6 comments on “12 Angry Men

  1. Nice opening paragraph. This is a fantastic movie, one of those movies which seems to grab you and pull you into the screen with it. It hardly feels dated at all and is so smart and powerful its a true treat.

  2. I love this movie. I haven’t seen it in years. I’m ready to see it again after reading your post. Thanks for reminding me of it.

  3. This a tremendous movie. The character actors bring it to life.

    I’ve never understood why no one has taken a stab at remaking it.

  4. It’s a fine little film and you’re right about the ensemble award. Failing that, however, Lee J. Cobb deserves special mention here (it was a good year for him as he also played the shrink in “3 Faces of Eve” the same year). The comment as to whether the current younger generation would appreciate the non-special effects driven film…well, unfortunately, that applies to countless films of the 50s and 60s which were serious and thoughtful. My friends and I were 14 years old when I first saw and liked this film. I’m trying to imagine a 14 year-old enjoying or even bothering to watch this film today. Too bad, really.

  5. This is one of the best films ever made in my opinion. It’s in my top 10 for sure. I have a soft spot for films either set in limited locations or over a short period of time and 12 Angry Men satisfies both needs. Lumet actually makes the small space feel cinematic with his limited but perfectly constructed camera shots and movements. But it’s the script that works so well – each character is a unique individual and each brings something to the story. It’s lean and tightly orchestrated but it’s also brilliantly suspenseful and has a great ending. Some top performances too. A real classic!

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