The defense and the prosecution have rested and the jury is filing into the jury room to decide if a young man is guilty or innocent of murdering his father. What begins as an open-and-shut case of murder soon becomes a detective story that presents a succession of clues creating doubt, and a mini-drama of each of the jurors' prejudices and preconceptions about the trial, the accused, and each other. Based on the play, all of the action takes place on the stage of the jury room.Written by
9 out of the 12 cast members who played the jurors were military veterans. 8 of whom served during World War II: Henry Fonda (Juror #8) and John Fiedler (Juror #2) served in the Navy, while Robert Webber (Juror #12) was in the Marine Corps. Jack Klugman (Juror #5) served in the Army, while Martin Balsam (Juror #1), Lee J. Cobb (Juror #3) and Edward Binns (Juror #6) were in the U.S. Army Air Forces. Jack Warden (Juror #7) was in the Navy prior to the war and then served in the U.S. Merchant Marines and in the Army during WWII. Ed Begley (Juror #10) was in the Navy during World War I. Director Sidney Lumet, writer-producer Reginald Rose, associate producer George Justin and actor Rudy Bond, who played the judge, were also WWII veterans, all serving in the Army, while cinematographer Boris Kaufman served in the European theatre in the French Army. See more »
Juror #6 follows Juror #8 into the washroom to splash water on his face and stands awkwardly sideways between the two sinks, the only likely reason being to continue facing upstage. See more »
Man in corridor:
You did a wonderful job, wonderful job!
To continue, you've listened to a long and complex case, murder in the first degree. Premeditated murder is the most serious charge tried in our criminal courts. You've listened to the testimony, you've had the law read to you and interpreted as it applies in this case, it's now your duty to sit down and try to separate the facts from the fancy. One man is dead, another man's life is at stake, if there's a reasonable doubt in your minds as to...
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At the end of the film, the actors are billed in order of their juror numbers; thus Henry Fonda, although the star of the film, appears 8th. See more »
Intense courtroom drama which has 12 very different people, all males, struggling with a murder case involving a young Puerto Rican boy that seems cut-and-dried. However, juror Henry Fonda does not believe it to be as sure-fire as it appears. He votes not guilty and what follows is a chain of events that will test the views, beliefs and thoughts of the other 11 members. Fonda is great, but Lee J. Cobb steals every scene (and that is not easy to do in a film like this). Ed Begley, Martin Balsam, Jack Warden, Jack Klugman, Joseph Sweeney, E.G. Marshall and John Fiedler are among the other individuals caught in a situation that is much more difficult than it appears on the surface. An excellent character-study that should be studied and embraced by all present and future film-makers. 5 stars out of 5.
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