Twelve Angry Men Film Analysis

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The 1957 MGM film entitled Twelve Angry Men forces the characters and audience to evaluate their own self-image through observing the personality, actions, and experiences of the jurors. The film is about a murder case where a young boy is being accused of killing his father. There are 12 jurors who discuss the murder case and decide if the boy is found guilty or innocent. If the boy was voted guilty by the 12 jurors, he would be sentenced to a death penalty. All, but one juror voted that the boy was guilty. For this reason, all the jurors had to sit down in the court room and discuss into more detail about the murder case. Having 12 jurors is a faster and easier way than having 1 juror to come to an agreement if the boy is guilty in this murder case. The first juror is the foreman. Outside of the court, he is an assistant football coach. The second juror is a bank clerk. Hearing his voice in the movie brings back memories and is recognizable right away because his voice is piglet in Winnie the Pooh. The third juror owns a small business. The…show more content…
The knife that was used to kill the father was said to be “one-of-a-kind”. Mr. Davis who believes the boy isn’t guilty, pulls out a similar knife after the other jurors try to convince him that the boy was guilty because the knife was unique and there wasn’t another knife like that anywhere. The tenth juror is a bigot man who attacks right away and doesn’t change his mind about what he thinks. In the beginning he describes the boy as “one of them”. In "12 Angry Men" as an Integrative Review of Social Psychology Carrie Fried states that, “The movie allows students to examine how situational forces can affect the behavior of individuals even though the individuals have strong and diverse personalities. This is often a point difficult for students to grasp, as they tend to think of personality and situation as counteracting forces.” (Fried
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