Intolerable Film Series: 12 Angry Men

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Sidney Lumet’s debut film does the impossible, making 12 men arguing in a room feel thrilling, dangerous and electric. What seems like an open and shut case - a poor Hispanic boy has been accused of killing his father, and the evidence seemed weighted against him - begins to crumble as the jurors are forced to confront their own prejudices and skewed perspectives. One man, cinema’s great American conscience, Henry Fonda, slowly works on his fellow jurors to make them understand just what ‘reasonable doubt’ means.

Operating from a tense and immediate screenplay by Reginald Rose - none of the characters even have names, but all have fully realized and clashing personalities - 12 ANGRY MEN is a livewire of crackling dialogue, extraordinary performances and serious, thoughtful examinations of philosophical concepts of justice, decency and American values. It’s not just one of the great films of the 1950s, it’s one of the great films, and it’ll have you on the edge of your seat, brought there only by 12 guys arguing over the fate of one young man - a fate they hold in their hands.

This screening is part of the INTOLERABLE film series. 100% of net ticket sales from the series will benefit the Southern Poverty Law Center. The SPLC is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy, the SPLC works toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality.
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