12 Angry Men


Review: A Puerto Rican teenager is on trial for murder, accused of knifing his father to death. Eleven out of the twelve jurors are convinced that the defendant is guilty of murder. The twelfth juror has no doubt of his innocence. The question is how can this one man steer the others towards the same conclusion?
Director: Sidney Lumet
Actors: Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, Martin Balsam, John Fiedler, E.G. Marshall, Jack Klugman, Edward Binns, Ed Begley, Jack Warden, George Voskovec and Robert Webber
Year: 1957
Genre: Classics, Crime and Drama
Conclusion: 5/5
Based on a television play by Reginald Rose. Although acclaimed as an instant classic, on release this film made no money and Fonda wasn’t able to pay himself his deferred acting fee. Apparently before filming the director Sidney Lumet had the actors all stay in the same room for several hours on end and do their lines over and over without filming them. This was so that the director would give them a real taste of what it would be like to be cooped up in a room with the same people. Interestingly the criminal on trial was played by a young Jack Nicholson. This film would be good to show in business schools and workshops to illustrate team dynamics and conflict resolution techniques. In the Radio Times the late Barry Norman produced a list of 100 greatest films of all time and this was one of the films listed. At the Bafta Awards in 1958 this film won for Best Foreign Actor (USA) (Henry Fonda).


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