Film Club ”12 Angry Men” Free Admission 17th May 8pm
12 ANGRY MEN Bealtaine Festival Film – FREE ADMISSION 17th May 8pm
Director: Sidney Lumet / USA / 1957 / 92 minutes / Certificate: G
Cast: Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, E.G. Marshall, Jack Warden, Jack Klugman
On a hot summer’s day, a jury of 12 men is sent to begin deliberations in the first-degree murder trial of an 18-year-old Latino accused of killing his father. A guilty verdict will mean an automatic death sentence for the young man, and on the surface it appears to be an open-and-shut case.
When juror no. 8 (Henry Fonda) casts the only not-guilty vote in the first jury ballot, tensions begin to rise. He must persuade the other 11 jury members to take a fresh look at the evidence and convince them of their duty to reach a verdict that is beyond reasonable doubt.
“… too few films take on the art of arguing as a subject; we could certainly use more of them, but until then, Lumet’s window into strained civic duty will continue to serve mightily.” – Time Out