Re-watch and re-rate (from 4 to 5): Probably one of the best one single set movies of all times. Lumet once again use the precise notion of time and framing to elabore a very difficult atmosphere. The ritme of this film is unsoptable until the end, like the sense of justice in the end (after a storm comes the joy, like we said and like in this plot)
One of the tightest court room plays adapted on the screen. Powerful acting triggered by dialogue that is interesting throughout the picture. I also like the fact that since we didn't get to see the actual trail we don't real know if the jurors did hear and see the things they did or if it is all in their heads. Powerful film.
While I think the film has some clumsy and preachy, on-the-nose moments, there's a lot more to it that makes it an undeniable classic. First of all, it's a prime candidate for the best ensemble performance in film history. Secondly, it holds up remarkably well to repeat viewings: not only does it lose none of the tension, each viewing reveals a new layer to the direction and the writing and the characters.
what we say not always go together with the truth. as a matter of fact even more rarely we even give a thorough considerations and thinking on the very nature of the truth. wonderful movie not only story-wise but also in terms of acting & camera work. one of those works that manages to engage one's mind in seeing things from much broader perspectives &leaves a significant mark in the whole movie-watching experience.
4.5 stars. Just as Atticus Finch in 'To Kill a Mockingbird' is an inspiration to defence lawyers, Juror 8 should be an inspiration for anyone who serves upon a jury. It is a tribute to the searing integrity of the film (not to mention its dramatic intensity!) that I watched it a decade-and-a-half ago and can still remember scenes and moments from it vividly. Classic Hollywood cinema at its most necessary.
A flawless masterpiece - absolute perfection for the "type of film" it's striving to be. Yet another example for how great Lumet was as a filmmaker. You could actually make a hell of a argument for why this film deserves to make the list for the top 25 greatest directorial debuts ever in cinema... and thats not a exaggeration.
Un autentico capolavoro dialogico fatto e compiuto. La trasformazione di una piccola pulce nell'orecchio da ragionevole dubbio a dichiarazione di sicura innocenza, forse. La regia calza a pennello con le esigenze narrative e la sceneggiature è precisissima, non un parola risulta superflua. Lumet ancora una volta colpevole di aver insegnato cinema.