This movie, along with A Few Good Men, is what made me want to become a lawyer.
Now, actually being a lawyer is nothing like any of this, but they are amazing movies all the same.
Probably my favorite movie. Long cuts and great performances all around. Gives me chills every time as the pressure mounts. And you're right OP, so many hidden prejudices are revealed. I always enjoy Fonda's line "I'd like to ask you something: you don't believe the boy's story. How come you believe the woman's? She's one of "them", too, isn't she?"
I love how Lee J. Cobb, who can be described as the antagonist, gets up and is like "screw this" Really powerful, he looks for any reason to find the kid guilty but can't support that prejudice. E.G. Marshall's rebuttal is great as well.
I loved how they never had to show the murder happening. Just the jurors discussing it was enough to paint a picture.
This movie is a great example of why "do you even remember the names of the characters?" is a pretty weak argument against a film.
A good film. I like the rants of Juror #3. He kinda reminds me of Sylvester Stallone lol.
It's so true how the same type of people these days contradict themselves in an instant if they think it will help just like this dude. "I know some that are good, I'm the first one to say how good they are!"... All of a sudden turns to "They are all awful." when they get backed into a corner.
This movie is THE BEST I've seen. So much drama in a single room.