoyed this despite the age- which means coping with mixed acting performances and set design shortcuts. But the battle of characters slugging it out on a whodunnit obstacle course is fascinating.

Characterisation is somewhat 2D, but entertaining for that- eg, the tall, dark, handsome & brainless ad exec relying on trendy glasses when he wants to be taken seriously :P

Like many oldie films from an era of less choice, 12 Angry is prone to overrating (100% on Rotten Tomatoes? Gimme a break!) - but definitely worth a watch. I wonder if the '97 remake is any good?
March 16, 2016
Short, tense and to-the-point, "12 Angry Men" takes the simple idea of a dozen men arguing with each other while locked in a room and runs away with it. The cast is powerful and believable and the script very well-written, combining the elements of mystery (a murder's been committed, remember), argumentations and, surprisingly, nuanced yet mostly discreet characterization. Recommended.
March 14, 2016
Una de las mejores películas hechas por el hombre.
½ March 9, 2016
A black and white film that proves that you don't need a hundred sets, CGI and a thousand extras, to make something people will not only enjoy, but remember. True cinema.
March 8, 2016
A truly classic film. It's amazing how a film that barely leaves one setting can be so entertaining.

The lesson to learn from this film is that nothing can be taken for granted. If something seems obvious then look deeper. Never assume anything.
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