12 Angry Men

12 Angry Men

DVD - 2008 | Collector's ed. widescreen version
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Tempers rise as a jury of middle-aged men find themselves unable to sway a single member of their group to the majority opinion. Confronted with a seemingly clear-cut case, bolstered by opinions and assumptions, but with no verdict in sight the group threatens to become deadlocked. Will the 12th juror, stubbornly convinced of a young defendent's innocence, be able to sway the entire group to his viewpoint, or will the group ultimately force the holdout to forego his concerns, potentially ignoring truth in a rush to judgment?
Publisher: Beverly Hills, CA : MGM : Distributed by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, 2008
Edition: Collector's ed. widescreen version
Branch Call Number: DVD T DRAMA (NFR)
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (96 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Twelve angry men

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I'm using the term "courtroom" loosely here, since the action in this Sidney Lumet classic takes place in the jury room, rather than the courtroom itself. Nonetheless, one of the most beloved legal dramas ever filmed.


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SusyHendrix
Feb 10, 2019

I had heard about this film for a long time. It is highly regarded and is an older, non-action or fantasy movie with a whopping 8.9 score on IMDB. And man, it deserves all the hype. I was riveted by the fine acting, intelligent story, and subtle camerawork. I don't usually like court room dramas very much, but this one is amazing, avoiding most of the usual cliches.

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matcat44
Jan 27, 2019

Has definitely stood the test of time. Great acting by a group of the most talented actors and whoever wrote that script was brilliant.

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RevTed
Jan 02, 2019

One of the great dramas combined with an all star cast. I loved it as a 10 year old watching at my uncle's house with all my cousins and I love it today, 55 years later.

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schmegu_at_hcplc
Dec 29, 2018

I can remember my 7th grade teacher showing this to my class in Street Law (Civics, basically). We were discussing being on the jury and how court proceedings go, and this movie was one of the films we watched to be able to see it. I genuinely loved it, despite being twelve years old and finding these old movies boring most of the time.

So, thank you, Mr. Centafonti. It's been 16 years since that class, and I still remember it.

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1860Colt
Sep 18, 2018

One of the greatest films I have ever seen. Since both sides of the argument are identifiable with, and are so simple and timeless, that they still hold up. I cannot express how good this film is with words; you need to see it to believe it. And I'm a Millennial!

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husika
Jun 18, 2018

One of the best movies ever made. A thinking action thriller, happening inside a court's jury's room to decide over the life or death of a young man, accused of murder. The reasonable doubt concept is displayed in the discussion of the jury, where they have to assess all the evidence's pieces and decide according to their best of conscience. Only one juror looks deeper into the details of the trial evidence, and finally, exposing all doubtful details, he convinces the other 11 jurors to re-consider their decision. Unforgettable film, unforgettable human drama.

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penbatmore
May 20, 2018

Stone Cold Masterpiece

SPPL_Kristen Mar 20, 2018

I understand why this is considered important and good, but I must admit I was bored stiff during this movie.

LiztheLibrarian Feb 14, 2018

This movie, which takes place all in one room, is emotional and powerful.

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twilightmom
Aug 07, 2017

Angry!? They don't even lay a finger (let alone a light slap) on each other in this drawn-out, one-set movie. Look to Twilight for a film bristling with emotions and true anger, characterized by violent rages and emotional outbursts.

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