Synopsis: A loose remake of 12 Angry Men (1957), set in a Russian school. 12 jurors are struggling to decide the fate of a Chechen teenager who allegedly killed his Russian stepfather who took the teenager to live with him in Moscow during the Chechen War in which teenager lost his parents. The jurors: a racist taxi-driver, a suspicious doctor, a vacillating TV producer, a Holocaust survivor, a flamboyant musician, a cemetery manager, and others represent the fragmented society of modern day Russia. A stray bird (a touch of New Age cinema) is flying above the jurors' heads, alluding to tolerance.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Director(s): Nikita Mikhalkov
Production: Sony Pictures Classics
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 9 wins & 7 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
159 min

"Seek the truth

not in the mundane details of daily life,

but in the essence of life itself."

B. Tosia

"Members of the jury..."

"... for three days..."

"... you have listened carefully to..."

"... gravity of the crime..."

"... the defendant receive"

"the maximum..."

"... prosecution's request that"

"the defendant..."

"You are aware of the..."

"Members of the jury..."

"... stand the gravity..."

"... to the testimony..."

"If you agree with the prosecution..."

"... you must return a"

"verdict of "guilty"..."

"... or not..."

"For 1000 years..."

"... the Russian people gave"

"so much so that..."

"... on these broad expanses"

"different nations were..."

"... united under the banner"

"of this federation..."

"... find reasonable doubt..."

"... criminal code..."

"... must return a verdict..."

"... now deliberate in private..."

"... not limited by time..."

"You are aware of the"

"prosecution's request..."

"... that the defendant receive"

"the maximum penalty allowed..."

"... deliberate and decide..."

"... if the defendant is guilty or not"

"... that the defendant receive"

"the maximum..."

"... penalty allowed by law..."

"... that your decision must be unanimous..."

"... unanimous"

"I do not have words to describe"

"my state of mind..."

"... in these moments..."

"... maximum penalty allowed..."

"... details of the case..."

"If you find reasonable doubt..."

"... the defendant receive"

"the maximum penalty..."

"... you must return"

"a verdict of "not guilty"..."

"I remind you that"

"your decision must be..."

"... you must return a verdict of "guilty"

"... maximum penalty..."

"... where you must decide..."

"... case-related materials..."

"... I repeat:
The jury may request..."

"If you find reasonable doubt..."





Speak Russian!

Speak Russian, Mama!

Speak Russian, Mama!

Speak Russian, Mama!

Court is adjourned until

the jury reaches a verdict.

All rise please.


Hungry, dad?

So far everything's fine. Yes.

Those photographs

I showed the judge, can I take them?

I don't know.

- Do I have to stay here?

- Yes.

- But I told them everything.

- That's how it works.

- OK, gentlemen...

- That's crazy.

Please follow me.

Hurry, please, it's almost recess.

- What recess?

- You'll see.

Please keep up. Follow me.

This way, please. Let's go.

As you see, the work's not finished.

The jury room's not ready, either.

This way...

Remodeling makes it hard to work.

No matter, your case is simple.

You'll be done in 20 minutes.

Now we're in the adjoining school building,

they lend us space.

A school by a courthouse

causes problems.

Imagine the spring, the windows open...

...a ball flies in and hits a witness

on the head

An elderly woman, out cold.

During the school vacation

it was fine...

...we used the classrooms...

Oops, we're too late.

Children! Children!

Oh, Lord. Children.


Children, please.

Now we turn left.

This way, everyone this way.

Some working conditions!

But it's just temporary.

They'll finish and it'll be

pretty as a picture.

One silly formality.

You'll have to give me your phones,

I'm afraid.

I'll keep my SIM, it's important.

Hello, Vasia.

My phone'll be off for 90 minutes.

Tell the boss it's my civic duty.

I'll be right here.

If you need me for any reason...

...there's a communication system.

Here it is.

This is my little "know-how".

That means "invention".

I took it from my son's

model train set.

It really works.

Watch, everyone.

Push the button.

That's awful.

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Nikita Mikhalkov

Nikita Sergeyevich Mikhalkov (Russian: Ники́та Серге́евич Михалко́в; born 21 October 1945) is a Russian filmmaker, actor, and head of the Russian Cinematographers' Union. Three times Laureate of the State Prize of the Russian Federation (1993,1995,1999). Full Cavalier of the Order "For Merit to the Fatherland" Nikita Mikhalkov won the Golden Lion of the Venice Film Festival (1991) and nominated for the Academy Award (1993) in the category "Best Foreign Language Film" for the film "Close to Eden". Winner of the Academy Award (1995) in the category "Best Foreign Language Film" and the Grand Prix of the Cannes Film Festival (1994) for the film "Burnt by the Sun". Mikhalkov received the "Special Lion" of the Venice Film Festival (2007) for his contribution to the cinematography and nominated for the Academy Award (2008) in the category "Best Foreign Language Film" for the film "12". more…

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