Starring Henry Fonda, Martin Balsam, Lee J. Cobb, Edward Binns, Ed Begley, Jack Warden, Jack Klugman

1950’s masculine society is compressed into this engaging, tightly spun drama about 11 jury members absolutely certain that a young ethnic kid is guilty, and the one juror (Fonda) that has a reasonable doubt. Integrity, mob mentality, racism, and prejudice are all examined as juror number 8 gradually brings the other men over to his side, and Sidney Lumet, directing his first film, paces the film superbly.

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