12 Angry Men and the Psychology of the Jury Room
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... 12 Angry Men and the Psychology of the Jury Room Twelve men, all of them strangers to one another, are shut up in a small, hot room to decide the fate of a young man from the slums. They literally hold the man’s life in their hands—if they vote guilty, he will be put to death for the crime of which he is accused. The 1957 film 12 Angry Men perfectly captures the tension of the jury room, where life-and-death decisions come down to not only careful deliberation, but inner prejudices, self-concerned personal priorities, and invective. Ultimately, the human ego plays just as important a role in the film’s outcome as the examination of evidence and witnesses in that cloistered room. The protagonist of...