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“12 Angry Men” Introduce Argentina to Trial by Jury

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It’s amazing how life can imitate art. This old classic film has educated Argentina on how Trials by Jury works. Now I just hope they don’t watch The Godfather :-)

Via latino.foxnews.com – Argentina is using the 1957 Hollywood classic, 12 Angry Men, to teach the public about how juries function, just days before the country’s largest province begins its first ever trial by jury.

Some 2,000 copies of the film are being shown and distributed in small villages, towns and universities throughout the province of Buenos Aires in a campaign launched by the government last summer to educate the population as well as convince skeptical lawyers and judges that juries can actually work.

The next week, a jury made up of 12 Argentinians will begin to put what they’ve learned, from the film and beyond, to the test.

See the dramatic Trailer here…

You can watch the full movie here…


Via robbinsrealm.wordpress.com – “One man is dead, another man’s life is at stake, if there’s a reasonable doubt in your minds as to the guilt of the accused, uh a reasonable doubt, then you must bring me a verdict of “Not Guilty”. If, however, there’s no reasonable doubt, then you must, in good conscience, find the accused “Guilty”. However you decide, your verdict must be unanimous. In the event that you find the accused “Guilty”, the bench will not entertain a recommendation for mercy. The death sentence is mandatory in this case. You’re faced with a grave responsibility, thank you, gentlemen.”

After those words are issued by the presiding judge, twelve men leave the courtroom in order to deliberate the fate of an eighteen year old who is accused of stabbing his father to death with a switchblade knife. The scene is one of only three minutes of screen time during the black and white film’s 96 minutes that takes place outside of the room the jury will be deliberating in. Premiering on April 10, 1957, in Los Angeles, California, Sidney Lumet’s (Dog Day Afternoon) first feature film is an absorbing and compelling drama. Written for the screen by prolific television writer Reginald Rose, based on his original story, despite receiving critical acclaim and three Oscar nominations, the movie was a commercial failure upon its initial release. Only with the passing of time has its importance in cinematic history grown, and has it achieved the reputation of a dramatic masterpiece that it so richly deserves.


Via robbinsrealm.wordpress.com – Does Juror #8 persuade his fellow jurors to find the boy not guilty by a reasonable doubt? Will the deliberations end in a hung jury, forcing another group of people to decide the boy’s fate? Will Juror #8 finally succumb to peer pressure and ignore his conscious in order to appease the other jurors? All of those questions are answered at the conclusion of the film’s runtime.

For fans of classic films, and outstanding dramas in general, this is a movie that must be seen.






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