Tag Archives: Sidney Lumet

Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead – 2007 – Sidney Lumet

Families can save you or break you. Lumet’s classic (in every sense of the word) about two dysfunctional brothers, played brilliantly by Philip Seymour Hoffman and Ethan Hawke, who go to extraordinary and violent lengths to rescue their sorry-ass lives by robbing from their parents. A Shakespearean masterpiece. JJ

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12 Angry Men – 1957 – Sidney Lumet

75m1.jpg This outstanding film takes place in a cramped jury room as the twelve men in the title deliberate the verdict of a murder case. The one dissenter, played by Henry Fonda, tackles eleven jurors, eager to return a guilty verdict. A master class in acting

Network – 1976 – Sidney Lumet

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Were Network to be made in this century the script would be substantially dumbed down; as it is it’s remarkable for the power of its language. Network portrays the cutthroat world of network television in the 70s where presenters and producers stab and screw each other in equal measure. Mad!