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Category: DramaNotable as: DramaSub-Category: drama film, trial film, Huis closMain subject: capital punishment, jury trialNarrative location: Manhattan, New York CityRuntime: 96 minutesColor: black-and-whiteLanguage: EnglishCountry: United StatesDirector: Sidney LumetScreenwriter: Reginald RoseBased on: Twelve Angry MenMusic: Kenyon HopkinsCinematography: Boris KaufmanStars: Martin Balsam, John Fiedler, Lee J. Cobb, E. G. Marshall, Jack Klugman, Edward Binns, Jack Warden, Henry Fonda, Joseph Sweeney, Ed Begley Producer: Henry Fonda, Reginald RoseAwards won: Golden Bear
Grand Prix
National Film Registry
Award nominations: Academy Award for Best Director (Sidney Lumet)
Academy Award for Best Picture (Henry Fonda, Reginald Rose)
Academy Award for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay (Reginald Rose)
BAFTA Award for Best Film
Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Feature Film
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
Golden Globe Award for Best Director
Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Award details: (details at IMDb)

12 Angry Men is a 1957 American drama film adapted from a teleplay of the same name by Reginald Rose. Written and co-produced by Rose himself and directed by Sidney Lumet, this trial film tells the story of a jury made up of 12 men as they deliberate the guilt or acquittal of a defendant on the basis of reasonable doubt. In the United States, a verdict in most criminal trials by jury must be unanimous. The film is notable for its almost exclusive use of one set: with the exception of the film's opening, which begins outside on the steps of the courthouse followed by the judge's final instructions to the jury before retiring, a brief final scene on the courthouse steps, and two short scenes in an adjoining washroom, the entire movie takes place in the jury room. The total time spent outside the jury room is three minutes out of the full 96 minutes of the movie. 12 Angry Men explores many techniques of consensus-building, and the difficulties encountered in the process, among a group of men whose range of personalities adds intensity and conflict.

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