Sidney Lumet

12 Angry Men

12 Angry Men

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.

Film Info

  • Sidney Lumet
  • United States
  • 1957
  • 96 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.66:1
  • English
  • Spine #591

Special 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
  • 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

Purchase Options

Special 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
  • 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
12 Angry Men
Cast
Martin Balsam
Juror 1
John Fiedler
Juror 2
Lee J. Cobb
Juror 3
E. G. Marshall
Juror 4
Jack Klugman
Juror 5
Edward Binns
Juror 6
Jack Warden
Juror 7
Henry Fonda
Juror 8
Joseph Sweeney
Juror 9
Ed Begley
Juror 10
George Voskovec
Juror 11
Robert Webber
Juror 12
Credits
Director
Sidney Lumet
Writer
Reginald Rose
Producer
Henry Fonda
Producer
Reginald Rose
Associate producer
George Justin
Music
Kenyon Hopkins
Cinematographer
Boris Kaufman
Editor
Carl Lerner
Art director
Robert Markel
Sound
James A. Gleason
Makeup
Herman Buchman

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