12 Angry Men

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Release Date 1957-04-10
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12 Angry Men

12 Angry Men is a 1957 American drama film adapted from a teleplay of the same name by Reginald Rose. Written and produced by Rose himself and directed by Sidney Lumet, this trial film tells the story of a jury made up of 12 men as they deliberate the guilt or acquittal of a defendant on the basis of reasonable doubt. In the United States, a verdict in most criminal trials by jury must be unanimous. The film is notable for its almost exclusive use of one set: with the exception of the film's opening, which begins outside on the steps of the courthouse followed by the judge's final instructions to the jury before retiring, a brief final scene on the courthouse steps, and two short scenes in an adjoining washroom, the entire movie takes place in the jury room. The total time spent outside of the jury room is three minutes out of the full 96 minutes of the movie. 12 Angry Men explores many techniques of consensus-building, and the difficulties encountered in the process, among a group of men whose range of personalities adds intensity and conflict. Apart from two of the jurors swapping names while leaving the courthouse, no names are used in the film: the defendant is referred to as "the boy" and the witnesses as the "old man" and "the lady across the street".

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Actors & Characters

Martin Balsam Martin Balsam Juror #1 Juror #1
John Fiedler John Fiedler Juror #2 Juror #2
Lee J. Cobb Lee J. Cobb Juror #3 Juror #3
E. G. Marshall E. G. Marshall Juror #4 Juror #4
Jack Klugman Jack Klugman Juror #5 Juror #5
Edward Binns Edward Binns Juror #6 Juror #6
Jack Warden Jack Warden Juror #7 Juror #7
Henry Fonda Henry Fonda Juror #8 Juror #8
Joseph Sweeney Joseph Sweeney Juror #9 Juror #9
Ed Begley Ed Begley Juror #10 Juror #10

Staff

Boris Kaufman Cinematography
Sidney Lumet Director
Carl Lerner Editor
Kenyon Hopkins Music
Henry Fonda Producer
Reginald Rose Producer
Reginald Rose Writer