12 ANGRY MEN (Television Release USA 1997)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.8|5.0 Starsììì

12 Angry Men—half the value of the original 1957 movie of the same name—serves as busywork that does not improve on the existing model. This movie is just another movie remake that can appear in someone’s dossier/portfolio. There is an awkwardness in the remake that casts a seasoned citizen, Jack Lemon, into what was originally a young, energetic person’s role played by a youthful Henry Fonda. Director William Friedkin is well known in Hollywood and television entertainment. The television set-of-mind may have contributed to this movie’s lack of fire. This movie fails to inform and educate the audience about possible dangers of wrongful conviction when jurors are motivated by a variety of emotional conflicts and desires. The clichéd direction of this film seems to encourage the actors to repeat what was already done and therefore lacks the intensity of the original movie. Without that fire it does not inspire nor make one think deeply. The movie does cast some of our better actors, like William Peterson from CSI: Las Vegas.

Storyline

A close look at the fears and decision drivers of 12 men on a jury.

Additional Thanks

Thank You to Director William Friedkin for directing effort. Thank you to Producer Terence A. Donnelly for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Foreman (Courtney B. Vance), Juror #2 (Ossie Davis), Juror #3 (George C. Scott), Juror #4 (Armin Mueller Stahl), Juror #5 (Dorian Harewood), Juror #6 (James Gandolfini), Juror #7 Tony Danza), Juror #8 (Jack Lemmon), Juror #9(Hume Cronyn), Juror #10 (Mykelti Williamson), Juror #11 (Edward James Olmos), Juror #12 (William Petersen), Judge (Mary McDonnell), Guard (Tyrees Allen), and The Accused (Douglas Spain).

 


Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

 Maybe. Cookie cutter film that did not need to be produced. For value, watch the original 12 Angry Men rather than this one.

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