Watched: November 12 2017
Director: Sidney Lumet
Starring: Henry Fonda, Martin Balsam, John Fielder, Lee J. Cobb, E.G. Marshall, Jack Klugman, Edward Binns, Jack Warden, Joseph Sweeney, Ed Begley, George Voskovec, Robert Webber
Runtime: 1h 36min
12 jury members are in a locked room deliberating a murder case. That’s it. That’s the plot. Sound boring? Not at all! It’s tense, dramatic and very well acted, and it will keep you engaged throughout the entire 96 minutes.
There’s really not much to say about this film which hasn’t been said before, and better than we could ever do, so we’ll keep it short and sweet.
Human nature, society, male pride, racism and prejudice all play a part in the “neutrality” of the justice system, and it’s important to question what people tell you is the truth. Also, Juror #8 should have been the defense lawyer. And that’s all we’ll say, apart from watch this film. It’s fantastic.
What we learned: The system is flawed. Also, there’s always room for doubt.
Next time: A Face in the Crowd (1957)