Oscar Nominee

Genre:  Drama, Thriller
Running Time:  159 min.
Release Date: March 20, 2009 (limited)
DVD: July 14, 2009

Current rating: Rating: 2.80
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Cast: Sergei Makovetsky, Sergei Garmash, Aleksei Petrenko, Yuri Stoyanov, Sergei Gazarov, Nikita Mikhalkov, Mikhail Yefremov, Valentin Gaft, Aleksei Gorbunov


A loose remake of 12 Angry Men (1957), set in a Russian school in the war-torn republic of Chechnya. Twelve jurors are struggling to decide the fate of a Chechen teenager who allegedly killed his Russian stepfather. 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. Amidst the battle between Chechens and Russians outside, a stray bird is flying above the jurors' heads, alluding to tolerance.

Director: Nikita Mikhalkov
Studio: Mongrel Media
Screenplay: Nikita Mikhalkov, Vladimir Moiseyenko, Aleksandr Novototsky
Official Site: www.12-movie.com

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