12 Angry Men (1957): A Great Films mini-review

12 Angry Men Movie Poster


Sidney Lumet



A dissenting juror in a murder trial slowly manages to convince the others that the case is not as obviously clear as it seemed in court.


12 Angry Men features one of cinema’s strongest ensembles that includes Henry Fonda and Lee J. Cobb as two of the twelve men selected by the court to stay in the jury room until they reach a verdict in a complex case. Henry Fonda easily gives off one of the strongest performances of his long and distinctive career as Juror #8 as he fully engages with his role, giving his character a lot of charisma and conviction which he perfectly uses to try and persuade the other jurors of the defendant’s innocence. There is also Lee. J. Cobb who is Juror #3, a man full of anger, suspicion, and distrust for his fellow humans. Cobb’s excellent performance makes viewers truly immersed in the juror’s development throughout the picture. But, of course, it is the film’s setting that captures the most attention. Having his film take place solely within the confines of the jury room, director Sidney Lumet does an outstanding job of keeping things moving, with the intensity increasing with each passing minute. It is simply Lumet at the height of his directing powers. Without a doubt, 12 Angry Men is a motion picture that everyone will surely enjoy and one that is deservedly labelled a great film.

Outstanding performances:

  • Henry Fonda (as Juror #8)
  • Lee J. Cobb (as Juror #3)


1 hour and 36 minutes





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