Hi there, friends! Well, after kicking off my Resolutions series last week with a couple of awesome guest posts and little post of my own, we’re gonna continue it with yet another awesome guest film resolution! Today’s contributor? Mr. Drew of Drew’s Movie Reviews! Been over to Drew’s site? You should! He’s got all kinds of movie goodness that is definitely worth a looksee. Go and check it out! Anyway, wanna hear about Drew’s film resolution? Of course you do! Here we go!
One juror tries to convince the rest of the jury that the case is not as simple as it seems.
12 Angry Men has been highly recommended to me by my uncle, who absolutely loves it. I haven’t been the biggest fan of courtroom dramas but since we like many of the same movies, I decided to give it a try. The entire movie takes place in a single room and what the film makers were able to accomplish with such a simple set up is very impressive. There is nothing shown of the actual trial, so as the audience, we don’t have any information about the case except for what the jurors tell us. As the movie progresses, we are given a piece here and a bit there as Juror #8 addresses his concerns about the evidence to the rest of the group. At the beginning, the vote is 11-to-1 for a guilty verdict so Juror #8 has a big task in front of him. Since the movie doesn’t change scenes, the tension is created by all of the different personalities of the jurors. Even though the film was 95 minutes long, the twelve jurors felt fleshed out simply by how they analyzed the evidence and what they said. The trial’s epilogue was very short and I would have liked to have seen what actually happened at the crime.
I thought 12 Angry Men was Good :-). It was suspenseful and dramatic. Despite my low affinity for courtroom drama, 12 Angry Men managed to keep my attention the whole way through.
Cast & Crew
Sidney Lumet – Director
Reginald Rose – Writer
Kenyon Hopkins – Composer
Martin Balsam – Juror #1
John Fiedler – Juror #2
Lee J. Cobb – Juror #3
EG Marshall – Juror #4
Jack Klugman – Juror #5
Edward Binns – Juror #6
Jack Warden – Juror #7
Henry Fonda – Juror #8
Joseph Sweeney – Juror #9
Ed Begley – Juror #10
George Voskovec – Juror #11
Robert Webber – Juror #12
Thanks so much, Drew! Sounds like another solid resolution here. Glad that seems to have been the case for all of you so far! More coming tomorrow, so stay tuned! 🙂
12 thoughts on “Resolutions 2016: 12 Angry Men”
Drew, glad you enjoyed it. It’s one of my all-time faves. You’re right about the characters being fleshed out through their feelings on the trial. Thanks for hosting this, Cara.
Always a pleasure to host this! 🙂
Great film. I love the way it uses heat to build tension like a pot of water getting hotter and hotter till it boils over
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I’ve been meaning to watch 12 Angry Men for some time. Cara’s Resolution series gave me the push I needed to finally watch it. Thanks, Cara!
My 2nd fave film of all time! The fact that a film about 12 guys arguing with each other all in one room can keep me interested and occupied for 95 minutes is saying something amazing about the film! I don’t really care to see anything about the trial as I feel the purpose of the film is just to see how people make decisions.
great review Drew! I love this film and u really hit on some of the points as to why this is such a classic!
Glad u finally saw it
I had no idea what’s the concept of 12 Angry Men but now I really want to watch it (and should as it’s in IMDb top-250)! Thanks for the review!
This is on my list to watch before I go on Jury Duty in April… assuming they don’t dismiss me for being too pregnant.
Too pregnant is a pretty solid excuse…
Such a classic. And an amazing example of symbolism in direction in terms of when the jurors’ opinions begin to be swayed. Great write-up Drew!
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Great work! I really should see this at some stage!