DVD - 2009 - Russian
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Set in contemporary Moscow where 12 men must decide the fate of a young man accused of murdering his step-father. Consigned to a makeshift jury room, one by one each man takes center stage to confront, connect, and confess while the accused awaits a verdict and revisits his heartbreaking journey through war in flashbacks.


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Фильм — размышление о том, что такое свобода, сострадание, способность помочь совершенно постороннему человеку, оказавшемуся в беде, серьёзный разговор о том, что волнует сегодня каждого.

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Jan 27, 2015
  • rick7white rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Well acted...I very much liked the way this movie played out.

Aug 27, 2014
  • 0cho rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Overall I enjoyed this movie. Acting was excellent, could easily cut out an hour of this movie, too long at times. Very interesting look into Russian attitudes and stereotypes.

Aug 22, 2014

Aug 22, 2012.....Wow. I wasn't expecting this to be so good.....the acting, the cinematography, the subject, the graphics, the suspense.....this movie has it all. Yes, it is a little long, and I was too tired to watch it, but I couldn't drag my eyes away. I wish there were more movies like this one. I'm tired of the fast fights and smash ups that are supposed to give you thrills in the movies these days. They just bore me. I'll be watching this again......and then maybe again. So much good stuff, I'm sure I'm missing lots. Did I mention I love the actors? No glitz and glam here!.....I've never watched the other movie, that this one takes after, I bet it is not 1/2 as good. Will check it out......oh! just checked it out.....I have seen that movie, many many years ago. I think I was a teenager! I think it was an afternoon matinee on TV. I'll have to watch it again and compare the two. Libraries Rock!

Aug 17, 2014
  • elsiecat rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Excellent, suspenseful, thoughtful, well-acted. Also, a small glimpse into the social prejudice against Chechens.
You will be thinking about this film long afterward and considering the ethical and psychological issues it raises.

Jul 30, 2014
  • Old_Toto rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

No secret that this follows the United States Classic "12 Angry Men" as that movie is acknowledged in the opening credits of 12. However, an adult viewer catches frequent glimpses of Russian values and attitudes concerning a variety of subjects that one is hard pressed to find elsewhere in English subtitles. Stark graphics throughout, the ending scene will not soon be forgotten. Atypical ending for any Soviet or Russian film seen before.

Apr 27, 2014
  • harrybrowne rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Absolutely mesmerizing and so well done it is breathtaking. Superb acting, especially by the accused Chechen and the jury foreman. Music is haunting; some very funny bits (the bird is the best); and a very satisfying ending. A level of moral and philosophical depth so far removed from the garbage that Hollywood typically spews out. A rare masterpiece.

Sep 07, 2013
  • cmjones764 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Great adaptation of a classic.

Dec 06, 2012
  • geomillar rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Loved this Russian version of 12 ANGRY MEN.

Mar 05, 2012
  • AndrewTerMarsch rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Thought-provoking Russian movie about 12 male jurists who decide the fate of a young Chezhen lad. Beautifully told and more beautifully film. I found this a fascinating movie to view just for the cinematography alone.

Oct 11, 2011

Beautiful and powerful movie. Make you think...

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Jan 24, 2013
  • GRESHAM_RUSSIAN rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

История о 12 присяжных, обсуждающих, виновен ли 18-летний юноша, обвиняемый в убийстве своего отца. Фильм - размышление о том, что такое свобода. Его главным героем станет чеченский мальчик.


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