Twelve Angry Jurors SYNOPSIS
A 19- year old may has just stood trial for the fatal stabbing of his father. “He doesn’t stand a chance,” mutters the guard as he leads the jurors off to deliberate. It looks like an open and shut case until one of the jurors begins to open the others’ eyes to the facts. “This is the remarkable thing about democracy,” says the foreign-born juror, “…that we are notified by mail to come down to this place and decide on the guilt or innocence of a man; of a man we have not known before. We have nothing to gain or lose by our verdict. We should not make it a personal thing.” But personal it does become, with each juror revealing his or her own character as testimonies are re-examined. Tempers get short, arguments grow heated and the jurors become 12 angry people. Reginal Rose and Sherman L. Sergel deliberately and carefully peel away the layers of artifice from the men and women and allow a fuller picture of them – and of America, at its best and worst-to form.