Sidney Lumet (born June 25, 1924) is an American film director, with over 50 films to his name, including 12 Angry Men (1957), Serpico (1973), Dog Day Afternoon (1975), Network (1976) and The Verdict (1982), all of which, except for Serpico (1973), earned him Academy Award nominations for Best Director.
According to The Encyclopedia of Hollywood, Lumet is one of the most prolific directors of the modern era making more than one movie per year on average since his directorial debut in 1957. He is especially noted for his ability to draw major actors to his projects. “Because of his visual economy, strong direction of actors, vigorous storytelling and use of the camera to accent themes,” states Turner Classic Movies. “Lumet produced a body of work that could only be defined as extraordinary.”
One of his steady themes during his career has been the “fragility of justice and the police and their corruption,” according to Thomson’s Biographical Dictionary of Film. He can deliver… read more
Uh... What the fuck was that story trying to say? Give me back my 90 minutes, and erase this awful Quincy Jones score, please.
A few words: Lumet. Connery. Walken. Martin Balsam as a gay antiques dealer. Inventive, realistic, paranoid, quirky little gem of a movie that never stops giving. Connery has a ball reminding you of his sheer acting talent. Everything is firing on all fronts, and it really makes for one of the oddest caper films I've ever seen. And did I mention IT HAS CHRISTOPHER WALKEN pre-Annie Hall??
Pretty classy Heist movie from amaster director Sidney Lumet,who always managed to bring out the best in Sean Connery
No one does New York crime films like director Sidney Lumet, as clearly illustrated in this brilliantly-crafted heist film. Top-notch performances from an all-star cast, a sharp, original script, an unusual score by Quincy Jones, and precision filmmaking by Lumet make this one of the absolute best of its genre. A true classic that deserves to be better known.