12 Angry Men
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A jury holdout attempts to prevent a miscarriage of justice by forcing his colleagues to reconsider the evidence.
12 Angry Men (1957), or Twelve Angry Men (1957), is gripping, penetrating, and engrossing examination of a diverse group of twelve jurors (all male, mostly middle-aged, white, and generally of middle-class status) who are uncomfortably brought together to deliberate after hearing the ‘facts’ in a seemingly open-and-shut murder trial case. They retire to a jury room to do their civic duty and serve up a just verdict for the indigent minority defendant (with a criminal record) whose life is in the balance. The film is a powerful indictment, denouncement and exposes of the trial by jury system. The frightened, teenaged defendant is on trial, as well as the jury and the American judicial system with its purported sense of infallibility, fairness, and lack of bias.
Alternatively, the slow-boiling film could also be viewed as the commentary on McCarthyism, Fascism, or Communism (threatening forces in the 50s). One of the film’s posters described how the workings of the judicial process can be disastrous:
Directors: Sidney Lumet
Characters: Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, Martin Balsam, John Fiedler
The jury of twelve ‘angry men,’ entrusted with the power to send an uneducated, teenaged Puerto Rican, tenement-dwelling boy to the electric chair for killing his father with a switchblade knife, are literally locked into a small, claustrophobic rectangular jury room on a stifling hot summer day until they come up with a unanimous decision – either guilty or not guilty. The compelling, provocative film examines the twelve men’s deep-seated personal prejudices, perceptual biases and weaknesses, indifference, anger, personalities, unreliable judgments, cultural differences, ignorance and fears, that threaten to taint their decision-making abilities, cause them to ignore the real issues in the case, and potentially lead them to a miscarriage of justice.