For 1 Year, 100 Movies, I will watch all of AFI’s 100 Years, 100 Movies list (compiled in 2007) in one year- and will complete a goal on my 2013 Manifesto. Come along on the ride with me- oh, and please pass the popcorn!
This movie has amazing dialogue and acting. It takes a skilled actor to give a believable and honest performance when the movie is shot in one small room for almost the entire movie. Every single one of these twelve actors portraying jurors on a murder trial do just that. Led by Henry Fonda who at first is the only one who questions whether the boy on trial might be innocent- we see one by one as each juror starts thinking about the evidence, and coming to terms that the conclusion they jumped to so eagerly may not be the case.
I really like that we are not given more insight into what happened- we do not see the original incident, nor do we see more of the boy on trial other than one glimpse as he watches the jurors leave the room to decide his fate. Innocent or guilty- which would sentence him to death. At the end of the movie we are not given the truth of what happened. What we are given is the power of a fair trial.
In my humble, non-professional, average movie-goer opinion this movie earns: