• 12 Angry Men (1957)

12 Angry Men

Release Date: April 13th, 1957

DVD Release Date: March 6th, 2001

Not Yet Rated |1 hr 35 min

Plot Summary

Following the closing arguments in a murder trial, the 12 members of the jury must deliberate, with a guilty verdict meaning death for the accused, an inner-city teen. As the dozen men try to reach a unanimous decision while sequestered in a room, one juror (Henry Fonda) casts considerable doubt on elements of the case. Personal issues soon rise to the surface, and conflict threatens to derail the delicate process that will decide one boy's fate.

Cast: Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, Ed Begley, E.G. Marshall, Jack Klugman, Martin Balsam, John Fiedler, Joseph Sweeney

Director: Sidney Lumet

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Orion-Nova Pictures

Keywords: Underdog, Tense, Murder, Judge, Quest, Suspenseful, Emotional, 1950s

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    The movie plays like a textbook for directors interested in how lens choices affect mood. show more

  • 88
    James BerardinelliReelViews

    The stakes of those deliberations are so high, the personalities of the jurors so forceful, and the arguments so pregnant with importance that there is no instance in which boredom threatens. show more

  • 100
    Glenn Heath Jr.Slant Magazine

    What's most interesting about the intense deliberations that ensue, specifically when a piece of seemingly indisputable evidence is brought back into question, is how a fresh angle and perspective, usually born from Juror 8's critical thinking, can permanently alter the tone of the discussion. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Directing
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Writing (Screenplay - Based on Material From Another Medium)
Nominated Best Motion Picture
Nominated Film and British Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1958)
Winner Foreign Actor
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1958)