"Prejudice always obscures the truth"
A Jury of twelve men have finished hearing the trial of a young immigrant man
accused of murdering his father by stabbing him to death. After a brief vote in
a sweltering deliberation room the vote is 11/1 in favour of a guilty verdict.
The jury have been informed by the Judge that they must reach a unanimous decision.
Voices are raised and tempers fray as the twelve men debate the case that could
send a man to the Electric Chair. New York
This film has one of the most compelling stories I have ever seen. I couldn’t take my eyes off it for a minute. I was afraid of blinking or turning my head to check the time in case I missed a vital detail. This really is masterful story telling. In the beginning it is just Henry Fonda’s ‘Juror number 8’ character who votes not guilty but as the film progresses he and others question statements and evidence until more and more of the jurors have doubts. It is fairly obvious from early on what the outcome is going to be but that doesn’t matter. How they reach the decision is fascinating.