Review of '12 Angry Men'

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In Twelve Angry Men, the prosecution and the defense have rested and the jury is filing into the jury room to decide if a young Spanish-American boy is innocent or guilty of murdering his father. What starts out as an open and shut case of murder becomes instead a mini-drama of each of the jurors' lives, preconceptions and prejudices and preconceptions about the trial, the accused and ultimately, each other. Based on the stage play, all of the film's action takes place in the jury room. On the surface, the case appears to be open-and-shut due to several facts: 1) The defendant possess only a weak alibi 2) a knife the boy claimed to have lost is then found at the murder scene by the police 3) several witnesses claimed to have been heard screaming, observed the killing or the boy running from the scene. In the beginning, 11 of the jurors immediately vote guilty with only Juror No. 8 casting a not guilty vote. At first the juror (Mr. Davis) bases the vote more for the sake of discussion. The jurors in the room must believe beyond a reasonable doubt that the boy defendant is guilty of murdering his father. As the jury's deliberations unfold, the story quickly becomes an intimate study of the jurors' very complex personalities. These personalities range from the wise, bright and empathetic to the arrogant or prejudiced and even merciless. This provides the immediate backdrop to Mr. Davis' attempts to convince the other jurors that a "not guilty" verdict might be appropriate
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