12 Angry Men (DVD)

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Adapted from Reginald Rose's television play, this film marked the directing debut of Sidney Lumet. At the end of a murder trial in New York City, the twelve jurors retire to consider the verdict. The man in the dock is a young Puerto Rican accused of killing his father, and eleven of the twelve jurors do not hesitate in finding him guilty. However, one of the jurors (Henry Fonda), reluctant to send the youngster to his death without any debate, returns a vote of not guilty. From this single event, the jurors begin to re-evaluate the case, as they look at the murder - and themselves - in a fresh light.

Product Details

Barcode
5039036064699
Department
Movies & TV
Released
13 Jan 2014
Type
Movies
Format
DVD
Genre
Modern Classic
Region
Region 2
Language
English
Secondary Languages
French, Italian, German
Subtitles
Dutch
Subtitle 2
Spanish
Subtitle 3
German
Sound Format
Dolby Digital 2.0
Studio
MGM Home Entertainment
Extras
  • Interactive Menus
  • Trailers
Runtime
92 min
Age Restriction
U
Supply Source
UK

Movie

Title
12 Angry Men
Release Year
1957
Running Time
96 min
Language
English
Color
B&W
Alternate Title
Twelve Angry Men
Categories
Dramas / Classic / Essential Cinema / Injustice / Law/Lawyers / Recommended / Theatrical Release
Official Website
http://www.criterion.com/films/27871-12-angry-men
Ratings
IMDb
9.0
Rotten Tomatoes®
100% 97%
Metacritic
96
Synopsis
Sidney Lumet's directorial debut is a snapshot of the American judicial system in action. Twelve average New York males convene in a very small jury room on a very hot day in order to reach a verdict in a murder trial. Almost everyone wants to vote guilty and get on with their lives except for Juror No. 8 (Henry Fonda), a conscientious citizen who insists on establishing reasonable doubt. Arguments are made, cigarettes are smoked, murder weapons examined, diagrams drawn, and prejudices revealed. Firm opinions weaken and reverse; voices get raised, the clock ticks, and a ghetto kid's life hangs in the balance.

Lumet's direction and camerawork steadily builds pressure into the plot. Things start out casual, but wind up so close and tight you can count the pores on the actors' noses. Fonda is good in a role well-suited to his extra-large sense of human dignity but the stealth giant in this actors dozen is the ferocious Lee J. Cobb. Jack Klugman, E.G. Marshall, Martin Balsam, Ed Begley, and Jack Warden play some of the other jurors, and a better assemblage of grizzled method actors shouting at each other won't likely come again. 12 ANGRY MEN was originally written for television, it is a true classic of the anti-McCarthy message era, and is not to be missed.
Notes
Estimated budget: $343,000.

The shoot lasted 19 days.

The movie marked the feature-film directorial debut of Sidney Lumet.

The film was remade for cable television in 1997, directed by William Friedkin, written again by Reginald Rose, and starring Jack Lemmon, George C. Scott, Courtney B. Vance, Ossie Davis, James Gandolfini, Tony Danza, and others.
Poster
Poster for 12 Angry Men
Cast & Crew
Director
Sidney Lumet
Star
Martin Balsam / Ed Begley / Lee J. Cobb / Henry Fonda / Jack Klugman / E.G. Marshall / Jack Warden
Screenwriter
Reginald Rose
Composer
Kenyon Hopkins
Producer
Henry Fonda / Reginald Rose
Director of Photography
Boris Kaufman
Editor
Carl Lerner
Art Director
Robert Markell
Movie Critics
Chicago Sun-Times
"...This is a film where tension comes from personality conflict, dialogue and body language....The movie plays like a textbook for directors interested in how lens choices affect mood..."
Roger Ebert (29 Sep 2002, p.6)
Entertainment Weekly
"Fonda shines -- almost literally in a white suit -- as the soft-spoken, merciful Juror No. 8." -- Grade: A-
Jeff Labrecque (7 Mar 2008, p.75)
Premiere
"Best Courtroom Drama of All Time"
(1 Jun 1994, p.119)
Sight and Sound
"[T]he textures of the film actively transform this righteous template into a bristly, suspenseful, heroic firefight..."
Sight and Sound Critic (1 Jan 2012, )
USA Today
"...As the juror dead-set against a murder conviction, Henry Fonda had one of his greatest roles..."
Mike Clark (23 Mar 2001, p.6E)