About

The defense and the prosecution have rested and the jury is filing into the jury room to decide if a young Spanish-American is guilty or innocent of murdering his father. What begins as an open and shut case soon becomes a mini-drama of each of the jurors' prejudices and preconceptions about the trial, the accused, and each other.

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Directed by

Sidney Lumet

Written by

Reginald Rose (Screenplay)

Runtime

96 minutes

Country

United States of America

Language

English

Tagline

Life is in their hands. Death is on their minds.

Cast

Keywords

class heat judge puerto rican group death penalty court court case innocence courtroom jurors sultriness father murder anonymity

Photos

Lists

#5 on IMDb top 250 IMDb

#475 on 1,000 greatest films They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?

#87 on AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies – 10th Anniversary Edition AFI

#72 on Empire's 500 Greatest Movies Of All Time Empire

Awards

Oscar nomination for Best Picture Reginald Rose Henry Fonda

Oscar nomination for Best Director Sidney Lumet

Oscar nomination for Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium Reginald Rose