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12 Angry Men is a 1957 film about 12 jurors who must unanimously decided the fate of an accused murderer.

THE DUTY OF JURORS

Have you ever been called for jury duty? I have, once. When I lived in Las Vegas I was called to a boring case where a woman was suing her former employer. I didn’t have to stay for long though, as I wasn’t actually chosen to be one of the jurors. Still, the experience was fascinating and made me feel good for doing my civic duty. This movie, however, gives us a glimpse of the strong feelings and tensions that would accompany a murder trial – especially one where the evidence is a little bit sketchy!

12 Angry Men

MOVIE INFO

  • Starring: Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb and Ed Begley
  • Rated: Not rated (Probably PG though)
  • Released: 1957
  • Genre: Drama, mystery
  • My Opinion: Terrific!

NON SPOILER SUMMARY

The film opens on a hot summer day at the end of a courtroom case where a teenage boy is on trial for murdering his father. The 12 jurors (all men, in case you haven’t figured it out yet!) are led to the jury deliberation room to come up with their verdict. During the initial vote many of the jurors are hesitant, but eventually 11 of them vote the defendant guilty. The lone hold-out, Juror #8, says that he wants to discuss the evidence to see if it really holds up. Needless to say, this doesn’t please the other jurors, especially the man who holds baseball tickets for that evening! Anyway, since the decision must be unanimous the viewer is treated to an hour and a half of intense speculation and argument, with some juicy insights into the lives of the jurors. Excellent stuff!

RUSTY’S REVIEW

  • You would think this would be an incredibly boring movie – but it wasn’t! It was totally fascinating to see the group dynamics come into play as these men argued and revealed information about themselves and their motives.
  • Henry Fonda was a bit before my time, so I didn’t really recognize him, but he did a fantastic job as the clear-headed juror #8.
  • Even if you are not a fan of courtroom type movies, I think you owe it to yourself to see this multiple-award winning classic film that has garnered loads of critical acclaim.

WHERE TO FIND 12 ANGRY MEN

  • I watched it by renting the DVD from Netflix.
  • You can purchase 12 Angry Men at Amazon.com.
  • You can also watch 12 Angry Men online via Amazon Instant Video.
  • There are plenty of good used copies available at eBay.

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  • To Kill a Mockingbird – the classic story about an Alabama lawyer who defends a man wrongfully accused of assaulting a young woman.