* 12 Angry Men (1957)

12 Angry Men

(1957)

Jury, Jurors, Jury Room, Courtroom, Judge, Criminal Trial, Patricide, Evidence, Proof, Reasonable Doubt, Jurisdiction: New York
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From criterion.com: Directed by Sidney Lumet, this law film “may be the most radical courtroom drama in cinema history. A behind-closed-doors look at the American legal system that is as riveting as it is spare, this iconic adaptation of Reginald Rose’s teleplay stars Henry Fonda as the dissenting member on a jury of white men ready to pass judgment on a Puerto Rican teenager charged with murdering his father. The result is a saga of epic proportions that plays out over a tense afternoon in one sweltering room. Lumet’s electrifying snapshot of 1950s America on the verge of change is one of the great feature film debuts.”

From Reel Justice: The Courtroom Goes to the Movies {amazon}: This law film “is undoubtedly the movies’ most fervent defense of the jury system, and by far the best account of jury deliberations. A few hotheads aside, the jurors are decent and open-minded people trying their best to arrive at truth and achieve justice. They take the concept of reasonable doubt seriously, and in the end reason triumphs over passion and bigotry. A foreign-born juror makes the larger point that trial by jury is a central American value: ‘We are not here to fight, we have a responsibility. This is a remarkable thing about democracy… We come down to this place to decide on the guilt or innocence of a man we have never heard of before…This is one of the reasons why we are strong. We should not make it a personal thing.'”


Director – Sidney Lumet
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Juror 1 – Martin Balsam
Juror 2 – John Fiedler
Juror 3 – Lee J. Cobb
Juror 4 – E. G. Marshall
Juror 5 – Jack Klugman
Juror 6 – Edward Binns
Juror 7 – Jack Warden
Juror 8 – Henry Fonda
Juror 9 – Joseph Sweeney
Juror 10 – Ed Begley
Juror 11 – George Voskovec
Juror 12 – Robert Webber
Judge – Rudy Bond
Court Clerk – Bill Nelson
Defendant – John Savoca
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Scholarship

12 Angry Men: Lumet’s Faces – Thane Rosenbaum
12 Angry Men: A Revisionist View – Michael Asimow
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Research

American Bar Association – Top 25 Legal Movies – No.2
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Criterion
Home Theater Forum
Slant
DVDTown
10 Things I learned: 12 Angry Men – Kim Hendrickson
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IMDb
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