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12 Angry Men (1957)


Written by Tim Dirks

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12 Angry Men (1957)

In director Sidney Lumet's excellent courtroom drama:

  • the dramatic debate scenes within a swelteringly-hot New York City jury room among twelve jurors
  • the sequence of their preliminary vote on the fate of a Puerto Rican boy charged with first degree murder - when rational Juror # 8 (Henry Fonda) was the only one to vote not guilty and Juror # 10 (Ed Begley) muttered: "Boy oh boy, there's always one"
  • the discussion about the switchblades when Juror # 8 plunged a switchblade knife (identical to the murder weapon) into the juror's long table to destroy the basis of the prosecution's case and cast doubt in the jurors' minds
  • the angry outbursts toward the film's end by Juror # 3 (Lee J. Cobb) and Juror # 8's questioning of his personal attitudes: "Are you his executioner?"


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