At the close of a murder trial, the life of the teenage hispanic suspect is in the hands of the 12 white jurors. With apparently damning evidence lined up against the boy, a preliminary vote shows only one doubtful juror standing against eleven who would have him hanged. 90 tense, sweaty minutes ensue in which prejudices are confronted, moralities are revealed, and the vagaries of justice are rigorously exposed. A great ensemble film - every player from Henry Fonda’s upstanding doubter to Lee J. Cobb’s tetchy racist helps shape a fully absorbing whole.

‘For some reason, I still remember that I made 387 setups in 12 Angry Men... The cutting tempo was accelerating steadily during the movie but would break into a gallop in the last thirty-five minutes or so. This increasing tempo helped enormously both in making the story more exciting and in raising the audience’s awareness that the picture was compressing further in space and time.’ Sidney Lumet, Director