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12 Angry Men

Sidney Lumet

 
12 Angry Men (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • United States
  • 1957
  • 96 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.66:1
  • English
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  • Spine #591

12 Angry Men, by Sidney Lumet, may be the most radical courtroom drama in cinema history. A behind-closed-doors look at the American legal system that is as riveting as it is spare, this iconic adaptation of Reginald Rose’s teleplay stars Henry Fonda as the dissenting member on a jury of white men ready to pass judgment on a Puerto Rican teenager charged with murdering his father. The result is a saga of epic proportions that plays out over a tense afternoon in one sweltering room. Lumet’s electrifying snapshot of 1950s America on the verge of change is one of the great feature film debuts.

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Disc Features

  • New high-definition digital restoration, with uncom­pressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Frank Schaffner’s 1955 teleplay of 12 Angry Men, from the series Studio One, featuring an introduction by Ron Simon, curator at the Paley Center for Media
  • Production history of 12 Angry Men, from teleplay to big-screen classic
  • Archival interviews with director Sidney Lumet
  • New interview with screenwriter Walter Bernstein about Lumet
  • New interview with Simon about writer Reginald Rose
  • New interview with cinematographer John Bailey in which he discusses cinematographer Boris Kaufman
  • Tragedy in a Temporary Town (1956), a teleplay directed by Lumet and written by Rose
  • New interview with cinematographer John Bailey about director of photography Boris Kaufman
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by writer and law professor Thane Rosenbaum

    New cover illustration by Sean Phillips, design by Eric Skillman

Film Essays

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12 Angry Men: Lumet’s Faces

By Thane Rosenbaum November 22, 2011

In his smashing debut, Sidney Lumet takes a hard look at the American legal system—and human nature. Read more »


Film Essays

12 Angry Men

By Peter Heath Becker February 08, 1988

12 Angry Men is an unflinching, close-up study of a jury entrusted with the power over life and death. Twelve men, locked in a room on the hottest day of the year, must decide the fate of a boy . . . Read more »

Big Screen


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10 Things I Learned

10 Things I Learned: 12 Angry Men

By Kim Hendrickson December 07, 2011


Press Notes

Press Notes: 12 Angry Men

December 05, 2011

Critics are getting all fired up about Sidney Lumet’s 12 Angry Men, and the verdict is in: This is “one of the greatest courtroom dramas ever made,” according to Matt Hough of Home Theater . . . Read more »


Photo Galleries

Jury Duty

By Chuck Stephens December 01, 2011


Three Reasons


Film Essays

Current_thumb1534_073_thumbnail

12 Angry Men: Lumet’s Faces

By Thane Rosenbaum November 22, 2011

In his smashing debut, Sidney Lumet takes a hard look at the American legal system—and human nature. Read more »


Film Essays

12 Angry Men

By Peter Heath Becker February 08, 1988

12 Angry Men is an unflinching, close-up study of a jury entrusted with the power over life and death. Twelve men, locked in a room on the hottest day of the year, must decide the fate of a boy . . . Read more »