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12 Angry Men (1957)

Director:
Sidney Lumet
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Drama
NORWEGIAN TITLE
12 edsvorne menn
RUNNING TIME
98 minutes
Producer:
Henry Fonda
Reginald Rose
Screenwriter:
Reginald Rose


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Juror #1 Martin Balsam
Juror #2 John Fielder
Juror #3 Lee J. Cobb
Juror #4 E. G. Marshall
Juror #5 Jack Klugman
Juror #6 Ed Binns
Juror #7 Jack Warden
Juror #8 Henry Fonda
Juror #9 Joseph Sweeney
Juror #10 Ed Begley
Juror #11 George Voskovec
Juror #12 Robert Webber

 

Review

One of the definite all-time classics, 12 Angry Men is an immaculate achievment in every department. Essentially a filmed stageplay, it is remarkable how director Lumet manages to keep tension, commitment and dramatic vitality on such a steaming level from start to finish without changing location once. His camera trickery gives the film a progressively claustrophobic atmosphere; the film not only matches most Hitchcock-thrillers on suspense, but Lumet makes it look simple. Reginald Rose's script is a significant social and political comment, but that is not really the essence of the film. The power of the drama that unfolds between the characters is massive, and the performances are top-notch. Taking into consideration the amount of time these actors spend with the camera closing up on them, the acting is consistently top notch. Both E. G. Marshall, Ed Begley, Henry Fonda, Joseph Sweeney and, especially, Lee J. Cobb have segments of monologue which is absolutely crucial to the film's effect, and which they deliver with incredible force and awareness. By the time of the delicate finale, you'll have been absorbed by the singular energy of this landmark motion picture. Remade by William Friedkin in 1997.

Copyright 24.1.2005 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang [HAVE YOUR SAY]