12 Angry Men (1957) IMDB Top 250 Guest Review

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Today’s IMDB Top 250 Guest Review comes from Alex. You can find his blog, Alex Raphael, HERE. Thanks for being a part of this IMDB project, Alex! 🙂 Now let’s see what he has to say about 12 Angry Men, IMDB rank 6 out of 250…

There are still some movies up for grabs if anyone wants to do a guest IMDB Top 250 review. You can find the list of remaining films HERE. See the full list & links to all the reviews that have already been done HERE.

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As a regular reader of Cinema Parrot Disco’s site, I had to be included in her awesome-sounding IMDB Top 250 series. Have really enjoyed reading the entries so far. Here’s the one I just had to review.

Premise: 12 jurors have to decide whether the defendant is guilty of murder and therefore sentenced to death.

          –   Having inspired episodes in TV shows such as The Simpsons, Malcolm in the Middle, Peep Show, Family Guy and Third Rock from the Sun, Twelve Angry Men is one of the most referenced films in popular culture. It’s not hard to see why. Whilst there are no special effects, no clever ending, no stunts, a sparse set design, a very small cast and a very simple linear structure, the script and premise really is that good.

        –    Because what Twelve Angry Men captures is something that is timeless. In the British and American legal systems for all we can or cannot spend on our representation, we are relying on strangers. And what the film does so magnificently is highlight just how each stranger will have his own logic, beliefs and prejudices.


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     –   The problem with so many films is that the supporting cast are either not interesting, or are too interesting. They either feel underdeveloped or more developed than the main protagonists. With Twelve Angry Men, each of the unnamed jurors has his own personality and interpretation of “beyond reasonable doubt”.  It keeps the storyline fresh throughout and the dialogue sharp, and each viewer will most likely have their own juror with whom they identify most.

       –    It seems wrong not to compliment the acting, which is superb throughout. Almost the highest compliment you can give to Henry Fonda and his co-stars though, is that it is easy to see it as less of a film and more like we have hidden in a corner and are watching it all live. The heat in the room where they are all debating is felt so much you are almost tempted to reach for a glass of water yourself

–   Nominated in three Academy Award categories, including Best Picture, but losing to Bridge on the River Kwai in all three, Twelve Angry Men is up there as one of the greatest films never to have won an Oscar. Though there is no quote or musical theme as instantly recognisable as the film, these are minor things. Quite simply, the place of Twelve Angry Men near the top of the IMDB Top 250 is timeless and won’t be dropping much any time soon.

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34 thoughts on “12 Angry Men (1957) IMDB Top 250 Guest Review

  1. Yes, Alex! What a great classic and deserving of all awards. Too bad it missed against Bridge on the River Kwai. It’s very hard to balance an ensemble group like this and yet you got a solid sense of them all. Excellent film.

  2. Pingback: 12 Angry Men (1957) IMDB Top 250 Guest Review | Alex Raphael

    • Thanks again for the review, Alex! : ) This one is a true classic. I guess the proof is how it’s stayed in the imdb top 10 so long despite being so old (compared to more & more very current films constantly entering the top 250). This is a film everyone should watch at least once. : )

  3. This movie rules on so many levels! Great classic. I had to study the screenplay in film school. Excellent job on this review!

      • I think this was the first movie where I (when I was younger) realized that movies could be different. I saw it on TV as a teenager and it was like nothing I’d seen before and it completely changed my perspective on film. I still love movies, but I knew after that, that movies could have a message as well. I’m waxing philosophical. Sorry. Ha.

      • Lol. That’s okay. I have movies like that too! I think mine are 1. Back To The Future making me love a good mainstream blockbuster and 2. The Shawshank Redemption making me want something even “more” from a film, which made me explore things like Cinema Paradiso & more classics than I had before. 🙂

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