12 Angry Men was one of Sidney Lumet’s first movies, if not the first.  I finally watched it.

It’s an interesting movie, especially since the entire ‘action’ of the movie is limited to the jury room (other than the first minutes in the courtroom).

One thing that I didn’t like was the first speech by the Henry Fonda character.  He goes on about how he’s not sure the boy is guilty, and then his initial reasons seem to have nothing to do with the facts, but rather that he feels sorry for the kid because he’s had such a hard life.  Well.  That’s almost an insult to all the people who have had hard lives and been able to rise above that.  People’s circumstances do not dictate who they will become.

The rest of the movie, however, was interesting and thought-provoking.  It shows how different people remember different ‘facts,’ often colored by preconceived notions or prejudice.

12 Angry Men is definitely worth watching, especially for those who enjoy the intricacies of the processes of law.