12 ANGRY MEN (Sidney Lumet, 1957) – FILM REVIEW

A jury must deliberate the innocence or guilt of a young man risking the death penalty for allegedly murdering his own father. The outcome seems obvious. Yet, it is complicated by one of the men’s staunch beliefs that the boy should be acquitted on reasonable doubt.

Rarely had morality and justice been discussed so openly and honestly in American film before 12 Angry Men, which soon became one of the most influential films of its time. This also ranks among the best feature directorial debuts, as Sidney Lumet takes on the challenge of a film set wholly set in one room. The claustrophobic setting intensifies the great screenplay by Reginal Rose, performed by a powerhouse cast headed by Henry Fonda. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

12 Angry Men // Director: Sidney Lumet // Starring: Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, E.G. Marshall // Drama // USA

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