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Twelve Angry Men

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  22,742 ratings  ·  1,231 reviews
A landmark American drama that inspired a classic film and a Broadway revival—featuring an introduction by David Mamet

A blistering character study and an examination of the American melting pot and the judicial system that keeps it in check, Twelve Angry Men holds at its core a deeply patriotic faith in the U.S. legal system. The play centers on Juror Eight, who is at firs
Paperback, 73 pages
Published August 29th 2006 by Penguin Classics (first published 1954)
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Richard Definitely! Reading the words and hearing them in your own head allows you to interpret them for yourself rather than having a actor do it for you. Be…moreDefinitely! Reading the words and hearing them in your own head allows you to interpret them for yourself rather than having a actor do it for you. Besides, no matter how many times you see or read this play there is always more to experience and learn.(less)
nidhi reddy yes! i read it in one sitting under an hour from 12-1am

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"Oh. Well...
I just think he's guilty. I thought it was obvious."

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This is a passionate play about twelve jurors who must decide whether a boy who's charged with premeditated homicide of his father, is guilty or not.

Only one member of the jury believes there's a reasonable doubt as to the guilt of the accused, and forces the other jurors to examine the evidence more thoroughly.

The fierce argument that follows is a powerful warning against rash judgment and condemnation based on ignorance, pre
You would think they would've forced us to watch Twelve Angry Men in law school, but they didn't. After reading the play and watching the movie a few weeks ago, I feel like every American should have to read Twelve Angry Men. The play centers on a jury deliberation. During several heated hours (literally and figuratively), twelve men discuss whether the verdict they come to will exonerate a young man for the murder of his father, or condemn him to a death sentence that the judge explained he had ...more
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: modern-classics

I have commited a book crime. I watched the movie adaptation first and... *gasps* enjoyed the ending of the movie better. Still an incredible play that I would recommend anyone to read!!

Some plays you need to see performed to really feel the pathos. This is not one of those plays. The words jump off the pages even with just a casual read. It is a rallying cry for the American justice system, though arguably as much a "what should be" as a "what actually is."
I found it moving and inspiring. Definitely an instant favorite.
Jonathan Terrington
The following will be a twelve thousand word dissertation on the seventy page long play by Reginald Rose. Or maybe not. Maybe I'll simply stick to reviewing.

Recently I've been reading several plays and short stories. In part because I'm required to (like this one) and in part because I enjoy the difference in media. So I shall promptly go over what makes Twelve Angry Men different.

The play itself covers the case of an apparently guilty boy claimed to have stabbed his father. The prosecution app
This was an LA Theater Works edition. They did a really good job capturing the arguments, prejudices, & attitudes with voices that were easily distinguished. The story is fantastic, of course. The only issue I had with this was the laugh tracks. Honest, they had laugh tracks! There's not a damn thing funny about any of this. I'm not particularly PC or easily offended by inappropriate laughter, but the laughter jarred me badly. I'm taking 2 stars off for it. Yes, this was a 5 star audiobook witho ...more
Dec 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Facts may be coloured by the personalities of the people who present them.”
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I remember watching the movie in class and enjoyed it so much, so I just had to read the book! Honestly, this should be a compulsory read or watch for everyone in school

Facts may be coloured by the personalities of the people who present them

This is basically about 12 jurors who have to decide if a guy is guilty of committing murder, and if he's found guilty, he would die! At first, all but one (Juror 8) think he's guilty but as the story continues, they start picking apart the case.

It's kind
Connie G
Dec 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: law, play, classic
The twelve angry men in this play are members of a jury deliberating during a homicide trial. They must come to an unanimous decision of "guilty" or "not guilty" to prevent a hung jury. Their decision has serious consequences since a guilty charge will result in a death sentence. Eleven jurors are ready to make a snap decision of guilty and head home, but one dissenting juror has a reasonable doubt. He prompts the other jurors to examine the evidence more closely.

The young man on trial is a mino
Liz Janet
Oct 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
First of all, go and watch the film version of this with Henry Fonda, as it is one of the greatest films of all time. I have yet to meet one person that did not like nor appreciate the importance of that film.

“There were eleven votes for “guilty.” It’s not easy for me to raise my hand and send a boy off to die without talking about it first.” This short play follows a jury, as they try to pass a verdict on a homicide case. Juror 8 believes there is reasonable doubt while all the other men have
I love this. It's so brilliant in so many ways.

I remember reading this in school and thinking how unfair it was of the main "antagonist" juror, #3, to disregard all points regarding anything that might lead to a not-guilty verdict simply because of his own personal prejudices and opinions.

It's interesting to me now how that tells me as much about myself as it does about the characters. Back then, I thought that Juror 3 was a mean man, almost evil, and that he just wanted the defendant to die t
Jun 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: modern-lit, pairs, drama
I made some comments about this play in my review of The Affair As an afterthought, I think it is worth mentioning something about the maleness of both. Females are involved in none of the overt process of decision making in either work. Nonetheless, there is a striking difference between them. Twelve Angry Men is just that. But The Affair has a strong female presence. The men who have wives are highly influenced by them. It is the women who impel the men to action and it is the women who want j ...more
Doreen Petersen
Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Excellent book and it was an excellent movie as well! A definite must read!
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: screenplays, 4-star
A classic that lives up to its reputation.

