Released in 1957, 12 Angry Men is acclaimed director Sidney Lumet’s first shot at direction.
Yes, Sidney Lumet. The same bloke that brought us the lovely Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead.
The movie features Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb and E.G. Marshall among others
Apparently, but for three minutes the entire movie was filmed in one room.
According to Wiki:
In 2007, 12 Angry Men was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.
We’ll have an update to this post in a few hours after we finish watching the movie.
12 Angry Men is a masterpiece.
Unbelievable that a first-time director (Sidney Lumet) could put out such an extraordinary movie using no more than 12 ordinary characters in a nondescript jury room.
This Black and White movie is great not merely from a movie-making perspective but also for the insight it provides into the human soul.
We’ve always held a low opinion of humans – most are little more than clothed beasts. 12 Angry Men only confirmed our belief.
Even when a man’s life hangs in the balance, how some of us are moved only by our prejudices, our callousness, our petty desires of wanting desperately to go to a ball-game, how our past can come in the way of a reasoned decision, our carelessness in failing to notice key facts that yell out to be noticed or the desire of some to invent reality for the sake of a few minutes of attention in an uneventful, ignored life (we can’t tell more lest we give away crucial details).
We’ve watched Indian movies for several decades and not once has any of them even remotely approached 12 Angry Men.
This movie proves that to make a masterpiece you don’t need to step out of a single room. No need for those expensive trips to Namibia, Peru or Switzerland featuring Hrithik Roshan, Rajinikanth or Sharukh Khan.
Henry Fonda, Lee Cobb (you’ll know who he is should you watch the movie) and Joseph Sweeney (the old man) stand out in an all-round fine performance by everyone.
The story and brilliant screenplay is by Reginald Rose.
After watching 12 Angry Men, you’ll never think of justice the same way again. We promise you that.
SearchIndia.com strongly recommends 12 Angry Men.
If you live in the U.S., 12 Angry Men should be available at Blockbuster (some stores, not all) or Netflix.