The fate of an 18 year old boy, accused of murdering his father, is in the hands of 12 respectable people. Does the jury find him guilty?
The movie starts with the judge requesting the members of the jury to deliberate on the evidence presented in the court and decide on the case unanimously without leaving their discussion room. The jury believes it to be an open-and-shut case and do not wish to waste time in delivering their verdict. However, their vote of ‘guilty’ had one dissension. The dissenter (Henry Fonda) had some doubt in his mind. He felt that there was a small possibility that the boy had not committed the murder. He airs his concerns on depth of arguments of the defense lawyer and requests his fellow jurors to convince him that the boy was indeed guilty.
The fellow jurors become restless and furious at Henry for wasting their time in the summer heat and spoiling their other arrangements. The discussion becomes more and more heated and animated as they progress into the night.
Furthermore, The members of the jury have an important decision to make. Should they pronounce the boy guilty or should they give him a second chance at life?
Will Henry Fonda be convinced by the other jury members or will he be able to convince them? They cannot leave the room without a unanimous decision.
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