movieDate: september 13, 1971


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.

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at theaters: april 13, 1957


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

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