In the 60 years since its release, Sidney Lumet’s masterpiece has lost none of its impact. In this age of unreason, 12 Angry Men remains sorely and urgently contemporary. Filmed originally as a TV movie, Reginald Rose’s screenplay is one of the best ever filmed, and Lumet’s one-room chamber piece is richly cinematic, its black and white compositions, tense tracking shots and intimate close ups belonging only on the cinema screen. The premise couldn’t be simpler: at the trial of an 18-year-old man accused of murder, twelve jurors must deliberate on the verdict.
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