12 Angry Men
   
Introduction 
 

"Life Is In Their Hands -- Death Is On Their Minds!"


This film is one of the most gripping films in history. Wonderful acting all round from every juror and an incredible script give this film pure classic status. Sidney Lumet does wonderful stuff to increase the tension in this one room where all jurors are discussing the fate of this man on trial. Lumet does this by upping the emotional stakes and increasing the heat in the room.
Henry Fonda is brilliant as the only man whos can't decide on this juvenile. But the real star on show in this film is the script itself. it plays around with the case greatly and gives the audience a great detective story set in one room and a wonderful display of how ordinary people decide the fate of thousands every day. This film is gripping stuff and the tension never lets go. the ending is perfect as one of the jurors collapses in despair as he gives his thoughts

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Tasks
 

Please answer the questions below after watching the film 12 Angry Men;

  1. Was there anything you saw in the film of 12 Angry Men that was not covered in the New York State Juror’s Handbook?
  2. Describe the things you saw in 12 Angry Men that were explained in the New York State Juror’s Handbook?
  3. Why were the jurors so quick to come to their initial decision?
  4. Are the actions of Juror 8 believable? Why does he raise his concerns? Why is he allowed to?
  5. Describe how Juror 8 change the minds of the other jurors?
  6. Why do Jurors 3 and 10 stick so vehemently to their guilty verdicts?
  7. Why is the concept of reasonable doubt so important in coming to a guilty verdict?
  8. Why do the jurors in 12 Angry Men have such difficulty coming to a decision?
  9. What did you think of the movie

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Resources
 

Internet Movie Database (http://us.imdb.com/Title?0050083)


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 Evaluation 
 

Grading Rubric

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 Conclusion 
 

 

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Standards
 

 

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