To recap --
Dev Sethi -- Murder on a Sunday Morning
Matt Schmidt -- 12 Angry Men
Today, Jim Campbell weighs in with his thoughts:
My favorite law movie is Twelve Angry Men.
It shows us the deliberations of 12 men deciding the fate of a young man accused of robbery and murder. It takes place almost entirely in a hot, pressure cooker of a jury room in New York City in the summer, which acts as a metaphor for the action in the movie. The wonder of the movie is how moves through the deliberation process of a jury. At first, the members are near unanimous in their fervent belief in the young man's guilt. One man, Henry Fonda, holds out and despite fervent protest, requires that the others talk about the case. In this process, the juror's backgrounds, lives, and prejudices come to the forefront. In the end, the jury builds a consensus of not guilty, and the lone holdout, actor Lee Cobb, dramatically breaks down and reveals that his belief is based only on prejudice and his own childhood experiences.