Ed Begley, E.G. Marshall, Jack Warden, Joseph Sweeney
Nominated for 3 Academy Awards: Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Director, Best Picture
Date of Release
April 10, 1957
Henry Fonda, Reginald Rose
Setting and Context
New York County Court House
Narrator and Point of View
Tone and Mood
Dramatic, somber, realistic, conversational
Protagonist and Antagonist
Protagonist: 8. Antagonist: 3
The jurors on a murder case cannot agree on a verdict, and Juror 8 makes a strong argument for the fact that the case isn't as open-and-shut as his peers think. He meets much resistance from his fellow jurors, particularly Juror 3, who has a violent and bullying streak.
When 3 breaks down in tears and agrees on a "not guilty" verdict.
The jurors understate the gravity of the case. If they vote "guilty," they will be sending a teenager to his death.
Innovations in Filming or Lighting or Camera Techniques
Lumet's use of camera angles, telephoto lenses, and wide-angle lenses created unique and innovative depictions of space.
Allusions to the Yankees and sports.
The jurors who believe the boy is guilty cannot provide concrete evidence about their beliefs, but they hold firm to their conviction.
We see the jurors entering the room at the beginning of the film, and leaving the courthouse at the end.
12 Angry Men (1957 film) Questions and Answers
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