12 Angry Men
SUBJECTS — U.S./1945 - 1991 & The Law (Jury Deliberations; Due Process);
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING — Justice;
MORAL-ETHICAL EMPHASIS — Fairness; Respect; Citizenship.
1957 Version: Age: 11+; Not Rated; Drama; 96 minutes; B & W.
1997 Version: Age: 11+; MPAA Rating: PG-13; Drama; 117 minutes; Color.
12 Angry Men shows jury deliberations in a murder trial from the inside:
-- the false starts
-- the personality conflicts
-- the anger and the prejudice
-- and finally the joint effort of several minds working together to find the truth.
The first vote is 11 to 1 to convict but ...
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12 Angry Men is one of the classics of American film and probably the best way to show students due process in action during the deliberations of a jury.
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Did the dissenting juror believe that the defendant was probably guilty or did he think the young man was innocent? Does it matter? Explain the reasons for your response.
One juror was prejudiced. Another juror wanted to get to a baseball game. Yet another juror was angry at his own son and, at first, wanted to take that anger out on the young defendant. How do the requirements of a unanimous verdict and proof beyond a reasonable doubt relate to the personal concerns that some jurors will bring to the jury room?
In this film, the dissenting juror did something that juror's are not supposed to do. What was it and why is it forbidden?
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