12 Angry Men


(out of 5)

Scintillating drama that takes place in one confined room, where twelve jurors are locked up in seclusion to decide the fate of a young inner-city defendant in a murder case. Most of them are ready to let the kid hang, but one () decides that he sees the possibility for doubt. The screenplay fleshes out all twelve fascinating characters as they trot out their problems with the world and themselves, until it’s impossible to tell if they really do believe in the defendant’s guilt or are just dealing with the disappointments with their lives. stands out as the most vocal of Fonda’s opponents in this exemplary motion picture that is, despite many erroneous details about legal process, still shown in law classes today (a juror doing his own investigating would result in a mistrial).

Orion-Nova Productions

USA, 1957

Directed by

Screenplay by

Cinematography by

Produced by , Reginald Rose

Music by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 1957

Golden Globe Awards 1957

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