The Bleaklisted Movies: 12 Angry Men

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About The Bleaklisted Movies

The Bleaklisted MoviesMany moons ago a despotic cat named Charlie decided that he wanted to be a book critic. It would fit so nicely with his existing roles as food critic, dog critic and owner critic. Thus The Bleaklisted Books was born.

After fifty books Charlie ran out of the limited ideas and inspiration he had and turned his attention to the world of films. We apologise but this dictatorial little beast will not be contained.

Read at your risk… (And beware… SPOILERS!)

12 Angry Men (1957)

What happens?

12 jurors debate a murder trial. 11 think guilty. 1 thinks not guilty. They chat. They get angry. They decide not guilty.

Reason for bleaklisting?

I just don’t think they were angry enough.

What should have happened?12 Angry Men

12 jurors are called to debate the case of a woman who has strangled her husband with a McDonalds wrapper. All the jurors have the same name except no.8 who is called Nigel. This leads to bitterness and discontent before the case is even debated. Nigel thinks the verdict should be guilty but the other jurors are going for not guilty. They agree to change their verdict but only if Nigel will change his name to theirs by weed pool. Nigel agrees and they condemn the woman to a 20-year sentence working the tills at her nearest McDonalds restaurant.

Working title?

12 Angry Kens.

Tagline?

When 12 Kens go to war.

Who should direct?

Ben Stiller.

Who should star?

Adam Sandler, Robert DeNiro and Anne Hathaway.

Mr B compares the stories

Change your name by “weed pool”? I think Charlie means deed poll. Confusion aside, Sidney Lumet’s classic drama from 1957 has Henry Fonda as Juror no.8, the only one of the 12 who wants to discuss the court case whereas the others are all set on a guilty verdict. Suffice to say, there are a lot of disagreements before the end. While Charlie’s alternative tries to follow the original it only succeeds in amounting to a very weak premise for a comedy and would likely tarnish Adam Sandler’s reputation even further than Jack and Jill did.

 

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Dave Brown

I was born in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, England and have always been a bookworm and enjoyed creative writing at school. In 1999 I created the Elencheran Chronicles and have been writing ever since. My first novel, Fezariu's Epiphany, was published in May 2011. When not writing I'm a lover of films, games, books and blogging. I live in Barnsley, with my wife, Donna, and our six cats - Kain, Razz, Buggles, Charlie, Bilbo and Frodo.
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