Tag Archives: Sidney Lumet

12 Angry Men: Choosing Life or Death

LIFE IS IN THEIR HANDS – DEATH IS ON THEIR MINDS! The most famous episode of the CBS anthology series Studio One (1947-1958) is from 1954 and features a teleplay by Reginald Rose. Depicting a process where one juror convinces eleven other men to change their guilty verdict, the episode was a hit and a decision … Continue reading 12 Angry Men: Choosing Life or Death

Network: No Limits

NOT SINCE THE DAWN OF TIME HAS AMERICA EXPERIENCED A MAN LIKE HOWARD BEALE! On July 15, 1974 Florida TV news reporter Christine Chubbuck opened her program by covering three national news stories and then turned to a local shooting at a restaurant. After the segment, she told viewers that she intended to bring them … Continue reading Network: No Limits

The Verdict: Taking a Chance on Frank Galvin

FRANK GALVIN HAS ONE LAST CHANCE TO DO SOMETHING RIGHT.  Paul Newman had six Oscar nominations behind him when he was once again nominated in 1983, this time for his performance as an ambulance-chasing lawyer in The Verdict. He didn’t win the Oscar this time either, but it is one of his finest efforts. He … Continue reading The Verdict: Taking a Chance on Frank Galvin

Fail-Safe: Be Very Afraid

IT WILL HAVE YOU SITTING ON THE BRINK OF ETERNITY! 1964 was indeed the year of the Bomb. Stanley Kubrick’s absurd Cold War comedy Dr. Strangelove, which was based on a novel by Peter George, was first released. When George found out about Eugene Burdick and Harvey Wheeler’s novel “Fail-Safe” and its very similar theme, … Continue reading Fail-Safe: Be Very Afraid

Serpico: Fighting the Man

MANY OF HIS FELLOW OFFICERS CONSIDERED HIM THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN ALIVE – AN HONEST COP. One of director Sidney Lumet’s best movies has topics he would return to more than once in his career. There’s the truth-teller played by Al Pacino who would reappear in the guises of Peter Finch in Network (1976) and … Continue reading Serpico: Fighting the Man

Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead

GREED. BETRAYAL. REVENGE. FAMILIES CAN BE MURDER. Andy Hanson (Philip Seymour Hoffman) talks his younger brother (Ethan Hawke) into robbing their parents’ jewelry store; they’re both in dire need of money, but the heist goes awry. Director Sidney Lumet may be in his 80s, but that won’t slow him down; in this dark thriller about … Continue reading Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead

The Manchurian Candidate

THIS SUMMER EVERYTHING IS UNDER CONTROL. We had a right to expect something good when a director of Jonathan Demme’s caliber decided to remake John Frankenheimer’s great political thriller from 1962. The war in Korea has been cleverly updated to the Gulf War, but the main story of the original is intact and still relevant … Continue reading The Manchurian Candidate