12 Angry Men is one of the most exciting, thrilling, and entertaining crime dramas in history, ripe with tension, sweat dripping from both the characters' and the audience's faces. Yet it all takes place in one room, save for a minute or two at the beginning and end.
Modern directors should take careful notice of Sidney Lumet's work here. Tension is not developed through big, noisy set pieces and an explosion every five minutes. It's all about emotion, character, and maybe a dash of claustrophobia. Confined spaces are where it's at.
Henry Fonda is superb, as is Jack Klugman, and I find it fascinating that not once are any of the character's names revealed, not even that of the boy on trial for murdering his father. The nameless characters unwrap a mystery while verbally battering each other, sometimes with the battery moving into the physical realm.
12 Angry Men proves that the pen truly is mightier than the sword. You don't need great action to create great drama. Just some emotion and good dialogue.
Actors: Henry Fonda, E.G. Marshall, Lee J. Cobb, Martin Balsam, Jack Klugman, John Fiedler, Ed Binns, Jack Warden, Ed Begley, Robert Webber & Joseph Sweeney
Director: Sidney Lumet
Languages: English / French
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
Subtitles: Chinese / France / Spanish (Removable)
Aspect Ratio: Black & White, 16:9 Widescreen
Region Code: All
Duration: 96 minutes (approx)
Number of Discs: 1
Condition: Brand New