Category Archives: 12 Angry Men (1957)

Adapted from a Broadway play, director Sidney Lumet’s debut film, 12 Angry Men,  is about 12 jurors who must decide the fate of an 18-year-old charged with killing his father.

Henry Fonda, Angry Juror #8: Idealism in its Finest Hour

Sidney Lumet’s film 12 Angry Men is a patriotic movie that portrays America’s legal system in an honorable light. Juror #8, played by Henry Fonda, represents the idealistic citizen who is uncompromising in his stance to do the right thing against insurmountable odds.

Yet, according to Weiser (2016),

The hallowed jury trial is a right enshrined in the Constitution and immortalized in American culture. But these days, said Daniel C. Richman, a professor at Columbia Law School, ‘12 Angry Men is more a cultural concept than a regular happening.’

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