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Genre: Foreign Films
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Theatrical Release: 2007
Rated: PG-13 (MPAA)
Length: 160 mins
Studio: Sony Pictures Home
Format: DVD
Language: English

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Synopsis:
When a Chechen youth is put on trial for the murder of his stepfather, it's up to a room full of jurors divided by racism and prejudice to determine the boy's ultimate fate. One by one, each man takes center stage to confront, connect and confess while the accused awaits a verdict. Slowly the tide of opinion turns, as the jurors begin to realize their decision will forever change the course of another person's life. As they deliberate, the accused revisits his heartbreaking journey through war in a series of powerful flashbacks. Director Nikita Mikhalkov's Oscar®-nominated remake of 12 Angry Men is a brilliant look at fear, trust and the triumph of human nature.

Synopsis

Nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, acclaimed director Nikita Mikhalkov?s 12 is an ambitious and enthralling dissection of the many personal and social quandaries facing modern-day Russia. Inspired by Sidney Lumet's 1957 classic, 12 ANGRY MEN, 12 opens with the closing arguments in the case of a Chechen teenager accused of murdering his adoptive Russian father. With the courthouse under construction, the 12 male jurors adjourn to a dilapidated school gym in order to deliberate the verdict. Certain of the teen?s guilt and eager to go back to their lives, the men launch a brief deliberation that leads to a unanimous show of hands. But when a soft-spoken Muscovite questions the haste of their judgment, the complexities of the case soon reveal themselves. So, too, do the complexities of each juror, from an anti-Semitic cab driver to a slick TV producer to a portly surgeon sympathetic to the teen?s war-torn upbringing. As day turns to night, the jurors find their once-certain conclusions turning the other way. But when the jury foreman (Mikhalkov) explains the potential consequences of their new consensus, the 12 must decide if the right verdict could be its own death sentence for the teen. Having won a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar for BURNT BY THE SUN, Mikhalkov once again displays his mastery of drama and humor in a style that is theatrically, uniquely Russian. Dramatically charged and brilliantly acted, 12 is as much a statement about the importance of justice as it is a loving meditation on a country and a people still struggling to find their way forward.

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Extra Info   
Rating Reason   for violent images, disturbing content, thematic material, brief sexual and drug references, and smoking
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cast & Crew
Sergey Makovetsky - Actor
Sergey Garmash - Actor
Alexy Petrenko - Actor
Valentin Graft - Actor
Mikhail Efremov - Actor
Sergey Gazarov - Actor
Alexander Adabashian - Actor
Victor Verzhbitsky - Actor, NIGHTWATCH (2005)
Alexey Gorbunov - Actor
Roman Madianov - Actor
Sergey Artsibashev - Actor
Alexander Novototsky - Screenwriter, THE RETURN (2004)
Vladimir Moiseenko - Screenwriter, THE RETURN (2004)
Leonid Vereschagin - Producer
Vladislav Opeliants - Director of photography