12 Angry Men Film Analysis

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12 Angry Men

For many books, details are missed or changed when a movie is made. Though most of the time this can lead to problems, this is not the case with 12 Angry Men. 12 Angry Men is about 12 Jurors trying to decide whether a boy is guilty or innocent. Following the closing arguments in a murder trial, the boy seems undeniably guilty, and likewise, 11 of the jurors start with a vote of guilty. The only juror standing up for him is juror number 8, Henry Fonda, and the rest of the story follows how he uses his arguments and convinces the rest of the jurors to vote acquittal. Unlike many other book - movie duos, in this case the director is able to not only retain all important details, he is able to improve on the book by removing unnecessary details, convey emotion realistically, and background noise. Firstly, the removal of unnecessary details helps improve the movie when the dialogue is removed during Juror #10’s rant, and when Juror #7’s anti-immigrant personality is omitted from the movie. When Juror #10 starts talking about “that type” of people and how “life don’t mean as much to them,” (Rose 64) in the book the other jurors try to tell him to stop, which conveys the wrong feeling because it shows they are listening to him. On the other hand, in the movie, they simply walk to a corner of the room and ignore him, which shows that they don’t want to listen and will continue to ignore him, which actually showed how they felt better than when they tried to talk.
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