Sidney Lumet Quotes

Who is Sidney Lumet?

Director Sidney Lumet made several classic movies including 12 Angry Men, Network, Dog Day Afternoon and Serpico both starring Al Pacino and Murder on the Orient Express based on the novel by Agatha Christie. His final movie was Before the Devil Knows You're Dead starring the great and late Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Born June 25, 1924
Died April 09, 2011

Books by Sidney Lumet


Best 9 Quotes by Sidney Lumet

“All great work is preparing yourself for the accident to happen.”

Sidney Lumet

“Don't let the difficulty of actually achieving a shot make you think that the shot is good.”

Sidney Lumet

“For any director with a little lucidity, masterpieces are films that come to you by accident.”

Sidney Lumet

“There's no such thing as a small part. There are just small actors.”

Sidney Lumet

Making Movies Quotes

“All good work requires self-revelation.”

Sidney Lumet
Making Movies

“Everything becomes creative if the person doing the job is.”

Sidney Lumet
Making Movies

“Good style, to me, is unseen style.”

Sidney Lumet
Making Movies

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“In drama, the characters should determine the story. In melodrama, the story determines the characters.”

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Making Movies

“The word ‘actress' or ‘authoress' always struck me as condescending. A doctor's a doctor, right? So I've always referred to ‘actors' and ‘writers,' regardless of their sex.”

Sidney Lumet
Making Movies

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