12 Angry Men

Topics: Jury, Verdict / Pages: 7 (2478 words) / Published: Feb 9th, 2015
12 ANGRY MEN

OVERVIEW

12 Angry Men is an American drama film written and co-produced by Rose himself and directed by Sidney Lumet in 1957. Movie tells the story of a jury made up of 12 men as they on purpose the guilt or discharge of the defendant on the basis of reasonable doubt. 12 Angry Men explores many techniques of agreement building, and the difficulties encountered in the process, among a group of men whose range of personalities adds intensity and conflict. No names are used in the film: the jury members are identified by number until two of them exchange names at the very end; the defendant is referred to as "the boy", and the witnesses as "the old man" and "the lady across the street".

The film “12 Angry Men” reflects many social psychology theories. This tense, persuasive film features a group of jurors who must decide the guilt or innocence of an accused murder. Initially eleven of the twelve jurors vote guilty. Step by step, through heated discussion, the jurors are converted to a not-guilty decision. Upon examination, the film highlights social psychology theories in areas of agreement, attitude change and group process.

Agreement within the context of the jury room conformity is a dangerous device. “Twelve Angry Men” exemplifies the power of informational social influence, theories developed. According to informational social influence individuals conform because they believe that other’s explanation of an unclear situation is most important, or valid, than their own. Social influence is a theory that posits the cause of individual agreement due to the possibility of appearing unexpected.
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STORY

The play is set in a New York City Court of Law jury room in 1957. The play opens to the empty jury room, and the Judge’s voice is heard, giving a set of final instructions to the jurors. We learn that this is a murder case and that, if found guilty, the mandatory sentence for the accused is the death

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