12 (2009)

12 is a 2007 film by Russian director and actor Nikita Mikhalkov. The film was presented at the Venice Film Festival, where Mikhalkov was awarded the Special Lion for Overall Work. It is an adaptation of Reginald Rose’s play, Twelve Angry Men and a remake of Sidney Lumet’s 12 Angry Men movie.

Plot: The jury decides whether a young Chechen boy is guilty in the murder of his stepfather, a Russian military officer. Initially it seems that the boy was the murderer. However, one of the jurors (Sergei Makovetsky) votes in favour of acquittal. Since the verdict must be rendered unanimously, the jurors review the case, and one by one come to the conclusion that the boy was framed. The murder was performed by criminals involved in construction business. The discussion is repeatedly interrupted by flashbacks from the boy’s wartime childhood.
In the end the foreman (Mikhalkov himself) states that he was sure the boy did not commit the crime but he will not vote in favour of acquittal since the acquitted boy will be subsequently killed by the same criminals. In addition, the foreman reveals that he is a former intelligence agency officer. After a brief argument, the foreman agrees to join the majority. Later the foreman tells the boy that he will find the murderers.

* Sergei Makovetsky – 1st Juror
* Nikita Mikhalkov – 2nd Juror
* Sergei Garmash – 3rd Juror
* Valentin Gaft – 4th Juror
* Alexei Petrenko – 5th Juror
* Yuri Stoyanov – 6th Juror
* Sergei Gazarov – 7th Juror
* Mikhail Efremov – 8th Juror
* Alexei Gorbunov – 9th Juror
* Sergei Artsybashev – 10th Juror
* Viktor Verzhbitsky – 11th Juror
* Roman Madyanov – 12th Juror
* Alexander Adabashyan – Bailiff
* Apti Magamayev – Chechen boy

Watch 12 (2009) Trailer