12 Angry-men

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I want to start the review with a film posters described how the working of the judicial process can be unsuccessful: "LIFE IS IN THEIR HANDS - DEATH IS ON THEIR MINDS! It EXPLODES Like 12 Sticks of Dynamite." 12 Angry Men is an interesting, absorbing and deeply examination of a diverse group of twelve jurors who brought together after hearing the facts in a straightforward or simple murder trial case. These 12 jurors retire to the jury room to do their duty and provide findings for the poor, uneducated teenaged, a guy from slums, a defendant who stab his father. These jurors need to come up with one common decision either he is ‘guilty’ or ‘not guilty’ according to US judicial law. Summary of the unidentified characteristics is important here because this going to help to identify characters and backgrounds. The juror’s sitting around the table and assigned with number. So, the following order is the real sequence.

Juror #1 (The Foreman): He is a high-school assistant head coach, firmly worried to keep the proceedings formal and maintain authority; easily frustrated and sensitive when someone objects to his control. Juror #2: (John Fiedler) a weak courage, clerk/teller, easily persuaded, meek, hesitant, goes along with the majority, excitedly offers cough drops to other men during tense times of argument. Juror #3: (Lee J. Cobb) separation from his own teenaged son causes him to be hateful and aggressive toward all young people .Runs a messenger service (the "Beck and Call" Company), rude and rough man, completely intolerant, forceful and loud, explosive and unforgiving. Juror #4: (E. G. Marshall) Well-educated, self-satisfied and proud, welldressed stockbroker, an incredible recall and grasp of the facts of the case, cool-headed, formal, claims that he never sweats. Juror #5: (Jack Klug man) inexperienced, insecure, frightened, reserved; grew up in a poor Jewish urban neighborhood and the case restore to life in his mind that slum-dwelling upbringing; a guilty vote would distance him from his past; nicknamed "Baltimore" by Juror # 7 because of his support. Juror #6: (Edward Binns) A typical "working man," confused a follower; maybe a manual laborer or painter; respectful of older juror and willing to back up his words with fist. Juror #7: (Jack Warden) impatient salesman, gum-chewing, passionate baseball fan who wants to leave as soon as possible to attend evening game; throws rolled up paper balls at the fan. Juror #8: (Henry Fonda) An architect set off a thoughtful reconsideration of the case against the accused, patient truth-and1

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justice seeker who uses soft-spoken, calm logical reasoning; balanced, decent, courageous, well-spoken and concerned. Juror #9: (Joseph Sweeney) Eldest man in group, white-haired, thin, soft-spoken but perceptive, fair-minded. Juror #10: (Ed Begley) A garage owner, who bubble with anger, biased, intolerant. Juror #11: (George Voskovec) A watchmaker, speaks with a heavy accent, of German-European descent, confident, argue on facts, deep thinker. Juror #12: (Robert Webber) Well-dressed, smooth-talking business ad man with thick black glasses, easy-going; hesitant, uses advertising talk at one point. In the beginning the jury of twelve assign with the authority to send this guy to the electric chair for killing his father with a switch blade knife. The twelve men’s perceptional biases and weakness, anger, personality, cultural difference, fears and judgments that put forward a point to mess up their decision-making abilities may also become a cause of ignoring real issue in the case.

Now, let’s talk about the whole movie. There discussion, arguments, attitudes and most of the things that occur in that room between 12 men in 1hr and 36min movie.

The movie starts outside Manhattan's Court of General Sessions and then a court room where person is briefing twelve-man jury. After retiring the court all twelve-man move to a room with a table round with chairs. The atmosphere was very informal in the beginning a few of the men light up cigarettes and remove blazers. First, juror # 3 casually reveals his hidden biases to juror #2. Juror # 7 shows his impatience to leave to attend the baseball game between yanks and Cleveland. Then, juror # 1 calls to sit on their allocated places to start the case. The jury starts with a voting for guilty or not guilty and out of twelve men’s only one brave juror votes ‘not guilty’ because of reasonable doubt and he wants to talk and discuss before make any decision and also he forces other men to slowly reconsider and review the shaky case and want to go inside through facts which includes eyewitness evidence as well.

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The heated discussions and the frequent re-evaluation and changing of opinions as jurors gets more convinced by the brave juror # 8. Simply, in the first there is a vote of 11 to 1. Then each juror is requested to explain and justify why they think 18yr old guy is guilty or not guilty. Each juror explain in their own way with their facts they got, some justify with facts and some just blaming the guy by keeping other juror facts as a base. But, jurors #8 still not going with the facts and want more details to discuss. Juror # 4 claimed that he was at the movies at the time of the killing, yet one hour later, he couldn't remember the names of the films he saw or who played in them. And no one saw him going in or out of the theatre. Juror # 10 believes that the testimony of the woman across the street who witnessed the killing is sure. The discussion become more interesting when they talk about the knife and juror # 8 present exactly with the same knife when others especially juror # 3 and 4 thinking is not possible because it was very unusual knife. After, warm discussion juror # 8 ask for voting again and said: if all 11 jurors still thinking that the guy is guilty then he will also vote guilty. But, the story take a turn when the juror # 9 vote not-guilty. Now, vote off 10 to 2. Later in the movie Juror # 8 talk about the reliability of the testimony of the old man and old woman (eyewitnesses). After talking deeply juror #5 vote for not guilty (at 47min of movie) and after just 5 min juror # 11 vote for not guilty as well. Now, vote of 8 to 4. Then they start discussing of the lame old man’s walk to his front door. Here, juror # 8 request for the apartment diagram and then wants to show them a demo in the room of the old man and they find that it takes 41 seconds to reach the front door not 15 seconds. After this they call out ballet again and find juror # 2 and 6 vote for not guilty. Now, vote of 6 to 6. Then they discuss about the defendants excuse and here juror # 8 asks juror # 5 to remember similar details. In the end juror # 8 underscores the obvious. Then they start discussing the angle of the stab wound. They start making assumptions and provide demos that how a 5 feet guy stab 7 feet tall man in such angle. Juror # 5 corrects everyone about

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the actual handling of switchable blades knife because he had an experience with switchable blades knife fights. Suddenly, juror # 7 without any reason vote for not-guilty here juror # 11 want the reason of sudden change in decision but juror # 7 not able to justify himself. Now vote of 5 to 7. Juror # 11 also votes for not-guilty later. Now only juror # 3, 4 and 10 stick with guilty. Then Old juror # 9 start discussing and asking about the glasses spots on his nose and start comparing with the women (eye witness). In the end Juror # 4 agrees and vote for notguilty. Juror # 10 who is sitting aside also votes for not-guilty. Now juror # 3 stands alone. When there is a vote of 1 to 11. Juror # 8 wants juror # 3 to justify and defend himself. He start bursting again and talking about the empty facts again but as he pulls his wallet to show them facts, here out flies a picture of him with his son. He threatens everyone and Juror # 3 sobs into his contorted fist: "Not guilty. Not guilty." The door unlocked and all jurors slowly take their blazers and come out the room.

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