12 Angry Men (1957)

12 Angry Men
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Title12 Angry Men
Year1957
CountryUSA
GenreDrama (Movies)
CollectionLawyer
Run Time1h 36 min
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In the overheated jury room of the New York County Courthouse, a jury prepares to deliberate the case of an 19-year-old impoverished youth accused of stabbing his father to death. The judge instructs them that if there is any reasonable doubt, the jurors are to return a verdict of not guilty; if found guilty, the defendant will receive a mandatory death sentence via the electric chair. The verdict must be unanimous. At first, the evidence seems convincing: a neighbor testified to witnessing the defendant stab his father from her window and through the windows of a passing elevated train. Another neighbor testified that he heard the defendant threaten to kill his father and the father’s body hitting the ground, and then, as he opened his door, saw the defendant running down the stairs. The boy has a violent past and had recently purchased a switchblade of the same type as was found at the murder scene, but claimed he lost it. The knife at the scene had been cleaned of fingerprints.

The jurors at first seem to take the decision lightly. Juror 7 in particular is anxious to catch his tickets to the baseball game. In a preliminary vote conducted by Juror 1, all jurors vote guilty except Juror 8, who believes that there should be some discussion before the verdict is made. He questions the reliability of the witnesses’ testimonies and also throws doubt on the supposed uniqueness of the murder weapon by producing an identical switchblade from his pocket. He says he cannot vote guilty because reasonable doubt exists. With his arguments seemingly failing to convince any of the other jurors, Juror 8 suggests a secret ballot, from which he will abstain; if all the other jurors still vote guilty, he will acquiesce.

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In the overheated jury room of the New York County Courthouse, a jury prepares to deliberate the case of an 19-year-old impoverished youth accused of stabbing his father to death. The judge instructs them that if there is any reasonable doubt, the jurors are to return a verdict of not guilty; if found guilty, the defendant will receive a mandatory death sentence via the electric chair. The verdict must be unanimous. At first, the evidence seems convincing: a neighbor testified to witnessing the defendant stab his father from her window and through the windows of a passing elevated train. Another neighbor testified that he heard the defendant threaten to kill his father and the father’s body hitting the ground, and then, as he opened his door, saw the defendant running down the stairs. The boy has a violent past and had recently purchased a switchblade of the same type as was found at the murder scene, but claimed he lost it. The knife at the scene had been cleaned of fingerprints.

The jurors at first seem to take the decision lightly. Juror 7 in particular is anxious to catch his tickets to the baseball game. In a preliminary vote conducted by Juror 1, all jurors vote guilty except Juror 8, who believes that there should be some discussion before the verdict is made. He questions the reliability of the witnesses’ testimonies and also throws doubt on the supposed uniqueness of the murder weapon by producing an identical switchblade from his pocket. He says he cannot vote guilty because reasonable doubt exists. With his arguments seemingly failing to convince any of the other jurors, Juror 8 suggests a secret ballot, from which he will abstain; if all the other jurors still vote guilty, he will acquiesce.

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