I thought this would be a good entertainment break if anyone wants one, from the media spin of the Fluke/Martin/??? election year media circus.
While the movie is about a criminal trial, it can also apply to the media. The movie is a good reminder that while the media does not care at all about who it destroys, there are real lives at stake in who it chooses to put on trial, and the rest of us should care.
I find it fortunate that we live in a time where bloggers and the internet can pick apart an offical pre-packaged story and get closer to the truth, like these jurors.
The whole film is available at the link.
It seemed to me, watching 12 angry men, that Fonda raised the level of proof from beyond a reasonable doubt to beyond a possibility. I thought the kid was guilty using the reasonable doubt standard.
Yes, it was propaganda. Fonda was always typecast as the enlightened voice of liberal reason. Where would we have been without him to teach us correct thought?
A terrible movie. So many stereotypes and caricatures; it is enough to make you sick or make you laugh, depending on your mood. Its not propaganda, it is Hollywood ultra left bias.
For wrestling with issues of justice, I have always preferred “Judgment at Nuremburg”.
I am all for jury nullification when appropriate - either way.
Protect the public and sound western ethics will guide any American-American jurist. Our elitists (those making too many laws and unconstitutional laws, at that) are corrupt and insane. I trust me more than them and I can talk and try to persuade a jury of my peers. I’ve done it.
Some here don’t like it, but I think that it is really a good film. True it is liberal propaganda, but still it shows how one man can make a difference by persuasion.
The ending is fantastic. The jurors don’t know each others names. In the last scene the Fonda character and another introduce themselves.
Then, the Fonda character walks out into the crowded side walk and become one with the people again.
This shows that we all have a civic duty.
I am pretty sure that the image of Fonda walking out into the street after fulfilling his duty was alluded to by Reagan in the Farewell speech:
“And how stands the city on this winter night? More prosperous, more secure, and happier than it was 8 years ago. But more than that: After 200 years, two centuries, she still stands strong and true on the granite ridge, and her glow has held steady no matter what storm. And she’s still a beacon, still a magnet for all who must have freedom, for all the pilgrims from all the lost places who are hurtling through the darkness, toward home.
We’ve done our part. And as I walk off into the city streets, a final word to the men and women of the Reagan revolution, the men and women across America who for 8 years did the work that brought America back. My friends: We did it. We weren’t just marking time. We made a difference. We made the city stronger, we made the city freer, and we left her in good hands. All in all, not bad, not bad at all.
And so, goodbye, God bless you, and God bless the United States of America.”
There’s a pretty good Russian remake of the movie a few years back, simply titled “12”. In that case the innocent teen was “Caucasian” (i.e. Muslim from the Caucasus region).
One of the great things about this movie, that I don’t think is so common nowadays is the class of actors involved. There was an excellent remake done in 1997, with Jack Lemmon and George C. Scott, and the rest of the cast also top quality. In some ways it is better than the 1957 version. Apparently there was an even earlier version done for television, although I don’t know if this was preserved.
Typical liberal movie (Henry Fonda) where all the white men (except Fonda) are racists.