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Cast: Nikita Mikhalkov, Sergei Makovetsky, Sergei Garmash, Alexei Petrenko

 
When a Russian youth is put on trial for the murder of his adoptive father, it's up to a room full of jurors divided by racism and prejudice to determine the boy's ultimate fate in director Nikita Mikhalkov's loose remake of Reginald Rose's 12 Angry Men. At the center of the storm is a broodingly silent foreman (Mikhalkov). As the

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When a Russian youth is put on trial for the murder of his adoptive father, it's up to a room full of jurors divided by racism and prejudice to determine the boy's ultimate fate in director Nikita Mikhalkov's loose remake of Reginald Rose's 12 Angry Men. At the center of the storm is a broodingly silent foreman (Mikhalkov). As the deliberation grows increasingly tense, a racist Russian cabbie (Sergei Garmash) attempts to sway the vote of a well-dressed television producer (Yuri Stoyanov) by staging a vivid recreation of a gruesome murder scene; an elderly Jewish man (Valentin Gaft) recovers the nightmares of the Holocaust; and a Caucasus surgeon (Sergei Gazarov) is pushed over the edge by a hateful rant about the brutishness of Chechens. Later, after one soft-spoken juror (Sergei Makovetsky) wins the jury over with a heartfelt monologue about intemperance and redemption, the volatile group struggles to settle on a final verdict.

