When a Russian youth is put on trial for the murder of his adoptive father, it’s up to a room full of jurors divided by racism and prejudice to determine the boy’s ultimate fate in director Nikita Mikhalkov’s loose remake of Reginald Rose’s 12 Angry Men. At the center of the storm is a broodingly silent foreman (Mikhalkov). As the deliberation grows increasingly tense, a racist Russian cabbie (Sergei Garmash) attempts to sway the vote of a well-dressed television producer (Yuri Stoyanov) by staging a vivid recreation of a gruesome murder scene; an elderly Jewish man (Valentin Gaft) recovers the nightmares of the Holocaust; and a Caucasus surgeon (Sergei Gazarov) is pushed over the edge by a hateful rant about the brutishness of Chechens. Later, after one soft-spoken juror (Sergei Makovetsky) wins the jury over with a heartfelt monologue about intemperance and redemption, the volatile group struggles to settle on a final verdict. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide
Mikhalkov was awarded the Special Lion at the 64th Venice International Film Festival for his work on the film, which also received an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film.
Release date: Sep 20, 2007 (Russia)
Director: Nikita Mikhalkov
Estimated budget: $4 million USD
Story by: Reginald Rose
Music by: Eduard Artemyev
Awards: Nika Award for Best Music Score and Nika Award for Best Actor
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