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Many movies sart with promising premises that end up only partially fulfilled but 12 ANGRY MEN never disappoints The rich drama with minimalist sets occur almost completely within the confines of a jury room The incredibly strong ensemble cast for the jury includes Henry Fonda Lee J Cobb Ed Begley EG Marshall Jack Warden Jack Klugman Edward Binns Joseph Sweeny Martin Blasam George Voskovec John Fiedler and Robert Webber To futher minimize distractions we never learn most of the jurors names We know them by their opinions backgrounds and weaknesses They have their juror numbers and that is considered sufficient labeling As the story opens a bored judge in a captial murder case is reading his charge to the jury When he comes to the part about a reasonable doubt he repeats it with such an emphasis that he seems to be suggesting that any doubt they may have in their minds about the defendants guilt is probably not reasonable Indeed everyone including the defendant seems to think the case is hopeless The accused played with big soulful eyes by John Savoca never speaks but his sunken despondent demeanor says it all The evidence in the case is clear and as we find out later his attorney apparently was pretty inept Before the jurors start their deliberation they idle away their time arguning over whether the case was dull or not and over how well the attorneys performed If you didnt know better you could assume they were reviewing some movie they had seen None of them seems to be concerned in the least that the defendants life is at stake Into this sure and certain world comes a voice of caution someone who is willing to demand that the jurors put a halt to their headlong rush to judgment This voice of reason comes from juror played by Henry Fonda giving a resolute and perfect performance that should have at least gotten
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