An excellent cast and intelligent direction by William Friedkin are more than sufficient reasons for this made-for-cable remake of a classic American drama, first produced for television and later adapted for the movies by Sidney Lumet in 1957.
After receiving instructions from the judge (Mary McDonnell), twelve men enter a jury room to pass judgment on a Hispanic youth accused of murdering his father. Everyone is immediately ready to vote guilty, except for Juror Eight (Jack Lemmon), who argues that a case which potentially involves the
death penalty at least deserves some discussion. He reminds the others of the judge's instructions, that in order to hand down...