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12 Angry Men (Twelve Angry Men)
A Puerto Rican youth is on trial for murder, accused of knifing his father to death. The twelve jurors retire to the jury room, having been admonished that the defendant is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Eleven of the jurors vote for conviction, each for reasons of his own. The sole holdout is Juror #8, played by Henry Fonda. As Fonda persuades the weary jurors to re-examine the evidence, we learn the backstory of each man. Juror #3 (Lee J. Cobb), a bullying self-made man, has estranged himself from his own son. Juror #7 (Jack Warden) has an ingrained mistrust of… More

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"Too few films take on the art of arguing as a subject; we could certainly use more of them, but until then, Lumet's window into strained civic duty will continue to serve mightily."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"A strangely realistic thriller."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"There is real value is how it allows each member of the cultural mosaic of a jury to develop into distinct, damaged, and interesting characters"
‑ Dan Jardine, Cinemania
"This was Sidney Lumet's first movie and it's as riveting as it was back in the late 50s, when everything was changing."
‑ Eric Melin, Scene-Stealers.com
"Outstanding Henry Fonda jury classic."
‑ M. Faust, Common Sense Media
"The film leaves a tremendous impact."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Although it may sound ungallant, these 12 Angry Men, are all right without distaff glamour. Their dramas are powerful and provocative enough to keep a viewer spellbound."
‑ A.H. Weiler, New York Times
"The film takes a confined, almost completely banal real-world location and makes it completely dynamic, using incredibly nimble camera movements to establish character motivation and theme."
‑ Glenn Heath Jr., Slant Magazine
"an incisive and gripping film"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"A brilliant courtroom drama whose strength lies within the power of Rose's words and Sidney Lumet's great direction (his debut)."
‑ Matthew Pejkovic, Matt's Movie Reviews
"Mechanically written, but within its own middlebrow limitations, it delivers the goods."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"This is a film where tension comes from personality conflict, dialogue and body language, not action."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"The cast is incredible, the writing superb, and the film is unparalleled in its sheer excellence."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Lumet keeps things tense, sweaty, suspenseful and entertaining despite the contrived story line."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"12 Angry Men has some shrewd observations to sell about argumentation and group behavior, but they're not the ones of which the film seems most proud."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
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