I'm not going to do a plot summary because really, most people don't need it. It's ubiquitous for American Poli-Sci teachers to throw this bad boy on the screen, right? At least it was around where I grew up. I'm pretty sure I watched it multiple times throughout junior high and high school.

I understand why. The play retains its weight and clarity despite the decades that have passed, which indicates to me that something very powerful was communicated
Jazzy Lemon
I've read this a few times before and seen the film. This is one of those books everyone should read.
Tatevik Najaryan
I always wondered how the system of decision making in courts with the jurors worked, as our judicial system is without this institution. We always see how it works in courtrooms from movies, but never what's going on behind the doors. I really enjoyed the story, the clever way of interpreting pieces of evidence, logical thinking. This guy, the 8th juror, I really liked him. He reminded me of Vinny from the movie My Cousin Vinny. He should have been the boy's attorney.

This was a quick read, as i
Feb 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: engl-7701
I was very excited about reading "Twelve Angry Men." I've seen the film, so when I saw that the play was a choice for class reading, I couldn't wait to read it.

My immediate response to the text was that I couldn't put it down. I was compelled by the 8th Juror's arguments and by figuring out each individual's demeanor and attitude, I loved discovering more and more about each character as I read about their interaction with other characters. As I continue reading, I'm not only motivated by the ul
Troy Blackford
May 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
WOW! What a play! This was amazing stuff. Though you can sense it is getting up there in years, it doesn't seem nearly as dated as many of the things of its era. I had heard of this my whole life but never really known much about it. It didn't take long to realize that I was dealing with a major work of incredible power. Heavily recommended.
Horace Derwent
Dec 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
no doubt a typical example of what a muthafakking best of the best muthafakkers is

still be in one century for sure

"It takes a great deal of courage to stand alone"

When I like a book, I can give it 5 stars without a single word, but this one is different.

What can I call it? it's "us" the people we meet every day and how they think, act and feel.

You may see them act as if they know the whole truth about anything.

They may feel they're unwanted or unimportant.

And they get excited sometimes and they want to take revenge on a wrong person.

But at the end, they admit their guilt.

Excellent play. It's amazing to me that the whole thing takes place in one room.

Content: some language

2019 challenge: a book that takes place in a single day
Nov 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: play

Never having seen the play, I picked this up as a "Book You Can Read in a Day" and read it in a little over an hour. There is so much packed into so few words. I loved it.
Dec 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult, classics
Interesting and thoughtful read!
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classic, play
I just so enjoyed this short and powerful play! Why did I read it today? Of course - its my middle son's 8th grade English assignment. They are going to act it out in class. Although he/they have only finished Act One, I gotta tell you, I thought this was the perfect read for him. He will learn something about how to deep consider something before you make what feels like an easy clear cut decision. He will learn to listen, and think, and not be persuaded by others. One man, Juror #8, starts off ...more
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Guilty or not guilty? That's the question.

A 16-year-old boy charged with patricide.
A jury trying to reach a verdict: Guilty or not guilty?
If all 12 jurors find him guilty, he will be executed.
A difficult task awaits.

I remember going to the theatre to see the play many years ago and I was quite affected by it. It completely shattered my belief in justice system and made me realize what a fragile thing it is to decide whether someone is guilty of a crime or not.
In this script, we watch as the juro
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a very short book. In fact, I think this isn't a book. It's a script. But this one wasn't disappointing like Harry Potter 8, with a dragging story and almost no point of dialog or movement, this one cut straight to the point. Just 12 people, a jury, to have a talk over whether a boy lives or not. The fact that the author could make all the evidence to convict the boy icebergs is incredible. On first sight you think the boy is definitely a murderer, but dig deeper and you realize, there's ...more

I read this play as I'm considering taking part in the production and I really enjoyed it.

In the 12 angry men, you see all the different types of people. You have juror 8, who stood against all the others, did not give in to peer pressure and stood his ground. On the other hand of the spectrum, we have juror 3, a bitter, stubborn and biased man.

The play has a very strong message. It's so easy to condemn and judge someone from the safety of our comfortable jury rooms/homes/offices.
An important play - today more than ever.

"A powerful warning against rash judgment and condemnation based on ignorance, prejudice or casualness and a reminder of how one courageous person can make a difference by confronting other people's opinions." (from Greta's review)

In the end we know as much as the jury which drives me crazy but is brilliant.

Around the Year Challenge 2018: A legal thriller.
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
This play was a fun way to wrap-up my school year with my sophomores. It’s instantly engaging, fast, interesting, and gets straight to the chase. I can’t believe I never read this sooner!

Juror Eight’s vigilance for what is just and right and his care for due diligence makes him a fantastic hero and protagonist. His attention to detail and grasp on everyone in the juror’s room is captivating. I absolutely understand why he’s in the top heroes for the AFI list. Imagine if he was a juror for Attic
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Reginald Rose (December 10, 1920 – April 19, 2002) was an American film and television writer most widely known for his work in the early years of television drama. Rose's work is marked by its treatment of controversial social and political issues. His realistic approach helped create the slice of life school of television drama, which was particularly influential in the anthology programs of the ...more

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