12 Angry Men (1957)

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Was he Guilty or Not Guilty?

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  1. Guestx

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    Can't say I've heard of that one. I'll have to check it out, thanks!
     
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  2. MusterX

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    I'm telling you man, our justice system works, sometimes, which is why its scary. We put people in prison all the time that are innocent. Its proven over and over to happen. Even at the highest level of punishment, death, we have to pull guys off death row because we found out they didn't do it. That's why I brought up O.J. and Scott Peterson. Almost everyone thinks O.J. is guilty but he went free. I watched a lot of the Scott Peterson coverage and I'm telling you it would have been hard to sell me in the jurors room to put him on death row. Did he do it? Probably, but probably is not enough for me to put a man on death row.

    So you are right, our system is scary but I don't know a better way. Here is a scary thought. Eye witness testimony is the weakest form of evidence and notoriously unreliable. In most cases our court system is based on eye witness testimony.
     
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    I saw it once years ago and really liked it. Henry Fonda and Lee J. Cobb are particularly good. One of the best examples of a single location movie, and of a movie that is carried entirely by performance and dialogue.
     
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  4. MusterX

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    You are talking 1950's man. I'm sure you could walk right into a courthouse carrying a knife in your pocket and nobody would ever know. It was a different world back then.
     
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  5. chickenluver

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    Are there no movies you wouldn't change anything about?
     
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    xcvbn Silver Belt Platinum Member

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    I must've been 17 or 18 when I first watched this one. I went into it knowing I'd hate it, but 12 Angry Men turned out to be one of my favorite movies of all time. Just thinking about it reminds me of how real it seemed. It almost plays out like a documentary!

    Ahead of its time for real. A true masterpiece.
     
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    Great movie. Saw another version (Russian?) called 12. A nice variation of the original.
     
  8. Fraz

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    Just how angry are these 12 men? Are they absolutely furious?
     
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  9. MusterX

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    10/10 to me represents perfection and I'm not sure perfection exists. I don't know, I'm torn on it. If I rate a movie 9.5/10 then a lot of people would likely rate the same movie 10/10.

    Just as a few examples, here are some movies I think that fall somewhere between 9 and 10 but I'm not sure exactly where.

    Mulholland Drive
    Once Upon a Time in the West
    North by Northwest
    12 Angry Men
    Schindler's List
    The Godfather
    The Exorcist
    Taxi Driver
    Das Boot
     
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  10. MusterX

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    Its one of those few movies that is still great 60 years later. It really is a masterpiece of a film. When people say, I can't stand old black and white movies I direct them either to 12 Angry Men or Rashomon. Rashomon was made in 1950 and is still a compelling watch almost 70 years later.

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    Your post was mildly funny but when I looked at your AV it clicked and was hilarious.
     
  12. MXZT

    MXZT Purple Belt Platinum Member

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    12 Angry Men could very well be the greatest movie ever made. Such captivating performances throughout. The script is genius. You can't ask for a better script then that. It's definitely a must see. Everyone should watch this movie.
     
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    The movies I rate 10 are basically just the ones that I like the most. I wouldn't say that in each case I love every single detail, every scene, shot, line of dialogue etc. but overall if it adds up to a movie that I feel can't be improved in any meaningful way that's a 10 for me.

    According to IMDB I've rated 27 films a 10 (and 3 TV series)

    Here are a few examples:

    Barry Lyndon
    Citizen Kane
    Come and See
    Amadeus
    Dr. Strangelove
    Ran
    Rashomon
    Frankenstein (1931)
    Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (yes I'm completely serious)
     
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    Was the ‘97 remake any good?
     
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    I’d go in more depth right now if I wasn’t drinking, but in short, it’s a great movie. Great performances and great storytelling. Watch it.
     
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    Totally agree on Fonda. I also think Robin Williams often embodied the characteristic of humanism in his dramatic work.
     
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    Great movie and the remake was pretty solid as well. We saw it in middle school during my English class, but before we had to act out the play. The play was boring as hell and didn't make much sense (half the kids couldn't fucking read so we all lost interest when it was their turn to talk) but once we saw the movie it all came together.
     
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    Before 9/11 things were pretty fast and loose...

    Good movie.. my favorite interpretation of it is:
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    One of the best movies ever made and arguably the greatest screenplay of all time.
     
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    Calling 12 Angry Men "good" is like calling Stalin "kinda bad." The film is a masterpiece, top to bottom.
     
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