12 Angry Men

Sidney Lumet

12 Angry Men is a conversational movie that proves that for a film to be great it does not need extensive scenery, elaborate costumes or expensive special effects — just superlative acting. Almost 90 per cent of the movie was shot entirely in a single room. The twelve angry men are the twelve jurors of a murder case. An 18-year-old boy from a poor background is accused of stabbing his father to death and faces the electric chair if convicted. Eleven of the men believe the boy to be guilty; only one (Henry Fonda) has doubts. The story proceeds as how Henry convinces the rest and proves the boy innocent.