Twelve angry men a critical review

Carried over from the TV version was director Sidney Lumet, here making his feature-film debut. A meek and unpretentious bank worker who is at first dominated by others, but as the climax builds, so does his courage. Shortly after, a thunderstorm begins.

Jurors 2 and 6 then change their votes, tying the vote at 6—6.

Increasingly impatient, Juror 7 changes his vote to hasten the deliberation, which earns him the ire of other jurors especially 11 for voting frivolously; still he insists, unconvincingly, that he actually thinks the boy is not guilty.

He finally loses his temper and tears up a photo of him and his son, but suddenly breaks down crying and changes his vote to "not guilty", making the vote unanimous. At the beginning of the film, the cameras are positioned above eye level and mounted with wide-angle lensesto give the appearance of greater depth between subjects, but as the film progresses the focal length of the lenses is gradually increased.

Jurors 3, 4 and Most of the others turn their backs to him. By the end of the film, nearly everyone is shown in closeup, using telephoto lenses from a lower angle, which decreases or "shortens" depth of field.

Jurors 3 and 8 then conduct an experiment to see whether a shorter person could stab downwards on a taller person. Juror 12 then reverts his vote, making the vote 8—4. A rational, unflappable, self-assured and analytical stock broker who is concerned only with the facts, and is appalled by the bigotry of Juror Juror 8 accuses him of being a sadist.

He is the eleventh to vote "not guilty"; played by E. He is the fourth to vote "not guilty"; played by George Voskovec. As Fonda persuades the weary jurors to re-examine the evidence, we learn the backstory of each man. A house painter, tough, but principled and respectful.

At the end of the film, he reveals to Juror 9 that his name is Davis, one of only two jurors to reveal his name; played by Henry Fonda. He is the ninth to vote "not guilty", never giving the reason for changing his vote; played by Martin Balsam. He is the sixth to vote "not guilty"; played by Edward Binns.

A Baltimore Orioles fan, he is the third to vote "not guilty"; played by Jack Klugman. Jurors 10 Ed Begley and 11 George Voskovecso certain of the infallibility of the Law, assume that if the boy was arrested, he must be guilty.

He is the last to vote "not guilty"; played by Lee J. A garage owner; a pushy and loud-mouthed bigot. He mentions that he has three children. An assistant high school American football coach. In a preliminary vote, all jurors vote "guilty" except Juror 8, who argues that the boy deserves some deliberation.

However, Juror 9 reveals it was he that changed his vote, agreeing there should be some discussion. Juror 9, seeing Juror 4 rub his nose which is being irritated by his glassesrealizes that the woman who allegedly saw the murder had impressions in the sides of her nose, indicating that she wore glasses, but did not wear them in court out of vanity.

He is the fifth to vote "not guilty"; played by John Fiedler. An angry Juror 3 accuses Juror 5, who grew up in a slum, of changing his vote out of sympathy towards slum children. A wisecracking, indecisive advertising executive.

The twelve jurors retire to the jury room, having been admonished that the defendant is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Ultimately, he is the eighth to settle on voting "not guilty"; played by Robert Webber. Plot[ edit ] In a New York City courthouse a jury commences deliberating the case of an year-old Hispanic boy [11] from a slum, on trial for allegedly stabbing his father to death.

Eleven of the jurors vote for conviction, each for reasons of his own. Other jurors, most notable Juror 1, confirm that they saw the same thing.

Juror 2 questions the likelihood that the boy, who was almost a foot shorter than his father, could have inflicted the downward stab wound found in the body. Juror 5 Jack Klugmanlike the defendant a product of "the streets," hopes that his guilty vote will distance himself from his past.

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Juror 8 suggests a secret ballot, from which he will abstain, and agrees to change his vote if the others unanimously vote "guilty"."12 Angry Men" is a powerful, historical film that brings to light the American justice system AND yet also examines deeply the intimate ways we relate to each other in our everyday lives.

Nearly 50 years after its creation it remains a vital and critical piece of American cinema. 12 Angry Men Photos. View All Photos (1) Movie Info. A jury argues a case in a stuffy room on a hot summer's day. Eleven say "guilty!" But one holdout (Jack Lemmon) is convinced of the defendant's 92%.

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Top critical review. See all 26 critical reviews › out of 5 stars Not subtitled as it says. Twelve Angry Men (Penguin Classics) by Reginald Rose. $ Sep 29,  · In form, "12 Angry Men" is a courtroom drama.

In purpose, it's a crash course in those passages of the Constitution that promise defendants a fair trial and the presumption of innocence.

It has a kind of stark simplicity: Apart from a brief setup and a briefer epilogue, the entire film takes place 4/4. Jul 29,  · 12 Angry Men See more» Filming Locations: New York County Courthouse - 60 Centre Street, New York The film captivates the audience from the beginning.

Each of the twelve jurors are introduced to us as they are introduced to themselves. The characters are well draw out and individual, each with his own personality. Was this review /10(K).

In the play, Twelve Angry Men (also called Twelve Angry Jurors), a jury must decide whether or not to reach a guilty verdict and sentence a 19 year old defendant to death.

At the beginning of the play, eleven jurors vote "guilty." Only one, Juror #8, believes that the young man might be innocent.

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