12 Angry Men

1957 NR 1h 36m Blu-ray / DVD

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12 Angry Men

1957 NR 1h 36m Blu-ray / DVD
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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.
Format
Blu-ray DVD
Screen
Widescreen 1.66:1
Subtitles
Spanish (Neutral), French
CC
Yes
Audio
English: Dolby Digital Mono, French: Dolby Digital Mono
Screen
Widescreen 1.66:1
Subtitles
English
CC
No
Audio
English: PCM Mono
Rating
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 12+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 12+
  • Henry Fonda
  • Lee J. Cobb
  • Ed Begley
  • E.G. Marshall
  • Jack Warden
  • Martin Balsam
  • John Fiedler
  • Jack Klugman
  • Edward Binns
  • Joseph Sweeney
  • George Voskovec
  • Robert Webber
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Reviews

age 12+

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

Violence

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.

Language

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.

Consumerism

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 child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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