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12 Angry Men

(DVD - 2011 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
12 Angry Men
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A behind-closed-doors look at the American legal system as riveting as it is spare, the iconic adaptation of Reginald Rose's teleplay stars Henry Fonda as the initially dissenting member of a jury of white men ready to pass judgment on a Puerto Rican teenager charged with murdering his father. What results is a saga of epic proportions that plays out in real time over ninety minutes in one sweltering room. One of the most radical big-screen courtroom dramas in cinema history.
Title: 12 angry men
[videorecording (DVD)]
Publisher: [Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, [2011]
Edition: Two-DVD special ed.
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (96 min.) :,sd., b&w ;,4 3/4 in. +,1 booklet (24 p. : ill. ; 18 cm.)
Notes: Special features: Schaffner's 1955 television version, with an introduction by Ron Simon, director of the Paley Center for Media Studies; "12 angry men": from television to the big screen, a video essay by film scholar Vance Kapley; original theatrical trailer; archival interviews with Lumet; new interview about the director with writer Walter Bernstein; new interview with Simon about television writer Reginald Rose; Tragedy in Temporary Town (1956), a teleplay directed by Lumet and written by Rose; new interview with cinematographer John Bailey.
Booklet features the essay "Lumet's Faces" by writer and law professor Thane Rosenbaum.
Accompanying material may vary.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1957.
Based on the television drama of the same title by Reginald Rose.
"New high-definition digital restoration"--Container.
Summary: A behind-closed-doors look at the American legal system as riveting as it is spare, the iconic adaptation of Reginald Rose's teleplay stars Henry Fonda as the initially dissenting member of a jury of white men ready to pass judgment on a Puerto Rican teenager charged with murdering his father. What results is a saga of epic proportions that plays out in real time over ninety minutes in one sweltering room. One of the most radical big-screen courtroom dramas in cinema history.
Awards & Distinctions: National Film Registry selection, 2007.
ISBN: 1604655097
9781604655094
Statement of Responsibility: Metro Goldwyn Mayer ; story and screenplay by Reginald Rose ; produced by Henry Fonda and Reginald Rose ; directed by Sidney Lumet ; Orion-Nova ; a United Artists presentation
Credits: Director of photography, Boris Kaufman ; film editor, Carl Lerner ; music, Kenyon Hopkins.
Performers: Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, Ed Begley, E.G. Marshall, Jack Warden, Martin Balsam, John Fiedler, Jack Klugman, Edward Binns, Joseph Sweeney, George Voskovec, Robert Webber.
System Details: DVD, region 1; NTSC; widescreen, 1.66:1 aspect ratio; monaural.
Other Language: English dialogue with optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing.
Subject Headings: Rose, Reginald Film adaptations. Capital punishment United States Drama. Parricide United States Drama. Abused children United States Drama. Jurors United States Drama. Jury United States Drama. Trials (Murder) United States Drama.
Genre/Form: Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Feature films.
Fiction films.
Film adaptations.
Legal films.
Topical Term: Capital punishment
Parricide
Abused children
Jurors
Jury
Trials (Murder)
Publisher No: CC2092DVD
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Oct 27, 2013
  • batman89 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The mere fact that we are kept entertained while the entire movie takes place in a single room is an achievement on its own. There are only a few movies that have achieved this. In 12 Angry Men, a jury is tasked with deciding whether a young man is guilty or not guilty of murdering his father. The point of the movie is not whether the boy is guilty or not or who committed the crime but how personal feelings and prejudice can get in the way of rendering a particular judgment in any type of situation. Also how "beyond a reasonable doubt" is probably the most important aspect of a trial involving a jury. I believe this movie was something of great importance during the time of its release since prejudice against certain groups of people was more rampant compared to today. This movie also has a stellar cast who play equally great characters. All different in how they think, reason, and most importantly what they believe, which results in a lot of tension and conflict while they deliberate or try to deliberate in the jury room. It is interesting to see who they are, what their personalities are like and how their feelings change or don’t change throughout the film because more or less these characters represent us, the audience or the everyday citizen who might be called upon by the government to sit on a jury. The outcome of the movie is not important. How the jurors came to that outcome is important and what you must look forward to the most. This is one of Henry Fonda’s and Lee J. Cobb’s best movies. Their roles are unforgettable and when you watch 12 Angry Men, you will know why. This is truly a great piece of film making. A timeless classic and a must watch for everyone.

Oct 14, 2013
  • AGuyInAHat rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I have seen a perfect film. 12 Angry Men, for me at least seems to embody all the things I love about movies, and it barely even leaves a single room: Drama, mystery, the human condition, extreme personalities sparring with each other over the fate of a young bo they have never met. The heroic Juror 8 played by Henry Fonda reminded me of the mastery he has over his craft, but his performance as great as it may seem is dwarfed by Lee J. Cobb's performance as Juror 3, cold, prejudiced, shallow and dark. The story itself is deceptively simple and set up like a stage play, and despite the setting, a palpably stifling room that becomes more and more cramped as the story intensifies, it grabs the viewer by the shoulders and only tightens the further you get. As I stated before, 12 Angry Men is a perfect film in all respects, and kudos to George Millar for mentioning the equally stunning Russian remake.

Oct 03, 2013
  • PrinceBishop rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

To laustcawz: this film is not a who-done-it, therefore the question of who killed the father is irrelevant to the context. Also it isn't up to the jury to PROVE that the kid DIDN'T commit murder; it was up to the prosecution to prove that he did. Even in America, an accused is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. This film examines that question of "reasonable doubt", and it does so brilliantly. Classic film. Five Stars. Highly Recommended.

I have to return this disc and put another on order because so many of you idiots have no respect for how to treat dvd media. For Heaven's sake it looks as if you morons threw it on the tarmac and drove over it.

Apr 24, 2013
  • laustcawz rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Of note: The jury never proves that the kid didn't commit murder, only that no one saw him do it...& if he didn't do it, WHO DID????

Desslok--I realize the movie's making its own point, but I think it's notable that this question never gets answered. The whole movie's full of people pointing out things that had been overlooked, anyway.

Dec 18, 2012
  • George Millar rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Strange, but I preferred a later Russian version at EPL called "12." The Russian story has much more breadth and consequence. "12 Angry Men" gives far less credibility to the boy facing the death sentence. I never thought that a great classic could be eclipsed by a Russian remake!

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

An outstanding, timeless film. This was directorial craftsman Sidney Lumet's (Serpico, The Verdict, etc.) first feature film. Helluva debut! Gritty, sweaty, 'pull-no-punches' realism. Stellar cast. They don't make 'em like this anymore. Magnificent. FIVE STARS.

Dec 17, 2012
  • annamfan rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This DVD is scratched.

Dec 07, 2012
  • GHN rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Before watching this movie, I never expect this movie could be as interesting, as captivating since the whole story based on a group of male juries arguing on a murder case. It turns out to be an excellent movie. For a police mystery kind of movie without actually showing the victim or the scene of the drama, it could still make you appreciate it.

Nov 23, 2012
  • Desslok rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Laustcawz: It's never clear if the kid really did it, but that isn't the point. And many modern lawyers say that the jury made the correct decision as far as reasonable doubt goes

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