January is my birthday month, so I decided that I would try and do something quite unique and special for this milestone in my life. I will be turning 48, so I decided to watch 49 (48+1 for good luck) of my all time favorite movies in a random order over the course of this month. I have reviewed every one of these films already, but I will now give new perspectives on them all. Every one of these films received a 10/10 scoring from me. Some of these reviews will contain spoilers so if you have never seen them before, I recommend that you read some of my previous reviews of the film that are spoiler free before reading on…
Hope you enjoy!
This is film #16 of the 49.
“It’s not easy to stand alone against the ridicule of others.” – Juror #9
Initial Viewing Memories – Saw this on video as a kid and have always loved the way that the story unfolds and how each of the characters have such unique personalities and ways to look at the situation and the world as a whole.
Number of Times Seen – Too many to count (Video, DVD, 28 May 2013, 20 Aug 2015, 20 Aug 2019 and 11 Jan 2021)
Brief Synopsis – A jury of 12 men are locked in a room and must discuss whether the criminal on trial is innocent or guilty of his crime which becomes more difficult when they all cannot agree on a verdict.
My Take on it – Such an amazing film that still works so well even after 55 years.
The way that the characters are written is amazing and it still surprises me every time that I watch this film how different they all are.
The cast is superb and they all play these characters so well especially once the heat of the arguments gets hotter and hotter.
The way that this film is able to describe a crime just via the dialogue is superbly done because it is so descriptive in everything that it does.
The characters are all quite diverse in their personalities and it is even possible to label each of them accordingly which is quite a unique way of telling a story.
The choice to keep the whole story in one room also helps add to the tension of things because it is so easy to feel the thickness of the suspense and tension as things move along.
One of the best films of 1957 and very deserving of its Oscar nomination for Best Picture even if The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) is even better.
Highly Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Because the film failed to make a profit, Henry Fonda never received his deferred salary. Despite this setback, he always regarded this film as one of the three best he ever made. The others being The Grapes of Wrath (1940) and The Ox-Bow Incident (1942). (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)
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