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All Movie Guide - Bruce Eder
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Mikhalkov, who staged the original before pursuing this filmed variation, has deconstructed Rose's original (best known for the 1957 screen adaptation by {|Sidney Lumet">12 Angry Men">12">{|12 Angry Men -- which started life as a live television drama on Studio One, about American perceptions and prejudices of the mid-'50s -- and transposed it with a superb cast into an extended exploration of truth and justice as it exists in Russia in the early 21st century. Mikhalkov, who staged the original before pursuing this filmed variation, has deconstructed Rose's original (best known for the 1957 screen adaptation by {|Sidney Lumet, starring and produced by {|Henry Fonda) and reassembled it in fiercely cinematic terms. Any trace of the stage- and television-bound original is gone, although it does obliquely acknowledge its American origins in one part of the script, and also in one of the few major departures of fact in the script (Russian juries don't need to have unanimous verdicts). 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Mikhalkov, who staged the original before pursuing this filmed variation, has deconstructed Rose's original (best known for the 1957 screen adaptation by {|Sidney Lumet">12 Angry Men">12">{|12 Angry Men -- which started life as a live television drama on Studio One, about American perceptions and prejudices of the mid-'50s -- and transposed it with a superb cast into an extended exploration of truth and justice as it exists in Russia in the early 21st century. Mikhalkov, who staged the original before pursuing this filmed variation, has deconstructed Rose's original (best known for the 1957 screen adaptation by {|Sidney Lumet, starring and produced by {|Henry Fonda) and reassembled it in fiercely cinematic terms. Any trace of the stage- and television-bound original is gone, although it does obliquely acknowledge its American origins in one part of the script, and also in one of the few major departures of fact in the script (Russian juries don't need to have unanimous verdicts). He's assembled a killer cast, of which the most outstanding members are {|Sergei Garmash as a racist cab driver, Valentin Gaft as an aging Jewish descendant of Holocaust survivors, and {|Sergei Gazarov as a surgeon whose multifaceted relationship to knives is pivotal to the plot. The movie unfolds at a pace that is more leisurely than it actually feels -- Mikhalkov's intercutting of past and present events in different settings makes this a much livelier cinematic experience than one would expect from a courtroom drama; and the only down side of that structure is that it makes it more difficult to appreciate the contribution of {|Apti Magamayev">Sidney Lumet, starring and produced by {|Henry Fonda">12 Angry Men -- which started life as a live television drama on Studio One, about American perceptions and prejudices of the mid-'50s -- and transposed it with a superb cast into an extended exploration of truth and justice as it exists in Russia in the early 21st century. Mikhalkov, who staged the original before pursuing this filmed variation, has deconstructed Rose's original (best known for the 1957 screen adaptation by {|Sidney Lumet">12 Angry Men">12">{|12 Angry Men -- which started life as a live television drama on Studio One, about American perceptions and prejudices of the mid-'50s -- and transposed it with a superb cast into an extended exploration of truth and justice as it exists in Russia in the early 21st century. Mikhalkov, who staged the original before pursuing this filmed variation, has deconstructed Rose's original (best known for the 1957 screen adaptation by {|Sidney Lumet, starring and produced by {|Henry Fonda) and reassembled it in fiercely cinematic terms. Any trace of the stage- and television-bound original is gone, although it does obliquely acknowledge its American origins in one part of the script, and also in one of the few major departures of fact in the script (Russian juries don't need to have unanimous verdicts). He's assembled a killer cast, of which the most outstanding members are {|Sergei Garmash">Sidney Lumet">12 Angry Men">12">{|12 Angry Men -- which started life as a live television drama on Studio One, about American perceptions and prejudices of the mid-'50s -- and transposed it with a superb cast into an extended exploration of truth and justice as it exists in Russia in the early 21st century. Mikhalkov, who staged the original before pursuing this filmed variation, has deconstructed Rose's original (best known for the 1957 screen adaptation by {|Sidney Lumet, starring and produced by {|Henry Fonda">12 Angry Men -- which started life as a live television drama on Studio One, about American perceptions and prejudices of the mid-'50s -- and transposed it with a superb cast into an extended exploration of truth and justice as it exists in Russia in the early 21st century. Mikhalkov, who staged the original before pursuing this filmed variation, has deconstructed Rose's original (best known for the 1957 screen adaptation by {|Sidney Lumet">12 Angry Men">12">{|12 Angry Men -- which started life as a live television drama on Studio One, about American perceptions and prejudices of the mid-'50s -- and transposed it with a superb cast into an extended exploration of truth and justice as it exists in Russia in the early 21st century. Mikhalkov, who staged the original before pursuing this filmed variation, has deconstructed Rose's original (best known for the 1957 screen adaptation by {|Sidney Lumet, starring and produced by {|Henry Fonda) and reassembled it in fiercely cinematic terms. Any trace of the stage- and television-bound original is gone, although it does obliquely acknowledge its American origins in one part of the script, and also in one of the few major departures of fact in the script (Russian juries don't need to have unanimous verdicts). He's assembled a killer cast, of which the most outstanding members are {|Sergei Garmash as a racist cab driver, Valentin Gaft as an aging Jewish descendant of Holocaust survivors, and {|Sergei Gazarov">12 Angry Men -- which started life as a live television drama on Studio One, about American perceptions and prejudices of the mid-'50s -- and transposed it with a superb cast into an extended exploration of truth and justice as it exists in Russia in the early 21st century. Mikhalkov, who staged the original before pursuing this filmed variation, has deconstructed Rose's original (best known for the 1957 screen adaptation by {|Sidney Lumet, starring and produced by {|Henry Fonda">12 Angry Men -- which started life as a live television drama on Studio One, about American perceptions and prejudices of the mid-'50s -- and transposed it with a superb cast into an extended exploration of truth and justice as it exists in Russia in the early 21st century. Mikhalkov, who staged the original before pursuing this filmed variation, has deconstructed Rose's original (best known for the 1957 screen adaptation by {|Sidney Lumet">12 Angry Men">12">{|12 Angry Men -- which started life as a live television drama on Studio One, about American perceptions and prejudices of the mid-'50s -- and transposed it with a superb cast into an extended exploration of truth and justice as it exists in Russia in the early 21st century. Mikhalkov, who staged the original before pursuing this filmed variation, has deconstructed Rose's original (best known for the 1957 screen adaptation by {|Sidney Lumet, starring and produced by {|Henry Fonda) and reassembled it in fiercely cinematic terms. Any trace of the stage- and television-bound original is gone, although it does obliquely acknowledge its American origins in one part of the script, and also in one of the few major departures of fact in the script (Russian juries don't need to have unanimous verdicts). He's assembled a killer cast, of which the most outstanding members are {|Sergei Garmash">Sidney Lumet">12 Angry Men">12">{|12 Angry Men -- which started life as a live television drama on Studio One, about American perceptions and prejudices of the mid-'50s -- and transposed it with a superb cast into an extended exploration of truth and justice as it exists in Russia in the early 21st century. Mikhalkov, who staged the original before pursuing this filmed variation, has deconstructed Rose's original (best known for the 1957 screen adaptation by {|Sidney Lumet, starring and produced by {|Henry Fonda">12 Angry Men -- which started life as a live television drama on Studio One, about American perceptions and prejudices of the mid-'50s -- and transposed it with a superb cast into an extended exploration of truth and justice as it exists in Russia in the early 21st century. Mikhalkov, who staged the original before pursuing this filmed variation, has deconstructed Rose's original (best known for the 1957 screen adaptation by {|Sidney Lumet">12 Angry Men">12">{|12 Angry Men -- which started life as a live television drama on Studio One, about American perceptions and prejudices of the mid-'50s -- and transposed it with a superb cast into an extended exploration of truth and justice as it exists in Russia in the early 21st century. Mikhalkov, who staged the original before pursuing this filmed variation, has deconstructed Rose's original (best known for the 1957 screen adaptation by {|Sidney Lumet, starring and produced by {|Henry Fonda) and reassembled it in fiercely cinematic terms. Any trace of the stage- and television-bound original is gone, although it does obliquely acknowledge its American origins in one part of the script, and also in one of the few major departures of fact in the script (Russian juries don't need to have unanimous verdicts). He's assembled a killer cast, of which the most outstanding members are {|Sergei Garmash as a racist cab driver, Valentin Gaft as an aging Jewish descendant of Holocaust survivors, and {|Sergei Gazarov as a surgeon whose multifaceted relationship to knives is pivotal to the plot. The movie unfolds at a pace that is more leisurely than it actually feels -- Mikhalkov's intercutting of past and present events in different settings makes this a much livelier cinematic experience than one would expect from a courtroom drama; and the only down side of that structure is that it makes it more difficult to appreciate the contribution of {|Apti Magamayev as the accused, a performance that manages to evoke sympathy despite his having virtually no onscreen dialogue. The only other problem with the movie -- which, after a sudden, even more dire (and unexpected) turn near its denouement, offers some hope of redemption -- is its somber depiction of the Russian justice system (which is, in reality, even more loaded against what most Americans would regard as fairness and truth than the film depicts).

