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A true example of what a movie should be! Recommended with no reservations!
|10/10||unkystan@ - 5 reviews|
5.1.2013 - age: 50+
One of the best courtroom dramas I have seen. Henry Fonda has an incredible command of the screen.
|9/10||sacoca_@ - 653 reviews|
12.8.2012 - age: 26-35
Nothing but truly demonstrating what is "reasonable doubt" in the best way a movie can ever do. Such a believable act!
|9/10||jgluo@ - 32 reviews|
4.5.2012 - age: 36-49
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Superb courthouse drama, focusing on a man of justice who won't be forced to a decision by the other eleven jurists to condemn a youth on trial for murder. It's summer, the court house has no air-conditioning and tempers run high as jurists shift from one position to another, a gamut of emotions as volatile as a bomb about to explode. The anger of one jurist (Lee J. Cobb) to get the trial over and done with has a deeper side than just wanting to reach a verdict. He is in torment from a personal family crisis with his son that has proven to be a 'rotter' in the face of his father (Cobb) Other characters show a variety of human frailties of a most severe severe nature while jurists seem to embody 'everyman' who go with the flow, but are open to seeing the light in this horrendous murder trial. It was the great Sydney lumet's first theatrical film and it is a dandy. Headed by Henry Fonda with an absolute STELLAR cast of great actors of the 1950's period, their careers ranging from as far back as 1939 this is a film of great skill. The clausterphobic atmosphere of the jury's room, where most of the action takes place, raises the level of anxiety, temper and anger to a fever pitch, at times to the point of out and out verbal and even physical violence so high do the emotions run. This was a labour of love for Henry Fonda who wanted to make a perfect theatrical movie of the tremendous Broadway hit which has just been revived on Broadway to great aclaim. The movie is a winner on every level: the cast, Lumet's strong direction, the movie's set decoration making the situation seem all the more desperate and volatile in the stifling heet. There are no histrionics in this film. It is simply a fabulously written movie that places the viewer in ONE solitary room for the majority of the film, yet there is not ONE DULL MOMENT. It's is a masterpiece of a movie, of restraint and demonstrates how a single man with a nagging hunch that justice, on the verge of being sabotaged, can eventually come to a truth when all seems lost. Not to be missed.
|10/10||pad.operaphile@ - 18 reviews|
17.6.2011 - age: 26-35
"A Reasonable Doubt". This statement now has the impact on my mind that it deserves. The jury selection has become more democratic in the past 60 years, but the same challenges exist. For as long as we entertain the notion 'innocent until proven guilty', we will be apart from those who would arbitrarily create and enforce rules for their own edification. More (mental) action in one bare room than in a dozen blockbusters. A marvelous, marvelous film.
|10/10||m.j.brown@ - 264 reviews|
8.9.2010 - age: 50+
It's been a while - but I do recall the acting was very good - and an excellent story -- a great drama; very interesting movie.
|8/10||petersimard@ - 57 reviews|
13.5.2010 - age: 36-49
This movie is a true classic. Besides proving that you don't need CGI or slick special effects to make an engaging movie, it does an excellent job of ratcheting up the tension as it goes on. The acting is excellent and the characters are well done and developed. It also shows that exotic locales don't make the movie, (Look at Brendan Fraser's "The Mummy") and that success can be achieved with a cast of just twelve.
|10/10||wpitch@ - 3 reviews|
14.4.2010 - age: 13-17
I had seen this film at school and we all had to express how we felt. To me at first I found it boring but then I had to visualize and see how expressive which it turned out that the film itself was quite amazingly good. It had began and the whole concept that it was only in one room and from seeing the acting how all those men were trying best to find out this murder case that to me I found it quite educated and later to be interesting hearing and that it relied mainly how the actors express their perspectives and it had absolutely no special effects. Just by seeing twelve men trying to visualize and find out who is in fault which brings in the life experiences when it comes to a murder case and you have to see who is the guilty one. It reminds me the old Perry Mason court series except this time twelve men trying to find out the decisions and seeing who is the one to blame. This is what brought the attention.
