12 Angry Men (1957 film)

Through the film, Twelve Angry Men, Sidney Lumet suggest that the judicial system has more strengths than it does flaws 11th Grade

The accentuation of a period in history where intuition and intimation were used to condemn individuals is reflected in Sidney Lumet's 12 Angry Men, which stands in stark counterpoint to these injustices, typified by the oppressive power of McCarthyism in 1950s American society. The film, directed in 1957 and based on the screenplay by original author Reginald Rose, is a biting courtroom drama that explores the fragility of justice and the power one person has to elicit change. Throughout his film, Lumet contends that despite the flaws evident in the judiciary system, the strengths certainly outweigh these flaws. Lumet's 12 Angry Men shares a glimpse into an idealistic judicial system and the vital aspects it entails, where honesty and justice triumphs over prejudicial animosity. However, the focus of prejudice throughout demonstrates how notions hinder the ability of justice ever prevailing, reflecting the numerous flaws of the judicial system. Ultimately, Lumet encourages the 20th century and modern audience to vigilantly understand and comply with their civic responsibility, and through this, protect the safeguards of the justice system.

Lumet’s film establishes the virtues of the notion of “reasonable doubt” in the absence...

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