12 Angry Men is based on a jury’sdeliberations in a capital murdercase. A 12 year old Latin boy isaccused of murdering his fatherwith a knife, and is on the vergeof being announced a deathsentence, and the jury of 12members is asked to deliberateon the issue. The case appears tobe open-and-shut: The defendanthas a weak alibi; a knife heclaimed to have lost is found atthe murder scene; and severalwitnesses either heardscreaming, saw the killing or theboy fleeing the scene. Eleven of the jurors immediately voteguilty; only one casts a not guiltyvote. At first Mr. Davis’ bases hisvote more so for the sake of discussion after all, the jurorsmust believe beyond areasonable doubt that thedefendant is guilty. As thedeliberations unfold, the storyquickly becomes a study of the jurors’ complex personalities(which range from wise, brightand empathetic to arrogant,prejudiced and merciless),preconceptions, backgrounds andinteractions.