12 Angry Men movie review - Aussieboyreviews


The film won’t please 100% everyone, but the discussion of innocence and frequent arguing is somehow entirely enjoyable. 12 Angry Men is appropriate, but will likely bore young children, making it best saving for older kids.


A dissenting juror in a New York City murder trial slowly manages to persuade the other members of the jury that the case is not as evident as it seemed in court.

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Movie details

Director: Sidney Lumet
Cast: Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, Ed Begley, E.G. Marshall, Jack Warden, Ed Begley, Joseph Sweeney
Writer: Reginald Rose
Release Date (Australia): 5 June 1958
Runtime: 96 minutes/1h 36m
Genre: Drama, Crime
Country: USA
Language: English

CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)

Themes (PG)

The film centres on a jury deciding whether a young man who is accused of murder is guilty or not. There are frequent references to murder and execution throughout.

Coarse Language (G)

The film contains a single use of the word “damn”.

mpaa rating

NR (Not Rated)

Aussie boy's thoughts

It’s absolutely amazing how entertaining it is to witness twelve men in a single room, arguing and specifying for 90 minutes straight. Do not judge this movie by it’s age, because it is an unforgettable and truthful black-and-white classic that’s always worth checking into.

Martin Balsam, John Fiedler, Lee J. Cobb, E.G. Marshall, Jack Klugman, Edward Binns, Jack Warden, Henry Fonda, Joseph Sweeney, Ed Begley, George Voskovec and Robert Webber are phenomenal in the film. To call the cast excellent is quite common, but 12 Angry Men’s cast manage to pull off a stunning jury system and keep us all engaged and impressed. So don’t start the film with extremely low hopes. The first 10 minutes is just settling you into the story and once the conversation, arguing and yelling starts, it’ll latch your attention and hold you until the end. It’s pretty simple, but is a fast masterpiece to be classed as one of history’s best films.

Although it’s appropriate and clean from adult elements, it’s honestly worth having the younger children wait until they’re older kids. Unless your young kids are genuinely interested, save this black-and-white masterpiece as a must-watch for when they’re older. Young children will likely find the film boring and old, but older kids may have more fascination.

12 Angry Men is a perfect example of just needing a simple script, a terrific crew, and a decent setting. Don’t focus on how old it is and definitely go and see it if you have not watched it.

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