|8/10||movieactress2002@ - 154 reviews|
10.9.2009 - age: 50+
Great movie. It's so cool how the movie takes place in one room the whole time and it has so much depth. It's interesting and educational. It show's that misconceived notions about people can have horrible consequences. Like what you see isn't always what you get. And we need more people like the main character in this world defending the innocent.
|9/10||xox_delta94@ - 148 reviews|
10.7.2009 - age: 13-17
This movie was sooo boring omg how could anyone watch it=(
|1/10||liz_skelton_08@ - first review|
6.3.2008 - age: 13-17
The greatest ensemble cast of all time. An amazing cinematic experience. A breath of fresh air to watch a movie that relies on the acting ability of its performers instead of mindless special effects co-ordinators.
|10/10||cln10@ - 9 reviews|
27.10.2007 - age: 36-49
One of the best movies ever made. It takes place in 1 room, so it relies on a story and characters, not special effects.
|10/10||mseibel@ - 3 reviews|
28.9.2007 - age: 36-49
This is one of my top 5 favorite movies. Great performance by H. Fonda & Lee Jacob.
|9/10||sentenza99@ - 600 reviews|
24.8.2007 - age: 26-35 - One reply
Seen this in class at school... Worth watching.
|7/10||michelle_wiseman33@ - 19 reviews|
19.7.2007 - age: 13-17
If you ever want to see amovie where nothing matters except the sheer brilliant acting of some of the best character actors to come out of hollywood. Then this is the movie to see. Nothing to see except twelve men in a Jury room deliberating a murder case. If you haven't seen this movie, shame on you. Go rent it NOW!!!
|10/10||habman1010@ - 6 reviews|
15.6.2007 - age: 36-49
What a great movie! The entire movie, except for 3 minutes of it, takes place in one room. Think it might be boring? Think again! With such a great cast and believable characters, this movie demonstrates how each person's life experiences affects the way he/she acts and thinks. Is the suspect guilty or not guilty? Well I guess you'll have to enter the jury room and make up your own mind.
|9/10||lisa_italia@ - first review|
7.6.2007 - age: 36-49
Anyone who loves courtroom drama should see this classic. The courtroom is never seen but the drama and tension exceeds any Law & Order episode.
|9/10||loudav@ - first review|
9.2.2007 - age: 36-49
Hollywood has proved more than once that putting a bunch of high priced stars together DOES NOT guarantee success. This, however is NOT one of those cases. It is in fact one of those gems in which everything works. The story is the key but this cast really pulls it off. Even if you know the ending you really feel dragged though the process (this is a good thing) just to get there. There are several young actors who go on to bigger roles in later years and really give there all here. You can feel the heat just watching the film; feel the tension and want to jump up and punch someone because of what you see.
|10/10||basienut@ - 6 reviews|
9.1.2007 - age: 36-49
Simply a masterpiece. Stands the test of time.
|10/10||cinegortai@ - 35 reviews|
9.7.2006 - age: 36-49
This is a masterpiece. Well written. Top notch actors. It draws you into the situation unlike current movies and like only a few movies in earlier decades. A must see for all who enjoy film. The 12 men represent 12 different character types that you will run into and perhaps have to deal with in real life. As a side note, several businesses have used this film in leadership seminars.
|10/10||lawlessdc@ - 8 reviews|
21.5.2006 - age: 36-49
Hello Officer, This is a an excellent movie. This movie is about life and human beings. The facts apply even today. Although, education level of our society is increasing, cultural differences and our prejuduces haven't advanced as it should be. Acting and crew is excellent. Everyone should bring their teenagers to see this movie. Thank you in advance for your time and attention [...]
|9/10||ozcan@ - 2 reviews|
12.5.2006 - age: 36-49
It did not cost much money, but it has a very good idea to say. It also shows that one man can change every thing.
|7/10||zeinablawyer@ - first review|
26.3.2006 - age: 18-25
What a wonderful cast. Henry Fonda is superb. Great acting, very believable. Truly a must see for people who love movies that bring out society's issues and behavioural thinking.
|10/10||tracy.c.lam@ - first review|
14.3.2006 - age: 26-35
Thought provoking movie. A comment on how unjust a justice system can be.
|8/10||lisa1770@ - first review|
20.2.2006 - age: 36-49
[ATTENTION: This review reveals content of the movie.]
