The Top 63 Marathon, part 57 (#7)
Title: 12 Angry Men
Length: 96 minutes
Director: Sidney Lumet
Writer: Reginald Rose
Starring: Henry Fonda, Martin Balsam, John Fiedler, Lee J. Cobb, E.G. Marshall, Jack Klugman, Edward Binns, Jack Warden, Joseph Sweeney, Ed Begley, George Voskovec, Robert Webber
Music: Kenyon Hopkins
Distinctions: Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay; currently #8 on the IMDb’s Top 250
Synopsis: jurors deliberate on a murder trial with mandatory death penalty
How I saw it: on video (rented from Netflix), yesterday
Pacing: Great. Nothing but a bunch of guys talking to each other, and you’re on the edge of your seat.
Special effects/design: Good.
Music: Indifferent. It’s good music, but every time it cuts in (which is not often) is an unwelcome intrusion.
Subjective Rating: 8/10 (Great). I say “nothing but a bunch of guys talking to each other,” but honestly, I can’t think of anything I’d rather see in a movie than really gripping conversation. I don’t know if it’s hard to pull off, or if it’s just hard to sell, but it’s a shame there aren’t more movies like this.
Objective Rating: 3.7/4 (Great).