A Film For When...You Can't Cool Down


It’s been a minute since we suggested some films based on the mood you’re in. One of our summer interns, Kristin Guy, thought on what to watch for when there is no evading the seemingly ever present summer heat or your flaring temper. Check out the perfect film for when cooling down is not an option, and you simply need to get through the sweltering heat.

Twelve Angry Men

This 1957 classic, black and white film asks and answers where you don’t want to be on the hottest day of the year with NO air conditioning. The where and what is a jury deliberation room. Twelve, irritated, sweaty men are stuck in oppressive heat until they can agree on the case of an 18-year-old boy who has been accused of murdering his father. The only thing that stands between him and a jail cell for life is Juror Eight, who makes it his mission to convince the other jurors to put away their personal prejudices and sensibilities magnified by the heat. Instead, they are to utilize solid facts to determine the boy’s fate. Though the film is now 60 years old, the timeless plot and its messages still resonate today.

Why Do We Recommend It?  
There’s lesson in here about learning how to beat the heat and to reign in your flaring temper. In the midst of all the controversy in Twelve Angry Men, Jewish director Sidney Lumet harnesses this heat to convey serious tensions arising that threaten a boy’s life as well as the fundamentals of justice. As critic William Thomas said in his review, “Sidney Lumet's dazzling debut, based on Reginald Rose's teleplay, delivers a masterclass in the pure dynamism of acting, as Henry Fonda's reasonable doubt gradually sways the 11 other jurors from their various prejudices. “

Getting through the end of summer seems more bearable watching cooler heads prevail with this Jewish dominated cast featuring Martin Balsam, Lee J. Cobb, and Jack Klugman.

Watch the film with: A glass of ice-tea or ice-cold lemonade. If you can’t get to either while watching this movie, we recommend a tall drink of water to stay hydrated, in glass or human form, as described by one blogger.

In addition to being a talented writer, Kristin Guy is a student at University of Georgia and an AJFF intern; and you could be too. Interested? Let us know.