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Description This movie depicts jury deliberations in a murder case The first vote is 11 to 1 to convict but The film is based on the play by Reginald Rose Both versions are excellent however the original black and white version is better than the remake Benefits 12 Angry Men is a primer on what to do and what not to do when deliberating as a juror At first only one juror applies the correct legal standard of requiring proof beyond a reasonable doubt He is the only juror who will not accept the prosecutions case at face value His questions eventually lead a number of other jurors to make a searching inquiry into the facts presented at the trial But other jurors are not as open minded One is prejudiced against the defendant because of the defendants social background Another is angry at his son who is the same age as the defendant and votes to convict as an expression of his anger Another has tickets to a baseball game and wants to get a quick conviction and get out of the jury room We see how each of these attitudes could lead to a miscarriage of justice The film shows the dynamics of jury deliberations the anger the false starts the personality conflicts the joint effort and the functioning of several minds together to ferret out the truth 12 Angry Men is an emotion picture that speaks to the intelligent heart of the viewer It is likely to add significant memories to the fund of experience used by each of us to understand our universe and to determine our future actions 12 Angry Men has been shown to law school and business school classes as a study in the jury system and as an example of effective persuasion Possible Problems MINIMAL The jury is all male This film was made
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