Director: Sidney Lumet
Stars: Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, Martin Balsam
Plot: A jury holdout attempts to prevent a miscarriage of justice by forcing his colleagues to reconsider the evidence.
Sidney Lumet had the actors all stay in the same room for hours on end and recite their lines over and over, without taping them. This was to give them a real taste of what it would be like to be cooped up in a room with the same people for an extended amount of time.
This Was Sidney Lumet's First Feature Film as a Director.
When Juror #10 concludes his ethnic-centerd rant - in which all other jurors either leave the table or notably disagree with him - he is then told to sit down and not to talk again. Indeed, from that moment on until the end of the film, he does not utter a single word.
Henry Fonda always regarded 12 Angry Men as one of the three best films he ever made, the other two being The Grapes of Wrath and The Ox-Bow Incident.