12 Angry Men
Knowing full well that a guilty verdict means death, a jury of 12 men (including Jack Warden and Jack Klugman) must decide the fate of an 18-year-old boy accused of fatally stabbing his father. But only one juror (Henry Fonda) wants to take the time to coolly deliberate the case. Sidney Lumet (Network) made his directorial debut with this Oscar-nominated drama that illuminates all the petty impediments on the path to justice.
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- Sidney Lumet
- DVD and Blu-ray
- 1958 BAFTA®
- Best Actor: Henry Fonda
- Best Film nominee
- 1958 Golden Globe Awards
- Best Motion Picture (Drama) nominee
- Best Director (Motion Picture) nominee
- Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Drama) nominee
- Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture nominee
- Top 100 Movies
- Top 100 Thrills
- 1958 Academy Award®
- Best Picture nominee
- Best Writing Adapted Screenplay nominee
- Best Director nominee: Sidney Lumet
NRNot rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
Spanish (Neutral), FrenchClosed captioned
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital Mono, French: Dolby Digital MonoOther features
Filmed in B&W; no region code; interactive menus; scene access; theatrical trailer.
NoLanguage and sound
English: PCM MonoOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; 1955 TV version; video essay; archival interviews with Lumet; interview about the Sidney Lumet with Walter Bernstein; additional featurettes; original theatrical trailer.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that 12 Angry Men is a gripping 1957 drama that makes much out of a simple situation (the ordinary deliberations of a jury) and setting (the room where they have been sequestered). Jurors smoke cigarettes throughout the movie. Biased jurors state as a "fact" that minorities drink too much alcohol. There is one "damn." A young man is accused of stabbing his father to death. Jurors nearly come to blows over disagreements about the case. One juror threatens to kill another in the heat of the moment. The fact that this jury is made up exclusively of white males should be explained to kids as a sign of the film's time period. Despite its age, this drama still has a lot to say about the principles on which the American justice system is based, as well as issues of prejudice.
- Sexual Content
- Not applicable
- A young man is accused of stabbing his father to death. Jurors nearly come to blows over disagreements about the case. One juror threatens to kill another in the heat of the moment. It's suggested that one of the jurors most eager to sentence a boy to death for murder has physically abused his own estranged son.
- One "damn."
- Social Behavior
- People given the legal responsibility to decide a peer's fate should not jump to conclusions based on preconceived notions about race, education, economic status, or other identifying characteristics. Police and prosecutors can make mistakes. Everyone should be given the benefit of the doubt, especially when quick judgments could lead to someone's death. The fact that this jury is made up exclusively of white males should be explained to kids as a sign of the film's time period.
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Jurors smoke cigarettes throughout the movie. Biased jurors state as a "fact" that minorities drink too much alcohol.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it