12 Angry Men (1957)

Directed by: Sidney Lumet
Produced by: Henry Fonda; Reginald Rose
Screenplay by: Reginald Rose
Story by: Reginald Rose
Starring: Henry Fonda; Lee J. Cobb; Ed Begley; E. G. Marshall; Jack Warden
Music by: Kenyon Hopkins
Cinematography: Boris Kaufman
Edited by: Carl Lerner
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Running time: 96 minutes

Seeran Review: We see men moving here and there. One very moody other laughing. One want to maintain the silence in the air and other wanting to disturb the silence. We hear a group of men being ordered by the court. ‘If there is a reasonable doubt in your mind as to the guilty of the accused, a reasonable doubt then you must bring me a verdict of not guilty’. ‘You are faced with a grave responsibility’. It begins with the face of the accused to which almost all of the 12 stare at.

We have finally the title. All the men get into the conversation with each other. As it happens one get into the bathroom. Are these 12 going to decide the fate of the accused? ‘Oh forgive me gentlemen. I didn’t mean to keep you waiting’. The man by the window is the twist here as was shanthanu in Tamil film Vaimai (2016), a remake of this. ‘May be I don’t’. ‘I don’t know. It’s all been said’. ‘Well I made man out of him’. ‘He didn’t mean you’. ‘Could they be wrong?’

I was taken aback when the 12th man took out the same kind of knife. ‘What made you change your votes?’ ‘He never will’. After the supposing dialogue is over, we get a magic which shows there is no ball in either hands. ‘Gentleman, that’s a very sad thing to be nothing’. ‘He don’t even speak good English’. ‘But may be if we go deeper’. ‘Now where did this panic start and where did it end?’ ‘ I am simply asking question’ ‘Well I want to wait, till the second hand reaches 60’.

I could have been better if the seat was not taken out by the kerchief. ‘Prejudice always obscures the truth’ ‘We nine can’t understand how you three are still sure?’ ‘I only know the woman’s eyesight is in question now’.

As of 1957 it should have blown the wits of the audience. All truth starts from the uncertainty and doubt. There is no God higher than truth.

Further Reading: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/12_Angry_Men_(1957_film)


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