Product Details

Release Date:
07/14/2009
UPC:
0043396280281
Original Release:
2007
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
2:40:00
Sales rank:
65,294

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sergei Makovetsky Actor
Nikita Mikhalkov Actor
Sergei Garmash Actor
Alexei Petrenko Actor
Yury Stoyanov Actor
Sergei Gazarov Actor
Mikhail Efremov Actor
Valentin Gaft Actor
Alexei Gorbunov Actor
Viktor Verzhbitsky Actor
Roman Madyanov Actor
Aleksander Adabashian Actor
Apti Magamayev Actor
William Gaft Actor
Sergey Artsibashev Actor

Technical Credits
Nikita Mikhalkov Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Vincent Arnardi Sound/Sound Designer
Edward Artemiev Score Composer
Eduard Artemjev Score Composer
Natalia Dziubenko Costumes/Costume Designer
Enzio Meniconi Editor
Vladimir Moiseenko Screenwriter
Alexandre Novototsky Screenwriter
Vladislav Opelyants Cinematographer
Victor Petrov Production Designer
Andre Rigaut Sound/Sound Designer
Leonid Vereschagin Producer
Andrei Zaitsev Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- 12
1. Chapter 1 [6:27]
2. Chapter 2 [9:26]
3. Chapter 3 [6:43]
4. Chapter 4 [4:33]
5. Chapter 5 [6:59]
6. Chapter 6 [3:26]
7. Chapter 7 [5:42]
8. Chapter 8 [4:33]
9. Chapter 9 [4:17]
10. Chapter 10 [2:37]
11. Chapter 11 [8:14]
12. Chapter 12 [6:40]
13. Chapter 13 [6:24]
14. Chapter 14 [5:05]
15. Chapter 15 [5:51]
16. Chapter 16 [2:31]
17. Chapter 17 [5:18]
18. Chapter 18 [9:24]
19. Chapter 19 [1:38]
20. Chapter 20 [4:57]
21. Chapter 21 [6:30]
22. Chapter 22 [8:38]
23. Chapter 23 [11:22]
24. Chapter 24 [6:47]
25. Chapter 25 [6:20]
26. Chapter 26 [2:48]
27. Chapter 27 [2:36]
28. Chapter 28 [3:49]

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The concept of this movie may sound boring - watching a jury deliberate - it is anything but boring. It is also good for students of the Russian language, as the English subtitles match well with the actual spoken dialogue.