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12 Angry Men. Required Viewing

This should be required viewing for anyone involved in court proceedings. I just viewed it yesterday and what a refreshing piece of work. As a young person I never get to see such dialogue driven plots instead we get Transformers 3...

pretty relevant to the George Zimmerman trial as well.


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Witness for the Prosecution is a must see.

http://youtu.be/HIiOkPNDNfU Takes place in a British court but, that doesn't matter. Based on an Agatha Christie book.

Things in a courtroom aren't necessarily about getting to the truth. It's about defending or prosecuting the case at hand. Best example, off the top of my head, is Caine Mutiny. http://youtu.be/Jw6gwGawbXA Wow! A real classic! Based on a Pulitzer Prize novel. Movie stars Bogart at his best.

“It is the food which you furnish to your mind that determines the whole character of your life.”
―Emmet Fox

You don't consider Transformers 3 to be a think piece?

More than meets the eye.

See it's a car. But now it's a robot. Get it?

Dont get me wrong I love an Action piece

But it does nothing to help me grow into a better person. I think 12 Angry men can improve any jury that views it before they proceed.

Just recently completed a week of jury duty...

attempted murder of a police officer.

What did I take away from the experience?

Live a clean life - you do not want your future decided on by a group of 12 bored strangers.

Twelve Angry Men is a very interesting and somewhat realistic look at what goes on inside a jury room. Having a Henry Fonda character is a rarity. I'd like to think I acted with as much integrity, honoring my conscience.

The law cannot make a wicked person virtuous…God’s grace alone can accomplish such a thing.
Ron Paul - The Revolution

Setting a good example is a far better way to spread ideals than through force of arms. Ron Paul

so true

without his stance, the "12 Angry Men" in the room would have convicted the boy with murder. At first there were so many outside distractions that made them want to leave, but as they kept the dialogue going they discovered more about themselves, their passions, their faults, and the good ones were very much coming to the light one by one.

Democracy was showcased because of Fonda, apathy too. The Innocent until proven Guilty montra we have in court is highlighted in this movie and we should cherish it. Guilty until proven Innocent is how they do it in most other countries

One of the best ever!

Do yourself a favor, don't watch the remake! Watch the original!

No car chases, no boobs, no violence.
Just excellent scripting, direction and acting!

12 men in one room. That's a movie!

A good folow up movie would be Dr. Strangelove!

Exercise Liberty!

America Rising.
The Constitution Stands.

"That the pen is mightier than the sword would be proven false; if I should take my sword and cut off the hand that holds the pen" - American Nomad

Just got done watching it... Loved it...


Glad you liked it!

The first time I watched it, I did not realize that Peter Sellers was playing multiple roles!
The British RAF Captain, the President and of course Dr. Strangelove!

But I was just a kid then...1964. :-)

Exercise Liberty!

America Rising.
The Constitution Stands.

"That the pen is mightier than the sword would be proven false; if I should take my sword and cut off the hand that holds the pen" - American Nomad



There is nothing more fascinating than human drama.

Some other recommendations:

"The Intouchables" http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1675434/?ref_=sr_2

(French, with English subtitles)

and the "Before" trilogy,

"Before Sunrise" http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0112471/?ref_=sr_2

"Before Sunset" http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0381681/?ref_=sr_3

"Before Midnight" http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2209418/?ref_=sr_1

If you like human drama as well as spectacle (some of the best action scenes ever filmed)

"Red Cliff, Parts 1 and 2" http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0425637/?ref_=sr_1 and http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1326972/?ref_=tt_rec_tt

[Fore go the "International Version". It reduces 5 hours to 2 1/2]

(In Mandarin, with English subtitles)

Only one slow spot in the entire five hours, and even that passes quickly enough.

Love this film!

Great principles, great variety of characters, fun that it pretty much all takes place in one room.

I need to go pick up a copy for my collection -- wonder if it's on blu-ray.

Just to show what I grew up watching.

And let me tell you I don't feel old, but this shows how THE IDEA of America as a Sovereign Nation has been taken over.


All households watched stuff like this.

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A great movie where no one had a name, only a number,....

like the series "The Prisoner." With no special effects, no special props, and just dialogue, 12 angry men had only words and acting ability to rely upon. "Timely" and "riveting" are what this movie is. Seventeen days is all that it took to film. Thanks for posting.

no problem

I just viewed it and it really made me want to tell anyone who goes to jury duty to watch it.

Dont be discouraged just because its Black and White. its crystal clear and enthralling


"If the jury have no right to judge of the justice of a law of the government, they plainly can do nothing to protect the people against the oppressions of the government; for there are no oppressions which the government may not authorize by law."

-- Lysander Spooner

They have the power ... In fact, ONE ANGRY MAN, if the chance arrives HAS THE POWER !


It is enough.

Anatomy of a Murder

One of the best ever!

And, one of the best movies based on a play ever. If you ever get the chance to see a stage version, do it.

This should be required viewing by everyone.

"In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot."--Mark Twain


Love this movie, we watched in it law class last year

“It is not our part to master all the tides of the world, but to do what is in us for the succour of those years wherein we are set, uprooting the evil in the fields that we know, so that those who live after may have clean earth to till." -J.R.R. Tolkien

Hi, Katniss!

Welcome back! I wondered what happened to you. Best wishes in your law studies.

JoeMO, I've seen this film many times. It's a classic. There aren't very many newer films I enjoy as much as the oldies. No special effects. Just really good stories and the best actors and actresses. You might want to correct your spelling of "required" in the title.

“It is the food which you furnish to your mind that determines the whole character of your life.”
―Emmet Fox