Lumet’s Motivation for Making “12 Angry Men”

If you asked me specifically, “When you did
12 Angry Men, were you interested in the justice system?” Absolutely not, I was interested
in doing my first movie, and I was very impressed that Henry Fonda wanted me as the director
because he had seen something I had done off Broadway. It was one of the most obvious motifs. 12 Angry Men, I think it changed the law in
England – great! That isn’t why I did it. I wasn’t out to change the law in England.

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