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12 Angry Men

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The case goes about a nineteen-year-old boy who is suspect to have murdered his father and his fate now lies in the hands of 12 men from all walks of life, each with his own agenda, fears, and personal demons. By the question if he is guilty or not guilty, the results are: 11 guilty, and 1 not guilty, but it has to be an unanimous decision. One of the jurors, nr 8, begins opening the others' eyes to the facts. It is a real fight between nr.8 and nr.3. As the evidence is scrutinised, tensions mount, tempers rise... and the 12 jurors are forced to confront their bitter prejudices in a struggle for the truth. Then the other jurors immediately begin questioning the man, not understanding how he could possibly think that way. The man responds by saying that he "only wants to talk." All the evidence is being undermined by nr. 8: a woman who claimed to have seen the boy, hadn't seen him at all because time was to short; she had to wake up, and put her glasses on but there was not that much time to do so. There was also someone under the house of the father who claimed to have heard it and then runned outside in 15 seconds. After running this route again, they came to the conclusion that this was not possible in 15 seconds! The discussions become personal, with each juror revealing his own character, as the various testimonies are re-examined. The arguments grow heated, and the jurors become twelve angry people. Then the knife of the murder came up. Nr. 8 proved that there are a lot of people who own such knife. Nr. 8 seemed to be right about this all and the results were: 11 not guilty and 1 guilty. After a lot of pressure of nr.8 on nr.3, he also voted finally not guilty.

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