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12 Angry Men (1957) - Plot Summary Poster

(1957)

Plot Summary

  • The defense and the prosecution have rested and the jury is filing into the jury room to decide if a young man is guilty or innocent of murdering his father. What begins as an open-and-shut case of murder soon becomes a detective story that presents a succession of clues creating doubt, and a mini-drama of each of the jurors' prejudices and preconceptions about the trial, the accused, and each other. Based on the play, all of the action takes place on the stage of the jury room.

    - Written by pjk <PETESID@VNET.IBM.COM>
  • When a young Puerto Rican is on trial for the alleged murder of his father, 11 of the 12 jurors are quick to vote that he is guilty in a ostensibly straightforward case. The remaining juror, Juror #8, remains skeptical about the evidence at hand and demands a thorough deliberation of the facts from each juror before sentencing the boy to death.

    - Written by Kyle Perez
  • "12 Angry Men" focuses on a jury's deliberations in a capital murder case. A 12-man jury is sent to begin deliberations in the first-degree murder trial of an 18-year-old man accused in the stabbing death of his father, where a guilty verdict means an automatic death sentence. The case appears to be open-and-shut: The defendant has a weak alibi; a knife he claimed to have lost is found at the murder scene; and several witnesses either heard screaming, saw the killing or the boy fleeing the scene. Eleven of the jurors immediately vote guilty; only Juror No. 8 (Mr. Davis) casts a not guilty vote. At first Mr. Davis bases his vote more so for the sake of discussion; after all, the jurors must believe beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant is guilty. As the deliberations unfold, the story quickly becomes a study of the jurors' complex personalities (which range from wise, bright and empathetic to arrogant, prejudiced and merciless), preconceptions, backgrounds and interactions. That provides the backdrop to Mr. Davis' attempts in convincing the other jurors that a "not guilty" verdict might be appropriate.

    - Written by Brian Rathjen <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>
  • A jury holdout attempts to prevent a miscarriage of justice by forcing his colleagues to reconsider the evidence.

    - Written by Noah Orent

Synopsis

In a New York City courthouse, an eighteen-year-old boy from a slum is on trial for allegedly stabbing his father to death...

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