12 Angry Men is a movie that took big risks and made a big impact without using a massive budget or shock value to do so. It was a very simple theme that, when put into use, was a massive success. Twelve jurors are seated in a room to discuss whether an eighteen year old boy accused of murdering his father is really guilty or not. Eleven of them firmly believe that this boy is guilty, while one of them (Henry Fonda) has a doubt in his mind. Im not saying that hes not guilty I just think we should talk it out, the man says simply. The eleven others become aggravated with him, saying that he is wasting their time and that nothing will be accomplished by this discussion. The men agree that they should talk it out and that is what they do. For ninety minutes, we see twelve men talking out whether somebody is guilty or not. This could have very easily been one of the dullest films ever made, if not carried out correctly. But because of Lumets and Reginald Roses brilliant script and the impeccable actors, it is amazingly intriguing. The film goes beyond the case and goes into why the men think the boy is or isnt guilty, and the case becomes a basis for character study. None of the men are unrealistic. There arent heroes and villains here. What we are given is a group of men the type of which we see every day put under a situation of high pressure. The basic concept of sticking people from opposite ends of opinion and values into a closed parameter has been used by many of todays great directors. In The Breakfast Club (1985), John Hughes stuck five high school students from different cliques in a library for a Saturday detention. In Michael Manns Collateral (2004), a cab driver picks up a contract killer as his fare. This movie made a big impact by going for a different sort of subtlety. The action in this film lies not in suspense and thrills, but in dialogue. The character work in itself is what makes the movie so brilliant, but there is also an ingeniously thought out court case with unnoticed subtleties to take into account. The case the men are given seems blatantly obvious: the boy seems undeniably guilty. But as the movie progresses, different flaws to the case are pointed out and Fondas character changes the views of the jurors. 12 Angry Men stands on its own as one of films finest. It is a movie that has stood the test of time and will continue to stand it for years to come..
|10/10||prankstaguy@ - 16 reviews|
30.12.2005 - age: 13-17
A great movie with great actors. This movie is one of the best.
|9/10||stvholland_2000@ - first review|
3.11.2005 - age: 36-49
This movie is brilliant! Whether you are a fan of classic films or not, you will enjoy this one. This movie was redone later with stars such as Tony Danza and Jack Lemmon, and was very good, but the original with Henry Fonda is by far superior. This is a film intended to make you think and explore beneath the surface of "facts"... everything is not necessarily as it seems. You will learn to question everything once you've seen this one! Not a light-hearted film, so be in a more serious mood when watching.
|9/10||its_me_chiquita@ - first review|
17.9.2005 - age: 26-35
This dramatic story about life as a jury person is realistic and makes one consider his own values should he ore she be called on to serve the comunity... and remain sane!
|8/10||michael.shilton@ - first review|
29.8.2005 - age: 26-35
A classic! It makes one truely think about what prejudgies we may have, how we judge people, and how we feel a need to perhaps punish someone for thought we have.
|9/10||tracyeriksen@ - first review|
15.8.2005 - age: 36-49
This movie provokes thought on the fairness of using our peers to determine the verdict in jury trials. Insights are shown on how jurors will base their decisions on many factors including peer pressure, personal perceptions, knowledge, biases, experiences and motivations along with the given evidence. Can the defendant in a jury trial really receive a fair trial? Do we have a correct and fair method for determining justice?
|9/10||sandeestar2003@ - first review|
17.7.2005 - age: 36-49
I use this movie in a police leadership course to demonstrate the how one person can make a difference if only he/she can step up and take command.
|9/10||tessrei_8@ - 2 reviews|
3.7.2005 - age: 36-49
I had to watch this movie in my Political theory class and I really enjoyed watching it. It felt like the movie was so short. I also really like Henry Fonda, he's a very good actor. Overall, I would rate this movie an 9. It's so good I'm thinking of buying it.
|9/10||superchick_64@ - 4 reviews|
29.6.2005 - age: 18-25
Excellent movie! A good example of how the American justice system can work. Thought provoking. This is a must have in your DVD collection.
