12 Angry Men script
12 Angry Men (1957)
Synopsis: Following the closing arguments in a murder trial, the 12 members of the jury must deliberate, with a guilty verdict meaning death for the accused, an inner-city teen. As the dozen men try to reach a unanimous decision while sequestered in a room, one juror (Henry Fonda) casts considerable doubt on elements of the case. Personal issues soon rise to the surface, and conflict threatens to derail the delicate process that will decide one boy's fate.

NO. 7:
(to NO. 6). Y' know something? It's hot. (NO. 6 nods.) You'd think they'd at least air condition the place.

I almost dropped dead in court.

[NO. 7 opens the window a bit wider. The guard looks them over and checks his count. Then, satisfied, he

makes ready to leave.]

GUARD:
Okay, gentlemen. Everybody's here. If there's anything you want, I'm right outside. Just knock.

[He exits, closing the door. Silently they all look at the door. We hear the lock clicking.]

NO. 5:
I never knew they locked the door.

NO. 10:
(blowing nose). Sure, they lock the door. What did you think?

NO. 5:
I don't know. It just never occurred to me.

[Some of the jurors are taking off their jackets. Others are sitting down at the table. They still are reluctant to

talk to each other. FOREMAN is at head of table, tearing slips of paper for ballots. Now we get a close shot of

NO. 8:
He looks out the window. We hear NO. 3 talking to NO. 2]

NO. 3:
Six days. They should have finished it in two. Talk, talk, talk. Did you ever hear so much talk about

nothing?

NO. 2:
(nervously laughing). Well… I guess . . . they're entitled.

NO. 3:
Everybody gets a fair trial. (He shakes his head.) That's the system. Well, I suppose you can't say

anything against it.

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