12 Angry Men – 1957 – English
Film directed in 1957 by Sidney Lumet, and starring Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, Jack Warden, E.G. Marshall, Martin Balsam, Ed Begley, John Fiedler, Robert Webber, Jack Klugman, George Voskovec, Joseph Sweeney, Edward Binns, Billy Nelson, John Savoca, Rudy Bond, James Kelly…
Synopsis: The defense and the prosecution have rested, and the jury appears in the jury room to decide whether a young man is guilty or innocent of murdering his father. What begins as an open and closed murder case soon turns into a detective story that presents a succession of clues that create doubts and a mini-drama of the prejudices and preconceptions of each of the jurors about the trial, the accused and each other. Based on the play, all the action takes place on the jury room stage.
Review: In my opinion, 12 Merciless Men is the best movie ever made. A perfect example of less is more, the simplicity of the plot, the one-room setting, and the acting talents of the 12 main cast members are enough to conquer the drama genre and ensure that it remains a timeless classic.
Whether you are a fan of the older generation of cinema or not, I implore you to experience this acting masterclass for yourself. More current movies like Resevoir Dogs, which is excellent in its own right, have borrowed elements from 12 Angry Men, but trust me when I say there is nothing like this beautifully crafted drama.