Decades Blogathon — 12 Angry Men (1957)


Thomas J

It has been an absolute delight getting to deliver a third round of film reviews for the Decades Blogathon! On behalf of my excellent co-host Mark, of Three Rows Back, I would like to give everyone another round of applause for taking the time to write something for our little event. You guys make it possible. With any luck we’ll be back again for another, so if you found yourself missing out this year, keep those eyes peeled. Without further ado, here is my take on Sidney Lumet’s 1957 courtroom drama, 12 Angry Men


Release: Saturday, April 13, 1957 (limited)

[On Demand]

Written by: Reginald Rose

Directed by: Sidney Lumet

Something I didn’t expect to take away from Sidney Lumet’s astounding feature debut 12 Angry Men was just how much perspiration would be involved in the deliberations. An equally fitting title would have been 12 Sweaty Men. Of course…

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One thought on “Decades Blogathon — 12 Angry Men (1957)

  1. Brilliant film. Confined to a single room – beginning AFTER the trial has finished – and through the deliberations of the 12 finely delineated jurors – we are able to learn every detail – and slowly come to the final verdict. One of Fonda’s best (and that’s saying something) with a superb supporting cast. One of Sidney Lumet’s first features (after an esteemed career – 1st as an actor in Yiddish theater – and then – as a top director in live television – as Jack Warden might’ve said – he hit this outta the park.

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