The twelve jurors retire to the jury room, having been admonished that the defendant is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Eleven of the jurors vote for conviction, each for reasons of his own.
Associate producer William M. Altman Uncredited cast Critical reception[ edit ] The performance received generally positive reviews. Steve Rhodes wrote when reviewing it in The show starts with a dramatic charge by an excessively somber judge.
This idea of a fait accompli decision is shattered when one lone juror has the audacity to vote not guilty on the first ballot. Robert Cummings plays the persistent juror who wants to slow down the process at least enough so that the young kid charged with murder gets a fair hearing in the jury room.
As Cummings begins to raise questions about a few of the obvious facts of the case, his voice is hesitant. Since it was live TV, one can never be sure why, but he gets his words a bit mixed up at first and almost starts to stutter.
It was probably planned, and it is just the kind of realistic event that would happen in such circumstances. Cummings gives the best of several outstanding performances.
When the racist barks at him, "That's a stupid question," he does not cower but summons up strength from deep within himself. Like a freight train gathering speed, he gains more confidence by the moment, especially when others slowly decide to change their votes.In AFI’s top ten courtroom dramas, 's 12 Angry Men, starring Henry Fonda, ranks second, after To Kill a Mockingbird (), though, technically, it’s a jury room drama, with no trial ever shown.
Twelve Angry Men succeeds on a number of levels. First, it serves as an excellent lesson in civics.
In particular, it illustrates the application of the Seventh Amendment, a component of the /5(). 12 Angry Men, by Sidney Lumet, may be the most radical courtroom drama in cinema history.A behind-closed-doors look at the American legal system that is as riveting as it is spare, this iconic adaptation of Reginald Rose’s teleplay stars Henry Fonda as the dissenting member on a jury of white men ready to pass judgment on a Puerto Rican .
'12 Angry Men' is an outstanding film. It is proof that, for a film to be great, it does not need extensive scenery, elaborate costumes or expensive special effects - .
"12 Angry Men" is a film that will never date because it's perception of law and morality is a civics lesson that should never be forgotten. Read more 5 people found this helpful.
12 Angry Men is a American courtroom drama film adapted from a teleplay of the same name by Reginald Rose. Written and co-produced by Rose himself and directed by Sidney Lumet, this trial film tells the story of a jury made up of 12 men as they deliberate the conviction or acquittal of a defendant on the basis of reasonable doubt, forcing the jurors to question their morals and values.