12 Angry Men – Movie Review

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Chris Stuckmann reviews 12 Angry Men, starring Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, Martin Balsam, John Fiedler, E.G. Marshall, Jack Klugman, Edward Binns, Jack Warden, Joseph Sweeney, Ed Begley, George Voskovec, Robert Webber. Directed by Sidney Lumet.


RLucas3000 says:

I wasn’t going to say this at first, but after the fourth time in the review, I just had to, as it’s hurting the review for me.

The director’s last Lumet is pronounced like Lou-met, rather than the French sounding Lou-may that you keep saying.

As in, I met him yesterday.

I very much appreciate this movie and your review though. This is your first review I have seen, and I like it very much.

I’m pretty sure you will never see this comment, will all your subscribers, but I had to say it.

Jef f says:

Nothing against older films but I’ve just never seen one that has compelled me or even interested me from start to finish. Can someone recommend me some films that may change my mind?

RLucas3000 says:

You’ve probably never seen it, but Murder, She Wrote did their own version of this movie in its second season, with Jessica Fletcher (Angela Lansbury) cast in the Henry Fonda role.

It’s not an exact copy so there are plenty of surprises! My favorite episode by far of that show.

Gregory Tyson says:

Is this the first black and white movie this guy has reviewed?

el world says:

It would be great if you did Ikiru, a 1952 kurosawa movie !

Glitcher2000 says:

I watched 12 Angry Men just now and I’d say it’s probably the most manipulative film I’ve ever seen in my life. It tries to convince you, the audience, that the defendant is not guilty by chipping away at miniscule facts in the case while ignoring larger ones. Like why was the father stabbed with the exact same knife the defendant had? If the boy was on trial for his life, wouldn’t he make an effort to strengthen his alibi by recalling the details of the film he saw? Why did no one recognize him at the cinema? And if the defendant didn’t stab his father, who did? The film never presents us with an alternate scenario, it just tries to dazzle us with extremely stretched “reasonable doubt” filtered under cinematic gloss. By the end, my vote would still have been a resolute “Guilty”, so the film failed in its message.

Gerald Gallagher says:

A little too intense for my tastes. Try the apartment with jack lemon.

eyeswitcher says:

review Sunset boulevard please 🙂

Alfredo Avilán says:

THANK YOU! I Fucking love 12 Angry Men. Totally agree, one of the best films in history.

Please, if you can at least one of this it would be amazing:

Stanley Kubrick – Dr. Strangelove (1964)
Akira Kurosawa – Seven Samurai (1954)
Roman Polanski – Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
Orson Welles – Citizen Kane (1941)
Alfred Hitchcock – Dial M For Murder (1954) – Rope (1948) – Psycho (1960)
Ingman Bergman – Seventh Seal (1957)
Fritz Lang – Metropolis (1927)
Robert Wiene – The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari (1920)

All killers, no fillers.

jose portillo says:

i saw the movie yesterday , my God! this movie is amazing Lee J. Cobb : NOT GUILTY!

RLucas3000 says:

Please review Lifeboat

Dregs says:


Thomas Cuerden says:

A movie I saw recently that I’d like to see your thoughts on is ‘Some Like It Hot’,
It was really funny, had great acting,
and had a few themes that i found interesting, like gender roles etc.

jobsucks says:

I remember watching the “made for tv” 1997 remake of this movie.
It stars Jack Lemmon, Tony Danza, James Gandolfini, Edward James Olmos and a few others.

Aaron Osborne says:

I would love to see a review on the original Bond film too.

Arif Rachman says:

after i watch the film moths ago, i’m thinking, this movie made some 60 years ago, the scene is just in one room, yet the movie is more fascinating than BvS ….

Julian P says:

Seriously, is this the only black and white movie you’ve ever seen?

Aaron Osborne says:

I can’t wait to see your Mockingbird review.

Iñaki Barés says:

This movie is fucking amazing

Earl Chatterton says:

One of my favorite movies ever. Such a brilliant piece of filmmaking by Sidney Lumet, who I truly wish was more known to the general public than he actually was. The guy made so many incredible pieces of cinema, including this one. The 90s TV remake starring Jack Lemmon and George C. Scott was really good too.

Redbandit says:

I remember the Hey Arnold parody episode of this movie that was really good

Robert Wilkinson says:

If this is a review, why do you not give a spoiler warning? Also, how is this a review if all you do is explain every single plot point from the beginning of the movie to the end? Why should anyone watch the movie now? I like your energy, but you LITERALLY TELL EVERY PLOT POINT.

Brad Tremblay says:

The first time I saw this film, it was raining heavily outside, and because it’s all one shot, this made for one of the most immersive movie experiences ever. Literally the Perfect film for a rainy day.

gmat6441 says:

Very good review. Thank you very much. Enjoyed it when I was younger.

ramona leiter says:

I saw this in 1986 when I was in 10th grade. This gave me a love for “classic” movies from the 1930s to 1960s. One of my alltime favorite movies. I always recommend it to people even those not normally into black and white films. Thanks for recommending it to a younger audience! Love watching all your reviews. My son is in his mid 20s and is an aspiring filmmaker. I am so glad my love of movies has continued with him. Keep up the good work!

Scott H says:

This movie is story telling at it’s best. Note, a modern remake was done a few years back. If you like close quarters dialogue films, see HBOs Conspiracy. In my opinion, just as good a film as 12 Angry Men.

Javi says:

12 Angry Men has been on my top 10 list of all time since the first time I saw it. I’m so happy you’re reviewing it, and can’t wait to see your next Classic film.

C P says:

You need to review Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut and Barry Lyndon. If there ever were two perfect movies it would be them

Papa Pastrami says:

Please please please do dr stranglove

DoctorXander says:

Chris I think one old movie per month isn’t enough. Please up the ante. Here’s some others I’d love you to review:
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
For a Few Dollars More
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
The Day the Earth Stood Still
The Court Jester

Eze Quiel says:

@Chris Stuckmann how is that you haven’t seen Raw

Kyle Walter says:

When I first started watching this, I thought it would be awful and boring. I was totally wrong, it is one of my favorite movies ever.

k1persia says:

Love this film. I tend to overanalyse movies so it is hard for me to watch anything, but this film is so masterful in its execution that I could watch it in the foulest of moods and still enjoy it. A+

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