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12 Angry Men-50th Anniversary Edition

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I Could Watch Over and Over

on 5/6/2012

I've seen this movie at least seven times and I'm still not remotely tired of it. Henry Fonda turns in one of his best performances as a stubbon jury member who thinks the man they're trying for the murder of his father may be innocent, despite seemingly overwhelming evidence to the contrary. Despite initial disagreement from the other 11 members of the jury, Fonda shows that the case isn't as open and shut as everyone thought. He also reveals that prejudice is playing a major role in the way the men are making their decisions. Lee J. Cobb is fantastic as a prejudice guy taking out the anger he feals over fights he has with his son on the young man being tried. E.G. Marshall stands out as an inteligent and logical man fighting against Fonda until the end, and Ed Beggley excels as a common bigot who believes all the poor are bums and crooks (a speach he gives at the end of the film to that effect is quite powerful. As he speaks, each of the jurors turn away, and by the end, no one is listening and Beggley breaks). Rounding out this supurb cast is Jack Warden, Martin Balsam, and a very young Jack Klugman. Director Sidney Lumet takes almost nothing (a cast of about 12, one room, no special effects) and transforms it into a rich, provocative, and moving story about America and the men who live there. If only today's directors could do the same.

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Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, Ed Begley and Jack Klugman lead in this tense, courtroom drama -- nominated for three Oscars including Best Picture -- about one juror determined to sway the opinions of eleven others.


Studio Fox Home Entertainment
SKU 206615571
UPC 027616097101
UPC 14 00027616097101
Format DVD
Release Date 1/14/2014
Rating NR
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.66:1
Name Fonda,Henry
Link Search Link
Cast & Crew
Boris Kaufman - Cinematographer
Carl Lerner - Editor
E.G. Marshall - Actor
Ed Begley, Sr. - Actor
Henry Fonda - Actor
Henry Fonda, et. al. - Producer
Kenyon Hopkins - Original Music By
Lee J. Cobb - Actor
Reginald Rose - Writer
Robert Markel - Art Director
Sidney Lumet - Director
Winner (1958) British Academy Awards, Henry Fonda, Best Foreign Actor
Nominee (1958) British Academy Awards, 12 Angry Men, Best Film from any Source,Golden Globe, 12 Angry Men, Best Motion Picture - Drama,Golden Globe, Henry Fonda, Best Motion Picture Actor - Drama,Golden Globe, Sidney Lumet, Best Motion Picture Director,Golden Globe, Lee J. Cobb, Best Supporting Actor,Oscar, Sidney Lumet, Best Director,Oscar, Henry Fonda, Reginald Rose, Best Picture,Oscar, Reginald Rose, Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium
Review "12 Angry Men" was Henry Fonda's sole foray into film production. Unable to get the studios to purchase the script, which he liked considerably, he funded the production himself. It was, after all, an inexpensive film to make: no sets or costumes were required. The entire film was shot on location in New York City, with nearly all of it taking place in an actual jury room...Although critically praised, the film failed at the box office. There was no action, no romance, and little suspense, as Fonda's moral superiority was certain to overcome. The film's themes, which included racial and class discrimination, were not of dramatic interest to most filmgoers...Fonda could at least bask in the critical acclaim. It was nominated for Best Director (Sidney Lumet), Best Adapted Screenplay (Reginald Rose), and Best Picture. While Fonda was not nominated for Best Actor, he was nominated as co-producer..."12 Angry Men" is surprisingly good, considering that the film consists of twelve men arguing in a room for ninety minutes. The quality of the cast and script helps, as does the dramatic storyline (the defendant's life is at state). The biggest complaint is with the characters: Cobb rants and rages as if he was back on the waterfront, while Fonda is almost smug in the certainty of his moral position.
Reviewer Brian Koller
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review In form, "12 Angry Men" is a courtroom drama. In purpose, it's a crash course in those passages of the Constitution that promise defendants a fair trial and the presumption of innocence. It has a kind of stark simplicity: Apart from a brief setup and a briefer epilogue, the entire film takes place within a small New York City jury room, on "the hottest day of the year," as 12 men debate the fate of a young defendant charged with murdering his father...The film shows us nothing of the trial itself except for the judge's perfunctory, almost bored, charge to the jury. His tone of voice indicates the verdict is a foregone conclusion. We hear neither prosecutor nor defense attorney, and learn of the evidence only second-hand, as the jurors debate it. Most courtroom movies feel it necessary to end with a clear-cut verdict. But "12 Angry Men" never states whether the defendant is innocent or guilty. It is about whether the jury has a reasonable doubt about his guilt...The cast included only one bankable star, Fonda, but the other 11 actors were among the best then working in New York, including Martin Balsam, Lee J. Cobb, E. G. Marshall, Jack Klugman, Jack Warden, Ed Begley and Robert Webber. They smoke, they sweat, they swear, they sprawl, they stalk, they get angry.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
DVD, Widescreen, Sensormatic, English, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Fonda,Henry
Label Mgm Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com ...a brilliant courtroom drama about the American jury system that deservedly was nominated for the Best Picture Oscar.
Ian Waldron-Mantgani, UK Critic An intense concentration of power, and my all-time favourite film.
John A. Nesbit, ...the tautest courtroom drama you'll ever see, surpassing Lumet's very good 1982 drama, The Verdict.
Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star A masterful work of debate and dialogue; of shifting momentum and the ideal of sticking to your scruples in the face of antagonistic groupthink.
Urban Cinefile A film with texture, humour and relevance at all times. All in 91 minutes.

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