12 Angry Men (1957)
This is by far one of my favorite films from the 1950’s and I’ve always wanted to see it preformed on stage. It is a courtroom drama where the whole movie happens in one building and nearly all in one room, but there is so much tension and debate that it keeps the suspense and mystery going from start to finish. One juror The idea is so simple, but the ideals behind it are profound. The idea of being a juror and being responsible for the fate of another human being. The idea of killing someone who may or may not be innocent. Finally, given that they are an American jury with someone’s life in their hands, that the thought process and detail of their crimes must be always fully considered.
Henry Fonda is brilliant in this role, but I think the whole cast did a great job. Not every character is detailed in-depth, but we get to understand the thinking of each figure during this process and I love that. The film also stars Ed Begley, Martin Balsam, Lee J. Cobb, and Jack Warden. I still consider this among the better courtroom drama movies ever created.
What is your favorite courtroom drama?