The most powerful legal drama ever made, of that there is little argument. This film takes the murder trial of a teenage boy and turns it into a battle between twelve men over the young man’s life. The film features standout performances from Henry Fonda and Lee J. Cobb as opposing forces on the jury, one who wants to keep an open mind and facilitate discussion (Fonda) and one entrenched in his own issues who can’t distance himself from his hatred of the young man (Cobb). The ideological debate that the film facilitates is one of the finest representations of the legal system ever. The film plays out as the men review every piece of evidence that supposedly points to the boy’s guilt, except that much of the evidence is questioned and turns out to be wrong.
This film is amazing and the cast plays extremely well together.
My vote for this film will be unanimous, just like the jury should be…
5 out of 5