12 Angry Men

Synopsis

Twelve men deliberate to determine the fate of a youth accused of killing his father, with tensions rising as they struggle to agree on the evidence presented and voiced doubts by some of the jurors.

EJO's Role

Edward James Olmos plays a member of the jury, an unnamed watchmaker who's an immigrant from Europe.

The Numbers

"12 Angry Men" originally aired in 1997 on Showtime.

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Trivia

Did you know that two-time Oscar-nominee Mary McDonnell, who starred with Edward James Olmos in the reboot of "Battlestar Galactica" is also in "12 Angry Men"? She plays the judge, who is only seen in the opening segment of the film.

Awards
  • 1998 ALMA Awards: Edward James Olmos won for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Made-for-Television Movie or Mini-Series in a Crossover Role
  • 1998 Emmy Awards: Two wins (Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie, George C. Scott; and Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Drama Miniseries or a Movie) and four nominations (Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries or a Movie, William Friedkin; Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie, Jack Lemmon; Outstanding Made for Television Movie; and Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie, Hume Cronyn)
  • 1998 Golden Globes: One win (Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV, George C. Scott) and two nominations (Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV; and Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV, Jack Lemmon)
  • 1998 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Two nominations (Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries, Jack Lemmon and George C. Scott)
  • 1998 Directors Guild of America: One nomination (Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Specials, William Friedkin)
  • 1998 Casting Society of America: Nominated for Best Casting for TV Movie of the Week
  • 1997 CableACE Awards: Nominated for Editing a Dramatic Special or Series/Movie or Miniseries

Reviews

My Take

I've seen all major (TV/movie) versions of "12 Angry Men" and this is another excellent one. It's a look at humanity under the microscope and under the pressure of deciding another man's fate. It's not a movie that's always easy to watch. The tension is continually racheted higher with only momentary reprieves along the way.

Edward James Olmos is a notable, steady presence amongst screen greats George C. Scott and Jack Lemmon, who spend much of the film in a verbal and intellectual fencing match. And I particularly like Armin Mueller-Stahl in this movie.

But what reaches out most is Olmos' juror's demand near the end for justice, calling Tony Danza's juror to task for being more worried about making it to a ballgame than what becomes of a man's life.

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