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12 (2007)

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Format: DVD
Sku: 211076992
UPC: 043396280281
UPC 14: 00043396280281
Category Keywords: Courtroom  Crime  Murder  Remake  Russia  Theatrical Release
Rating: Game Rating Code
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12 truths and 12 characters decide the fate of a chechen boy on trial for the murder of his stepfather. It's up to a jury divided by racism and prejudice to decide the youth's fate.
Editor's Note
Nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, acclaimed director Nikita Mikhalkov?s 12 is an ambitious and enthralling dissection of the many personal and social quandaries facing modern-day Russia. Inspired by Sidney Lumet's 1957 classic, 12 ANGRY MEN, 12 opens with the closing arguments in the case of a Chechen teenager accused of murdering his adoptive Russian father. With the courthouse under construction, the 12 male jurors adjourn to a dilapidated school gym in order to deliberate the verdict. Certain of the teen?s guilt and eager to go back to their lives, the men launch a brief deliberation that leads to a unanimous show of hands. But when a soft-spoken Muscovite questions the haste of their judgment, the complexities of the case soon reveal themselves. So, too, do the complexities of each juror, from an anti-Semitic cab driver to a slick TV producer to a portly surgeon sympathetic to the teen?s war-torn upbringing. As day turns to night, the jurors find their once-certain conclusions turning the other way. But when the jury foreman (Mikhalkov) explains the potential consequences of their new consensus, the 12 must decide if the right verdict could be its own death sentence for the teen. Having won a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar for BURNT BY THE SUN, Mikhalkov once again displays his mastery of drama and humor in a style that is theatrically, uniquely Russian. Dramatically charged and brilliantly acted, 12 is as much a statement about the importance of justice as it is a loving meditation on a country and a people still struggling to find their way forward.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, French, Subtitled

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Sony
Video Release Date Release Date: 3/1/2011
Video Play Time Running Time: 160 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2007
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 28028
Video UPC UPC: 00043396280281
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Sergey Artsibashev
Video Cast Info Valentin Graft
Video Cast Info Nikita Mikhalkov
Video Cast Info Victor Verzhbitsky
Video Cast Info Sergey Makovetsky
Video Cast Info Alexey Gorbunov
Video Cast Info Roman Madianov
Video Cast Info Alexy Petrenko
Video Cast Info Alexander Adabashian
Video Cast Info Sergey Gazarov
Video Cast Info Sergey Garmash
Video Cast Info Mikhail Efremov
Video Cast Info Edward Artemyev - Composer
Video Cast Info Alexander Novototsky - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Vladimir Moiseenko - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Leonid Vereschagin - Producer
Video Cast Info Nikita Mikhalkov - Producer
Video Cast Info Vladislav Opeliants - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Nikita Mikhalkov - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Nikita Mikhalkov - Director

Professional Reviews

Box Office
4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] riveting Russian redo of the Reginald Rose teleplay 12 ANGRY MEN, first brought to theaters in 1957 as the big-screen helming debut of Sidney Lumet." 03/01/2009

New York Times
"In 12, Nikita Mikhalkov's grandiloquent remake of 12 ANGRY MEN, the elements of that modest courtroom classic have been enlarged to operatic dimensions....It is consistently entertaining..." 03/04/2009

Los Angeles Times
"The power of the scenes lies in the actors....Mikhalkov's 12 is magnetic....The men are just as angry as they were in Lumet's day and the debate as passionately raucous as Russian literary tradition would demand." 03/06/2009

Chicago Sun-Times
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "12 by Nikita Mikhalkov is a powerful new film inspired by a powerful older one....There is not a weak member in the cast, and it's a tribute to the power of the actors that the 2 1/2-hour running time doesn't seem labored." 03/25/2009

Washington Post
"Nikita Mikhalkov's 12 breathes and floats. It allows itself ample space to reimagine Reginald Rose's original stage play about a jury that deadlocks over a murder case." 05/01/2009

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