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The old man heard the fight between the boy and his father a few hours earlier

Juror #8:
[after conducting an experiment to see if the old man could have reached his door in 15 seconds]
Here's what I think happened: the old man heard the fight between the boy and his father a few hours earlier. Then, when he's lying in his bed, he heard a body hit the floor in the boy's apartment, heard the woman scream from across the street, got to his front door as fast as he could, heard somebody racing down the stairs and *assumed* it was the boy!
Juror #6:
I think that's possible!
Juror #3:
[from the other side of the room]
*"Assumed"?*
[Everyone looks at #3 as he chuckles]

Juror #3:
Brother, I've seen all kinds of dishonesty in my day, but this little display takes the cake. Y'all come in here with your hearts bleedin' all over the floor about slum kids and injustice, you listen to some fairy tales... Suddenly, you start gettin' through to some of these old ladies. Well, you're not getting through to me, I've had enough.
[starts shouting]

Juror #3:
What's the *matter* with you guys? You all *know* he's guilty! He's *got* to burn! You're letting him slip through our fingers!
Juror #8:
[brow furrowing]
"Slip through our fingers"? Are you his executioner?
Juror #3:
I'm one of 'em!
Juror #8:
...Perhaps you'd like to pull the switch?
Juror #3:
For this kid? You bet I would!
Juror #8:
[baiting him]
I feel sorry for you. What it must feel like to want to pull the switch! Ever since you walked into this room, you've been acting like a self-appointed public avenger. You want to see this boy die because you *personally* want it, not because of the facts! You're a sadist!
[#3 lunges wildly at #8, who holds his ground. Several jurors hold #3 back]

Juror #3:
I'll kill him! I'll - *kill him!*
Juror #8:
[calmly]
You don't *really* mean you'll kill me, do you?

Transcript:
Uh, exactly 41 seconds.
This is what I think happened.
The old man heard the fight between the boy
and his father a few hours earlier.
Then when he's lying in bed, he heard the
body hit the floor in the boy's apartment...
heard the woman scream from across the street,
got to his front door as fast as he could...
heard somebody racing down the stairs
and assumed it was the boy.
- I think that's possible.
- Assumed?
Oh.
Brother, I've seen all kinds of dishonesty in
my day, but this little display takes the cake.
You all come in here with your hearts bleeding all
over the floor about slum kids and injustice.
You listen to some fairy tales.
Suddenly you start getting through
to some of these old ladies.
Well, you're not getting through to me.
I've had enough.
What's the matter with you guys?
You all know he's guilty!
He's got to burn!
You're letting him slip
through our fingers.
"Slip through our fingers"?
Are you his executioner?
I'm one of 'em!
Perhaps you'd like to pull the switch.
For this kid, you bet I would.
I feel sorry for you. What it must
feel like to want to pull the switch.
Ever since you walked into this room, you've been
acting like a self-appointed public avenger.
You want to see this boy die because you
personally want it, not because of the facts.
- You're a sadist.
- You -
Let me go!
I'll kill him. I'll kill him!
You don't really mean you'll kill
me, do you?
Is there anything wrong, gentlemen?
I heard some noise.
Oh, no. Everything's all right. We're just -
You know, friendly little argument. It's -
Um, listen, we're through with that
diagram. You can take it if you want.
Here you are. Thank you.
What are you lookin' at?
I suppose somebody
has to start it off again.
- I beg pardon.
- "I beg pardon." What are you so polite about?
For the same reason you're not.
It's the way I was brought up.
This fighting -
That's not why we are here, to fight.
We have a responsibility.
This, I have always thought,
is a remarkable thing about democracy...
that we are -
Uh, what is the word?
Notified.
That we are notified by mail...
to come down to this place
to decide on the guilt or innocence...
of a man we have never heard of before.
We have nothing to gain or lose
by - by our verdict.
This is one of the reasons
why we are strong.
We should not make it a personal thing.
Thank you.
If nobody else has an idea,
I may have a cutie here.
I mean, I haven't given it much thought,
but let's throw it out on the stoop...
and see if the cat licks it up.
- The cat licks it up?
- Yeah. If the boy -
Look how dark it's getting out there.
I'll bet we're gonna have a storm now.
Boy, oh, boy. It's really hot, huh?
Pardon me, but don't you ever sweat?
No, I don't.
Well, listen. I, uh -
I was wondering if, uh, maybe -
maybe we should take another vote.
Oh, great. Maybe we can follow this one up
with a little dancing and refreshments, huh?
- Hmm.
- Mr. Foreman?
Well, that's okay with me.
Anyone doesn't want to vote?
- Hey, come on. Come on.
- I'm sorry.
I think we ought to have an open ballot -
call out our votes, you know.
Let's see who stands where.
That sounds fair to me.
Anyone object?
Okay. I'll call off your jury numbers.
One.
Oh, that's me. I vote guilty.
Two?
Not guilty.
- Number three?
- Guilty.
Number four?

Clip duration: 263 seconds
Views: 5
Movie: 12 Angry Men
Year: 1957
Genres: drama
Summary: A jury holdout attempts to prevent a miscarriage of justice by forcing his colleagues to reconsider the evidence.


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