12 (2007 Film)
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12 2007 Film
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Directed byNikita Mikhalkov
Produced byNikita Mikhalkov
Leonid Vereschtchaguine
Screenplay byNikita Mikhalkov
Alexander Novototsky-Vlasov
Vladimir Moiseenko
Based on12 Angry Men
by Reginald Rose
Twelve Angry Men
by Reginald Rose
Twelve Angry Men
by Reginald Rose
StarringSergei Makovetsky
Nikita Mikhalkov
Sergei Garmash
Valentin Gaft
Alexei Petrenko
Yuri Stoyanov
Music byEduard Artemyev
CinematographyVladislav Opelyants
Edited byEnzo Meniconi
Andrei Zaytsev
Distributed byTriTe
Release date
  • 7 September 2007 (2007-09-07) (Venice)
  • 20 September 2007 (2007-09-20)
Running time
159 minutes
LanguageRussian, Chechen
Budget$2.5 million
Box office$7.5 million

12 is a 2007 crime film by Russian director, screenwriter, producer and actor Nikita Mikhalkov. The film is a Russian-language remake of Sidney Lumet's 1957 film 12 Angry Men, which in turn was based on Reginald Rose's 1955 stage play, Twelve Angry Men, itself based on Rose's 1954 teleplay of the latter's same name.

Mikhalkov was awarded the Special Lion at the 64th Venice International Film Festival for his work on the film, which also received an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film.[1]


The jury decides whether a young Chechen boy is guilty of 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 the construction business. The discussion is repeatedly interrupted by flashbacks from the boy's wartime childhood.

In the end the foreman 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.



The movie received mixed critical opinion in Russia and abroad. The Venice Film Festival jury defined the movie as "confirmation of his [Mikhalkov's] mastery in exploring and revealing to us, with great humanity and emotion, the complexity of existence".[1] Russian president Vladimir Putin together with the film crew, Chechnya's president Ramzan Kadyrov and Ingushetia's president Murat Zyazikov watched the film in Putin's residence in Novo-Ogarevo. After the screening Putin remarked that the film "brought a tear to the eye".[2]

On the other hand, opposition journalist Zoya Svetova labeled the film as pro-Putin, pointing out that the head juror is a secret service officer,[3] while a juror, supposedly representing a Russian liberal, resembles Russian opposition politician Valeriya Novodvorskaya. Another juror (a television producer), is seen as a caricature of Russian producer Dmitry Lesnevsky.[3]


On 8 September 2007, the film received a special Golden Lion for the "consistent brilliance" of its work and was praised by many critics at the 64th Venice International Film Festival. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Official Awards at the 64th Venice Film Festival". www.labiennale.org. Archived from the original on 2008-04-17. Retrieved .
  2. ^ Isayev, Ruslan (2007-11-06). "Mikhalkov's film "12" screened in Moscow and Chechnya". Prague Watchdog. Retrieved .
  3. ^ a b Svetova, Zoya (2007-10-19). "12 as Putin's apology" (in Russian). EJ.ru. Retrieved .
  4. ^ "80th Academy Awards Nominations Announced" (Press release). Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 2008-01-22. Archived from the original on 27 January 2008. Retrieved .

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