Sidney Lumet: A Life Behind the Camera

12 Angry Men
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12 Angry Men, 1957
Building a renown for goading actors toward self-revelation, Sidney Lumet caught the attention of Henry Fonda, who was producing a movie version of Reginald Rose's jury-room TV play 12 Angry Men. For the nameless jurors Lumet rounded up Lee J. Cobb, E.G. Marshall, Jack Warden, Jack Klugman and Ed Begley, bringing sizzle to the confrontation of principle and prejudice.

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