Henry Fonda, Martin Balsam, John Fiedler, Lee J. Cobb
Sidney Lumet (Director), Reginald Rose (Screenplay), Reginald Rose (Story)
Released: Apr. 9th, 1957
Runtime: 1 hour, 36 minutes
The defense and the prosecution have rested and the jury is filing into the jury room to decide if a young Spanish-American is guilty or innocent of murdering his father. What begins as an open and shut case soon becomes a mini-drama of each of the jurors' prejudices and preconceptions about the trial, the accused, and each other.
We think we know exactly what's going to happen in that jury room and very little of this story played out the way I expected it to and, boy, what a pleasure that was.
The first clue we have as to what is going on actually comes from Lumet, not Rose or the other actors.