Released Year: 1957
Director: Sidney Lumet
Actors: Martin Balsam, John Fiedler, Lee J. Cobb, E.G. Marshall, Jack Klugman, Edward Binns, Jack Warden, Henry Fonda, Joseph Sweeney, Ed Begley, George Voskovec, Robert Webber, and John Savoca
Henry Fonda and James Stewart were best friends. They met at a young age, with the same life goals. To be an actor. They had the same interests with airplanes. And they even loved the same girl. James Stewart had been in love with his on and off costar, Margaret Sullavan. Henry Fonda ended up marrying her. But they remained friends till death.
A young man, a boy, is accused of murder. His outcome, if found guilty is death. Now how would you handle a situation like that? You're asked to be a part of the jury. And there is this kid that is accused of murdering his dad, and if you say guilty, he would have to die? Juror number 8 (Henry Fonda) was not ready to say guilty. He wanted to talk about it first. But Juror number 3 (Lee J. Cobb) was ready to say guilty. Just because the evidence was clear. The cool thing about this movie is watching the entire case unfold. You don't see the actual trial, and you hear is what the 12 angry men sit and discuss for the entirety of the film. The whole movie is rather cool. And the fact that you can unravel evidence and make what seems so true and turn it into just a witnesses mistake, is so amazing. Not everyone on trial is guilty, but you can take a million pieces of evidence and make them out to be a horrible person. When in reality, they could have been at the wrong place, at the wrong time.