A Puerto Rican youth is on trial for murder, accused of knifing his father to death. The twelve jurors retire to the jury room, having been admonished that the defendant is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Eleven of the jurors vote for conviction, each for reasons of his own. The sole holdout is Juror #8, played by Henry Fonda. As Fonda persuades the weary jurors to re-examine the evidence, we learn the backstory of each man. Juror #3 (Lee J. Cobb), a bullying self-made man, has estranged himself from his own son. Juror #7 (Jack Warden) has an ingrained mistrust of foreigners; so, to a lesser extent, does Juror #6 (Edward Binns). Jurors #10 (Ed Begley) and #11 (George Voskovec), so certain of the infallibility of the Law, assume that if the boy was arrested, he must be guilty. Juror #4 (E.G. Marshall) is an advocate of dispassionate deductive reasoning. Juror #5 (Jack Klugman), like the defendant a product of "the streets," hopes that his guilty vote will distance himself from his past. Juror #12 (Robert Webber), an advertising man, doesn't understand anything that he can't package and market. And Jurors #1 (Martin Balsam), #2 (John Fiedler) and #9 (Joseph Sweeney), anxious not to make waves, "go with the flow." The excruciatingly hot day drags into an even hotter night; still, Fonda chips away at the guilty verdict, insisting that his fellow jurors bear in mind those words "reasonable doubt." A pet project of Henry Fonda's, Twelve Angry Men was his only foray into film production; the actor's partner in this venture was Reginald Rose, who wrote the 1954 television play on which the film was based. Carried over from the TV version was director Sidney Lumet, here making his feature-film debut. A flop when it first came out (surprisingly, since it cost almost nothing to make), Twelve Angry Men holds up beautifully when seen today. It was remade for television in 1997 by director William Friedkin with Jack Lemmon and George C. Scott.~Hal Erickson
Frank Schaffner's 1955 television version, with an introduction by Ron Simon, curator at the Paley Center for Media
Production history of 12 Angry Men, from teleplay to big-screen classic
Original theatrical trailer
Archival interviews with director Sidney Lament
New interview with screenwriter Walter Bernstein about Lumet
New interview with Simon about writer Reginal Rose
Tragedy in a Temporary Town (1956), a teleplay directed by Lumet and written by Rose
New interview with cinematographer John Bailey about director of photography Boris Kaufman
A booklet featuring an essay by writer and law professor Thane Rosenbaum
I don't say this lightly: your film collection is incomplete without "12 Angry Men". There are a few films out there that belong in every collection, and this incredible examination of bias and prejudice in America's jury room needs to be owned by every American citizen to be able to reflect on our own biases and prejudices.
Aside from the film itself, Criterion Collection has carefully remastered this handsomely-made film and given it the release it deserves.
This is a film I was very excited to seeing, and after it ended I was surprised by how much I loved it, how the director and crew managed to make such a small location so interesting and give each character their own purposes for being involved in the story, was so entertaining to watch. If you don't like talking movies, it won't be for you, but if you enjoy contained thrillers with interesting premises, characters and great dialogue. See it ASAP
This review is from 12 Angry Men [Blu-ray] 
I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Great Movie with an Amazing Cast!
12 men stuck in 1 room for an entire movie sounds boring but you're wrong! Henry Fonda stirs the pot and Jack Klugman, Ed Begley, EG Marshall and 8 other very familiar actors react making it a crazy ride with an ending that leaves you thinking. The blue-ray transfer is beautiful because Criterion duh. Extra features abound. Highly recommended!!