12 Angry Men (1957)
12 Angry Men
AFI Top 100 / Classic / Drama
Directed by Sidney Lumet
Cast: Henry Fonda, Ed Begley, E.G. Marshall, Lee J. Cobb, Jack Klugman, Martin Balsam, Jack Warden, John Fielder, Edward Binns, Joseph Sweeney, Robert Webber and George Voscovec
This thought-provoking film takes place in a jury room where the twelve jurors' are deliberating on the fate of a Spanish-American man who has been accused of murdering his own father with a switch blade knife. It is assumed in the beginning that they will all twelve agree on the verdict. However, as the film proceeds, the twelve juror's begin to share their thoughts and opinions while they discuss, argue and plead as to what they have seen in the courtroom and ultimately they begin to convince each other that this young man is indeed not guilty of murder.