Movie House Memories

12 Angry Men (1957)

Episode #66

United Artists released 12 Angry Men to theaters on April 10, 1957. Sidney Lumet directs the film which stars Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, and Martin Balsam.

12 Angry Men Movie Summary

12 Angry Men tells the story of, literally, 12 Angry Men. Some of them are angry because it is hot. Some of them are angry because they are bored. I assure you, all of them are angry because they were called for jury duty.

The film begins within a New York City courtroom where 14 men, and yes, only men, are charged by a judge to deliberate the fate of a man who stands accused of killing his father with a knife. The judge informs them that if the man is found guilty, he will be sentenced to the death penalty. The judge dismisses the two alternate jurors and sends the remaining twelve men back to the jury room to deliberate.

The cabal initially seems jovial and friendly, exchanging pleasantries and small talk. It seems a unanimous verdict is likely. However, after their first vote, they discover there is a fly in the ointment. Juror #8, played by Henry Fonda, states that he is voting not guilty because he simply is not convinced beyond a reasonable doubt that the young man is guilty.

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United Artists released 12 Angry Men to theaters on April 10, 1957. Sidney Lumet directs the film which stars Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, and Martin Balsam.

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