12 Angry Men

12 Angry men is a 1957 drama film, which is entirely set in a jury room where a jury of men of 12 men are deciding the innocence, or guilt of a young Puerto Rican boy who is accused of having stabbed his own father to death. Each juror came into the courtroom with their own prejudices and also perhaps some bigotry. This comes out all throughout the movie and adds a lot of intensity and conflict as you see each juror is looking at the case from their own standpoint and the experiences he has had in his life.

Soon after the jury is sent back to deliberate the case, it is evident that all but one man of the jury seems to think that the boy is guilty. Juror number 8 (Played by Henry Fonda) is not in agreement with the other members, as he battles to convince them of the innocence of the accussed boy. The other jurors try to presuade him every which way they can, but he just wont budge. Slowly but surely as they discuss the case, the other members of the jury start to have doubts, as it comes out that some of the key pieces of evidence might not be what they seemed at first.

This also touches on an important social point, as it shows very well how the law is not the same for everyone. A sentiment that often plays a key role in jurors decicions as these prejudices and other misconceptions play a part in their decisions and that can lead to faults in the criminal justice system. This movie was so highly acclaimed that 12 angry men was officially preserved in 2007 by the United states National Film Registry as “culturally, historically and aesthetically significant”. Making this truly one of the most important American movies to have ever come out.

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