|10/10||kevindeonwalters@ - first review|
2.2.2005 - age: 26-35
This movie was smart. I loved everything about it. Probably one of the best and most thought-provoking movies ever.
|10/10||priscilla_1413@ - first review|
18.1.2005 - age: 13-17
This is such an excellent film! My family have always been aspiring legal experts, and this was just the thing for them: An excellent film all about Character and prejudice, and how one strong, persistent and passionate person can influence, through reasoning, people who believed their minds were already made up. This is a really excellent film. Black and white, if I can recall... Very intense!
|10/10||staceychaser@ - first review|
8.11.2004 - age: 26-35
I really enjoyed this movie even though it was 40-somthing years old. This is short film showing the logical reasoning of a jury of a murder case. The movie captures the audience by having good logical reasoning!
|10/10||rcktice3@ - first review|
24.10.2004 - age: 13-17
A great film that shows the deep side human nature.
|9/10||cschmitz@ - first review|
29.7.2004 - age: 36-49
Here is an excellent study of 12 individuals with diverse ways of viewing the world. Each of the jury members were susceptible to prejudices, but also had enough ethics to come to a just judgement concerning the innocent and socially unfortunate defendant. It was also an interesting study of how there can be a momentum shift regarding opinions of a group of individuals. Not only was Peter Fonda excellent in his performance so was the rest of the cast (Martin Balsam, E. G. Marshall, and others) Read the play as well, one of the best I have read.
|10/10||mjohnz1@ - 79 reviews|
18.2.2004 - age: 26-35
This movie is a masterpiece. I have seen it four times. I am looking forward to watching it once again. No violence, no sex, no action, no special effects... Yet a good plot, great actors and an exceptional direcor. Definitely GrrrEAT.
|9/10||rajaderouiche@ - first review|
17.2.2004 - age: 36-49
It's a very classic movie. This movie has not action but it makes you very close to the screen for all the time. Compliments to Sidnet Lumet and thank you for this amazing creature. 3 thumbs up.
|10/10||alessandrofabbri2002@ - 2 reviews|
27.1.2004 - age: 26-35
What a man can do when he feels that he must live by his conscience and not by what "society" tells him.
|10/10||eform@ - 2 reviews|
13.1.2004 - age: 50+
Hi I like to say that this movie is a great one Wonderful... it teaches me alot about trial which I'm learning about it I think all you people out there should watch it.
|10/10||jennienguyen90@ - first review|
5.1.2004 - age: 13-17
Rates among the top ten best ever movies. The elite list of actors and top notch directing is about as perfect as a movie gets I have been a movie collector for 50 years movies of this callibre are rare don't miss a chance to see it again and again What a prize to acting Lee J. Cobb was. It takes a special film to make you forget that the whole movie is shot in one room.
|10/10||abbey@ - 2 reviews|
16.10.2003 - age: 50+
This was a fantastic movie so true to life. My only regret is that I did not watch the movie before being called to Federal Jury Duty and serving on a case. I was unprepaired for the preconceptions, prejudices and lack of information on the case that were brought into the jury room. Don't make the same mistake I did, watch the movie and be knowledgeable.
|10/10||niasc1223@ - first review|
11.9.2003 - age: 26-35
Excellent movie. A classic!!! Very interesting. Excellent acting and story. I loved it!!!
|10/10||arsalan_26@ - 8 reviews|
28.8.2003 - age: 1-12
A classic. Great acting & plot development.
|10/10||johnkrupa84@ - 15 reviews|
23.7.2003 - age: 50+
Indeed a masterpiece. It describes precisely society. If you leave in New York there must have been at least one time that you have been involved in a heated argument like the ones of the movie!
|10/10||lampousis@ - first review|
17.7.2003 - age: 26-35
Friggin' wonderful... one of the greats!
|10/10||blakemaclean@ - 2 reviews|
14.6.2003 - age: 36-49
A true classic and should be in the collections of all true cinema buffs Best seen in black & white.
|9/10||k.bussey@ - 5 reviews|
11.6.2003 - age: 50+
It was so boring it was unbelievable.
|1/10||fluffy_stuff88@ - first review|
29.5.2003 - age: 13-17
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