12 Angry Men (1957)

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In the definitive version of Reginald Rose's timeless script, an all-white jury decides the fate of a youth accused of murder. This tightly constructed searing exposé of prejudice in the American legal system stars Henry Fonda and a pantheon of great character actors.


  • Martin Balsam
  • John Fiedler
  • Lee J. Cobb
  • E.G. Marshall
  • Jack Klugman
  • Edward Binns
  • Jack Warden
  • Henry Fonda
  • Joseph Sweeney
  • Ed Begley

Did You Know?


  • All but three minutes of the film was shot inside the bare and confining, 16'x24' "jury room".
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  • When Juror #8 is imitating the old man going to the door, as he is completing the first leg of his walk the shadow of the camera following him is clearly visible on the floor by his feet.
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    • [when Juror #8 asks him to "suppose" the defendant's innocence]
    • Juror #6: Well, I'm not used to supposin'. I'm just a workin' man. My boss does all the supposin', but I'll try one. Supposin' you talk us all out of this, and, uh, the kid really did knife his father?
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The movie plays like a textbook for directors interested in how lens choices affect mood.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

What's most interesting about the intense deliberations that ensue, specifically when a piece of seemingly indisputable evidence is brought back into question, is how a fresh angle and perspective, usually born from Juror 8's critical thinking, can permanently alter the tone of the discussion.

Metacritic review by Glenn Heath Jr.
Glenn Heath Jr.
Slant Magazine

The stakes of those deliberations are so high, the personalities of the jurors so forceful, and the arguments so pregnant with importance that there is no instance in which boredom threatens.

Metacritic review by James Berardinelli
James Berardinelli