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Rated PG-13 · 159 minutes · 2009

Drama, Suspense/Thriller
Filmmaker Nikita Mikhalkov (Burnt by the Sun) decided to remake Sidney Lumet’s social drama 12 Angry Men and recast it as the story of a Russian jury deciding the guilt of a young Chechen man charged with murdering his Russian army officer stepfather. Nice try. Mikhalkov, who takes the linchpin role of the jury foreman, adds his own comic personality touches plus a little anti-Chechen and anti-Semitic racism to the screenplay he adapted with Vladimir Moiseyenko and Aleksandr Nonototsky, but the cutaways and flashbacks end up defusing the nervousness of the situation. Finally, we begin to wonder why he remade the Lumet film in the first place. Costarring Sergei Makovetsky and Aleksei Petrenko (159 min.).
Director: Nikita Mikhalkov
Writer: Nikita Mikhalkov and Vladimir Moiseyenko
Cast: Sergei Makovetsky, Sergei Garmash, Aleksei Petrenko, Yuri Stoyanov, Sergei Gazarov, Mikita Mikhalkov, Valentin Graft, Mikhail Efremov, Alexander Adabashian and Victor Verzhbitsky



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