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12 Angry Men

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12 Angry Men
12 Angry Men

Time Out says

Lumet's origins as a director of teledrama may well be obvious here in his first film, but there is no denying the suitability of his style - sweaty close-ups, gritty monochrome 'realism', one-set claustrophobia - to his subject. Scripted by Reginald Rose from his own teleplay, the story is pretty contrived - during a murder trial, one man's doubts about the accused's guilt gradually overcome the rather less-than-democratic prejudices of the other eleven members of the jury - but the treatment is tense, lucid, and admirably economical. Fonda, though typecast as the bastion of liberalism, gives a nicely underplayed performance, while Cobb, Marshall and Begley in particular are highly effective in support. But what really transforms the piece from a rather talky demonstration that a man is innocent until proven guilty, is the consistently taut, sweltering atmosphere, created largely by Boris Kaufman's excellent camerawork. The result, however devoid of action, is a strangely realistic thriller.
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Release Details

  • Duration:95 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Sidney Lumet
  • Screenwriter:Reginald Rose
  • Cast:
    • Henry Fonda
    • Lee J Cobb
    • Ed Begley
    • EG Marshall
    • Jack Klugman
    • Jack Warden
    • Martin Balsam
    • John Fiedler
    • George Voskovec
    • Robert Webber
    • Edward Binns
    • Joseph Sweeney
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