72 - Twelve Angry Men - 5 stars
I was debating with myself whether to give this film a four or a five star rating. Looking back on the film, I couldn't find any fault with it and therefore it must be a five star film.
The ending might never really be in doubt but sometimes it is all about the journey, and it unfolds with the direction and dialogue of a fantastic stage play, yet cinematic conventions allow for close-ups and other techniques to increase the tension and claustrophobic atmosphere of the room and situation. It is perfectly paced at just over 90 minutes, and at times you keep forgetting that this is simply a room of twelve men arguing.
And each of the 12 jurors gets a chance to shine in this wonderful ensemble cast. However there are a couple of standouts in the forms of Henry Fonda and Lee J. Cobb.
Best courtroom drama I've ever seen... even though it's not technically set in a courtroom.
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