ON THIS DAY in 1971, police and the National Guard stormed Attica Prison in New York, in an attempt to end a revolt by prisoners. This incident was referenced in the 1975 Sidney Lumet film, DOG DAY AFTERNOON, starring Al Pacino.
Opened in movie theaters 56 years ago today:
12 ANGRY MEN (Henry Fonda, E.G. Marshall, Jack Warden, Jack Klugman; directed by Sidney Lumet)
Review: “It makes for taut, absorbing, and compelling drama that reaches far beyond the close confines of its jury room setting.” —The New York Times, 1957
Quote: “He’s got to burn! He’s slipping through our fingers!!” —Juror #3 (Lee J. Cobb), impatient for a guilty verdict
Trivia: Speaking at a screening of the film during the 2010 Fordham University Law School Film festival, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor stated that seeing 12 Angry Men while she was in college influenced her decision to pursue a career in law. (source: wikipedia)
Recognition: Oscar nominations for Best Director, Picture, and Adapted Screenplay
ON THIS DAY in 1932, the 20-month-old son of aviator Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh was abducted from their East Amwell, New Jersey home. This kidnapping inspired the opening sequence of the 1974 Sidney Lumet film, MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS.