12 Angry Men (1957)


12 Angry Men
 is the most probing, incisive, and penetrating look into the hearts and minds of a jury that has ever been filmed.

Sidney Lumet made his film directing debut with this sensitive and absorbing 1957 classic, shot in just 20 days.

A young Puerto Rican slum kid is on trial for murdering his father. If he is found guilty he will be sentenced to death.

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Eleven of the white male jurors are ready to pronounce him guilty. Only one of the jurors - juror number eight  (Henry Fonda) - stands against a rush to judgment.

What initially appears to be a relatively clear-cut case of premeditated murder slowly becomes more complicated, and the discussion turns into a heated deliberation over the absolute certainty that the defendant is guilty.

12angrymen_02Fonda gave one of the most forceful performances of his distinguished career as the open-minded juror whose logical reasoning changes the verdict.

Lee J. Cobb, Ed Begley, E.G. Marshall, Martin Balsam, Jack Klugman, and Jack Warden are just a few of the jurors whose lives, prejudices, strengths, and weaknesses are revealed in the confines of the locked jury room - the setting for almost the entire film.

It's not as claustrophobic as it sounds; this movie has such powerful and perceptive acting, writing, direction and camera work, it will keep you as spellbound as the defendant on trial.

12angrymen_005Juror #8
Henry Fonda
Juror #3
Lee J Cobb
Juror #10
Ed Begley
Juror #4
E G Marshall
Juror #7
Jack Warden
Juror #1
Martin Balsam
Juror #2
John Fiedler
Juror #5
Jack Klugman
Juror #6
Edward Binns
Juror #9
Joseph Sweeney
Juror #11
George Voskovec
Juror #12
Robert Webber
Judge
Rudy Bond
Guard
James A Kelly
Court clerk
Bill Nelson
Defendant
John Savoca

Director
Sidney Lumet