lee j cobb

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“As he pulls out his wallet to show them “facts”, out flies a picture of him with his son. He threatens everyone that he will not be intimidated. He glances at the picture, painfully rages at his own family’s relationships and his own sense of guilt, and tears the photograph to shreds. Broken and contrite, Juror # 3 sobs into his contorted fist: “Not guilty. Not guilty.”

12 Angry Men (1957) dir. Sidney Lumet

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Some people think the Crucifixion only took place on Calvary. They better wise up! Taking Joey Doyle’s life to stop him from testifying is a crucifixion….And every time the Mob puts the pressure on a good man, tries to stop him from doing his duty as a citizen, it’s a crucifixion. And anybody who sits around and lets it happen, keeps silent about something he knows that happened, shares the guilt of it just as much as the Roman soldier who pierced the flesh of our Lord to see if he was dead. 

On the Waterfront (1954), directed by Elia Kazan.

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“Call Northside 777” (1948)

James Stewart plays against type as a tough, jaded newspaper reporter.  He was a surprise pick for a fim noir role as he was just finished with “It’s a Wonderful Life”. Stewart proves he can play the tough guy and the movie is  more than worth a look.