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What's your favorite film by Sidney Lumet?

12 Angry Men
22 (44%)
The Fugitive Kind
0 (0%)
Long Day's Journey Into Night
1 (2%)
The Pawnbroker
1 (2%)
Fail-Safe
0 (0%)
The Hill
0 (0%)
The Group
0 (0%)
The Deadly Affair
0 (0%)
The Anderson Tapes
1 (2%)
The Offence
0 (0%)
Serpico
1 (2%)
Murder on the Orient Express
1 (2%)
Dog Day Afternoon
8 (16%)
Network
8 (16%)
Equus
0 (0%)
The Wiz
0 (0%)
Prince of the City
0 (0%)
Deathtrap
0 (0%)
The Verdict
4 (8%)
Daniel
0 (0%)
Garbo Talks
0 (0%)
Power
0 (0%)
The Morning After
0 (0%)
Running on Empty
0 (0%)
Family Business
0 (0%)
Q & A
0 (0%)
A Stranger Among Us
0 (0%)
Guilty as Sin
0 (0%)
Night Falls on Manhattan
0 (0%)
Critical Care
0 (0%)
Gloria
0 (0%)
Find Me Guilty
0 (0%)
Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
2 (4%)
haven't seen any
0 (0%)
don't like any
1 (2%)

Total Members Voted: 49

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Re: Lumet, Sidney - Director's Best
« Reply #20 on: April 09, 2011, 11:07:04 PM »
Vishnevetsky and Tobias both gave it to Find Me Guilty on twitter.

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Re: Lumet, Sidney - Director's Best
« Reply #21 on: April 10, 2011, 10:17:51 AM »
12 Angry Men. Such a sad loss.

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Re: Lumet, Sidney - Director's Best
« Reply #22 on: March 25, 2012, 06:48:48 PM »

12 Angry Men Sidney Lumet, 1957

Probably one of the most shameful ones I haven't seen. One of the great liberal classics. One of the foundational texts! Okay. The titular angry men are stuck in a single room throughout the majority of the film. It's the hottest day of the summer (just like Do the Right Thing, a much more florid take on something like this - bunch of different viewpoints and people get their chance to speak and say their piece and we decide what's correct) and these guys are all stuck in a single room together. It's a murder trial and it seems like an open and shut case, but Fonda's got something to say by golly. So then begins the proceedings. Fonda has the rest of the film to instill some doubt into the other jurors and make sure that this kid is given a chance. It plays out more or less the way you think it will. Lumet does his best to make things lively and interesting thru his staging and blocking and stuff and it mostly works; it's still play-like, but if it's a good play what does it matter. Since you know more or less the way the film will play out, it kinda makes it rote and boring; the film's most overt, obvious moment is when all the jurors turn their back on the racist ramblings of one of the men. It's a good film, a nice film, so I can see how everyone has agreed that it's a classic, but I dunno it's just not something to get too excited about.
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Re: Lumet, Sidney - Director's Best
« Reply #23 on: March 25, 2012, 06:51:15 PM »
Yeah, that's about how I feel.  It's fine.  Nothing to really complain about, but nothing to get all excited about either.
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Re: Lumet, Sidney - Director's Best
« Reply #24 on: September 02, 2013, 02:38:23 PM »
12 Angry Men
Network
Fail-Safe
Dog Day Afternoon
The Verdict

Serpico
Before the Devil Knows You're Dead

Family Business
Murder on the Orient Express



Fail-Safe and Network were very close for the second spot. The former is a hidden and overlooked gem in a career filled with them... except for the last two on my list. From what I've seen he's at his strongest when taking on social and/or political topics more head on as opposed the more character or familial oriented stuff.
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Re: Lumet, Sidney - Director's Best
« Reply #25 on: September 02, 2013, 02:49:01 PM »
1. Network
2. The Verdict
3. Prince of the City
4. Dog Day Afternoon
5. 12 Angry Men
6. The Offence
7. Fail-Safe
8. Equus
9. Q & A
10. Long Day's Journey Into Night
11. Before The Devil Knows You're Dead
12. Running On Empty
13. The Pawnbroker
14. The Deadly Affair
15. Serpico
16. The Morning After
17. Murder on the Orient Express
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Re: Lumet, Sidney - Director's Best
« Reply #26 on: August 27, 2014, 08:18:08 PM »
1. 12 Angry Men (1957)

Long Day's Journey Into Night (1962)
Serpico (1973)
Network (1976)
Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007)

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Re: Lumet, Sidney - Director's Best
« Reply #27 on: August 27, 2014, 08:52:50 PM »
Sounds about right.

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Lumet, Sidney
« Reply #28 on: October 04, 2014, 09:02:42 AM »
1. 12 Angry Men
2. Dog Day Afternoon

3. Fail-Safe
4. Deathtrap
5. Network

6. Equus
7. Serpico
8. Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
9. Prince of the City
10. The Offence
11. Murder on the Orient Express
12. Night Falls on Manhattan
13. The Hill
14. Running on Empty
15. Find Me Guilty

16. The Wiz
17. The Verdict
18. The Anderson Tapes
19. The Pawnbroker
20. Family Business
2. Power

22. The Morning After
23. Q & A
24. Guilty as Sin
« Last Edit: June 28, 2018, 10:14:44 AM by 1SO »
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Re: Lumet, Sidney - Director's Best
« Reply #29 on: October 04, 2014, 10:16:24 AM »
Some of the best movies ever:
1. Dog Day Afternoon
2. Network
3. Fail Safe

Excellent:
4. Deathtrap
5. 12 Angry Men
6. Serpico

Good:
7. The Verdict
8. Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
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