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  • Actors: Armin Mueller-Stahl, Jack Lemmon, Hume Cronyn, Edward James Olmos, William L. Petersen
  • Directors: William Friedkin
  • Producers: 12 Angry Men (1997) ( Twelve Angry Men ), 12 Angry Men (1997), Twelve Angry Men
  • Format: Import, PAL
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • DVD Release Date: September 23, 2008
  • Run Time: 112.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (403 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001MYIPH8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #162,928 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Australia released, PAL/Region 0 DVD: it WILL NOT play on standard US DVD player. You need multi-region PAL/NTSC DVD player to view it in USA/Canada: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: This 1997 cable-TV adaptation of 12 Angry Men presents the same plot as the two previous productions: the 1954 Studio One television version directed by Frank Schaffner and the 1957 film version directed by Sidney Lumet. Like the other two versions, it brings the viewer right into the jury room to watch the deliberators shout, plead, squirm, cajole, vote, then vote again and again until they reach a verdict in a case trying a young Hispanic for murder. Unlike the other versions, however, this one features a black racist (Mykelti Williamson) instead of a white racist to demonstrate that bigotry is not a whites-only disease. It also introduces other minority jurors, including black juror Ossie Davis and Hispanic juror Edward James Olmos, as well as a woman judge (Mary McDonnell) to reflect the changing times. Except for occasional profanity, the dialogue is essentially the same as in the previous versions, since all three are children of a script by playwright Reginald Rose. Generally, the actors perform well in this new adaptation. Aging Jack Lemmon portrays the pivotal juror who early on votes in opposition to the other 11 members, then plants doubts, saying, 'Suppose we're wrong.' Although he lacks the full acting vigor and depth displayed in earlier roles, he still has enough fire to ignite an argument. George C. Scott, Courtney Vance, Dorian Harewood, James Gandolfini, and the other cast members perform ably - some as ranters and ravers, others as timid men of conscience who stand their ground - as the jurors grudgingly bow to logic and gradually accept the possibility that they could be wron...12 Angry Men (1997) ( Twelve Angry Men )

Customer Reviews

Script, dialogue and acting all very good.
Cindy
Great look at jury personalities and how they influence decisions.
Gary Grice
A really good remake or the original movie.
Mark

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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Marcelo Pérez on December 2, 2002
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I consider myself a very demanding movie watcher, and this one definitely satisfies my expectations. I had the chance to see both 1957 and 1997 versions for "12 angry men", and I must say my vote goes to the recent one. Friedkin manages to create a whole atmosphere which seems much more realistic to me than the rather rigid and sometimes mechanic performances shown on the earlier version. In my opinion, Friedkin's cast looks so natural in their expressions and personality, they don't seem to be 'acting', which is a fault often seen in older movies. Characters and psychological profiles were improved so that you recognize and identify everyone of them, and you have a feeling no man's missing and no man's unnecesary. Jack Lemmon and George C. Scott offer an astonishing display of talent, and Scott's final monologue makes Lee J Cobb's performance look pale and opaque. If I were to choose a lawyer, I'd take Lemmon instead of Fonda, no doubt about it. The variety of the cast brings a refreshing, believable and solid mosaic of personalities I just don't see in Lumet's film (1957). Don't turn your back on this remake. You may be missing a great movie.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 26, 1998
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This is an excellent re-make of the original movie (starring Henry Fonda and Lee J. Cobb). The plot is moved into a more contemporary setting that shows current feelings and prejudices that drive people's opinions and close their minds.
The story is an outstanding example of the different personalities and self-appointed roles that become evident in a small group trying to come to a concensus. The attitude and behavior of the jurors, cooped up in a sub-standard room, are made very obvious immediately. Private agendas, however, take much longer to surface.
"12 Angry Men" puts the American Judicial system on trial. The plot illustrates, very painfully, just how poorly some citizens take their responsibilities in as significant a case as one that involves capital punishiment.
The cast is excellent.
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29 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 27, 2004
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I really don't think a masterpiece like 12 ANGRY MEN needs a remake. This remake of the classic 1957 film makes many good efforts, but falls short in many points. First of all, I think George C. Scott is excellent, and could stand serious comparison with Lee J. Cobb in the original. (Alright, maybe his final monologue isn't quite as cyclonic as Cobb's, but perhaps Scott was wise in not trying to emulate that.) Many of the other actors are also very good. But some of the actors miss the mark on their characterizations. Olmos' watchmaker is a confused mess. (Who is he? Where is he from? What is his social class?) Gandolfini's Juror # 6 is surly and disagreeable, unlike Edward Binns' kindly original. The actor playing Juror # 5 is too confident and bold; in the original, this character was a scared and self-conscious young man who identified with the defendant. I admit that making Juror # 10 a former Nation of Islam member was a creative choice. But why does the judge (female in this version) not set up the atmosphere of physical discomfort and indifference, which are important themes in the movie? And why does # 10 decribe the defendant as a "common ignorant slob"? His appearance and dress do not suggest this! Finally, and most seriously in my opinion, a mess has been made of the relationship between Jurors 2 and 3. In the original, a father/son relationship was established between Cobb and John Fiedler. In the remake, Ossie Davis and Scott are both virtually the same age, so that whole theme is lost. In the original movie, ALL the actors were superb and perfect for their parts; there were no weak links.

Another problem I have with this movie is that in some places it fastidiously modernizes, while in others it stays stubbornly in the 1950's. Why are there two Europeans on the jury?
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 1, 2000
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I never saw the first but i know i want to because of how great this one was.And the way Jack Lemmon(who i think gave the best performance)can convince eleven jury members that a (probably) guilty man is innocent.The idea seems imposible but this brilliantly made movie proves you wrong! And the actors do a great job portraying their characters and the dialouge is unbelievable!This movie definitley deserves five stars,if not more.This is a modern,up-to-date,classic film of the lives of what real jurors go through when faced with detertmining a man's life.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Robert Beveridge HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on February 19, 2001
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12 Angry Men (William Friedkin, 1997)

Friedkin's made-for-television adaptation of the classic 1957 film is surprisingly well-thought-out and executed with a atyle most straight-to-small-screen works lack. Jack Lemmon and George C. Scott presage their conflicts in the later made-for-TV remake Inherit the Wind as the two jurors who refuse to budge from their convictions that a murder case does and does not have reasonable doubt attached to it, respectively.

As with the original, 12 Angry Men is really an ensemble piece, the first American example of avant-garde filmmaking on a mass scale; with the exception of a few brief flashes at beginning and end, the film takes place in two adjoining rooms, a jury room and a men's room, allowing the director no scenic latitude at all and forcing him to concentrate on the actors themselves. Friedkin, as Lumet before him, gathers a mix of the well-known and the underrated from all corners of the Hollywood backlot, gives each a speech, and goes to great pains to ensure that those who espouse even the most controversial views are as charismatic as those who are warmer and fuzzier. In other words, this is an actors' movie, pure and simple, and if you enjoy watching actors do what they do, you'll get a kick out of this. ****
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