09 January 2011

12 Angry Men (1957)


It's now your duty to sit down and try to separate the facts from the fancy.
So basically: The trial is over and it’s up to the jury to decide the fate on the accused. It seems like a pretty simple conviction – the man is obviously guilty, there are eye witnesses to the fact! But, when one juror disagrees, reluctant to send a man to death, he tries to convince the others to talk the case through, not necessarily getting the guy off, but to prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, the truth.

My sister even likes this movie, and she hates old, black and white films! That must mean it’s brilliant, right? I think it does. I mean, the outcome is pretty predictable, you know Henry Fonda is going to convert everybody, but it’s the way he does it, the discussions involved, that are the interesting part. A film like this could have failed so easily, but all the actors, the director, and writers involved did their job flawlessly to create a brilliant picture.

Defs deserves to be on the list!

Ziggi seal of approval!

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