Immediately, 3 attacks 8, voicing that the case was simple and the defendant is obviously guilty. A man who grew up in a violent slum, and does not take kindly to insults about his upbringing.
A young man has been accused of killing his father. As the jury foreman, he is somewhat preoccupied with his duties, although helpful to accommodate others. Juror 3 loses his temper and tears up a photo of himself and his son, then suddenly breaks down crying and changes his vote to "not guilty", making the vote unanimous.
Initially, 3 in his mind believes that the boy has committed the crime. Juror 3 is immediately vocal about the supposed simplicity of the case, and the obvious guilt of the defendant. At the beginning of the film, the cameras are positioned above eye level and mounted with wide-angle lensesto give the appearance of greater depth between subjects, but as the film progresses the focal length of the lenses is gradually increased.
Juror 5 then changes his vote. He says that this kind of boy is capable of anything. His poor relationship with his own son may have biased his views.
All jurors except 7 and 4 turn their backs to him. An assistant high school American football coach. At this point, a few of the last remaining Guilty jurors give up and change their verdicts.
Juror 8 argues that reasonable doubt exists, and that he therefore cannot vote "guilty", but concedes that he has merely hung the jury. He finally loses his temper and tears up a photo of him and his son, but suddenly breaks down crying and changes his vote to "not guilty", making the vote unanimous.
Juror 2 questions the likelihood that the boy, who was almost a foot shorter than his father, could have inflicted the downward stab wound found in the body.
Weiler of The New York Times wrote, "It makes for taut, absorbing, and compelling drama that reaches far beyond the close confines of its jury room setting. A complete kinescope of that performance, which had been missing for years and was feared lost, was discovered in He is polite and makes a point of speaking with proper English grammar.
The ballot is held and a new "not guilty" vote appears. If there is any reasonable doubt they are to return a verdict of not guilty.
Scheuer of the Los Angeles Times declared it a "tour de force in movie making,"  The Monthly Film Bulletin deemed it "a compelling and outstandingly well handled drama,"  and John McCarten of The New Yorker called it "a fairly substantial addition to the celluloid landscape.
Jurors 3 and 8 then conduct an experiment to see whether a shorter person could stab downwards on a taller person. He is the ninth to vote "not guilty", never giving the reason for changing his vote; played by Martin Balsam.
Juror 3 lunges at Juror 8, threatening to kill him, but is restrained by Jurors 1 and 5. By the end of the film, nearly everyone is shown in closeup, using telephoto lenses from a lower angle, which decreases or "shortens" depth of field.
When the remaining "guilty" voters are pressed to explain themselves, Juror 4 states that, despite all the previous evidence, the woman from across the street who saw the killing still stands as solid evidence.Twelve Angry Men.
A Classic American Drama. Behind closed doors, tensions run high as a lone juror argues the innocence of a teenager accused of murder. In this provocatively resonant American drama, 12 jurors from all strata of society revisit the evidence, debate the issue of reasonable doubt and confront each other's personal biases.
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In 'Twelve Angry Men' Rose sustains a tone tension throughout the play, the aim of this essay is to highlight and explain the different techniques Rose uses.
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