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12 angry men4

12 Angry Men
This essay will compare & contrast the protagonist/antagoni st's relationship with each
other and the other jurors in the play and in the movie versions of Reginald Rose's 12
Angry Men. There aren't any changes made to the key part of the story but yet the minor
changes made in making the movie adaptation produce a different picture than what one
imagines when reading the drama in the form of a play.

First off, the settings in the movie are a great deal more fleshed out. In the play, the
scene begins with the jurors regarding the judge's final statements concerning the case in
the courtroom and then walking out into the jury room. In the movie, the audience is
placed in the role of the invisible casual observer, who for perhaps the first 5 minutes
of the movie, walks throughout the court building passing other court rooms, lawyers,
defendants, security officers, elevators, etc. Not able to remember much about this
particular part of the movie, I believe this introductory scene's purpose was to either
enhanced the realism of the setting by emphasizing the court building's efficient,
business like manner or to provide a timeslot in which to roll the credits for producer,
director, stars, etc. The settings aren't only built upon through use of scenery and
extras in the movie. Invisible and distant in the play, we see in the movie the judge,
bailiff, those witnessing the trial and most importantly of all- the defendant. This is an
important change because in the play, we are free to come up with our own unbiased
conclusions as to the nature and identity of the defendant, whom we only know to a be a 19
year boy from the slums. Seeing his haggard and worn face in the movie changes all of
that, yet for better or worse, it engages the audience deeper into the trial as they
surely will sympathize with him and can gain some insight into why, later, Juror 8 does so
as well. Of final note in this summary of points concerning the differences in setting,
the jurors all mention the heat wave affecting the city when they begin, and as it
agitates them, it serves to heighten the tension between each other and their resentment
or other feelings towards jury duty. Oh- also lastly, I think we can infer that the movie
takes place in Manhattan, New York City. Which jurors are from which boroughs is easily
obvious and yet I'm hesitant to say that the defendant could be from any of them- slums
were persistent in those times.

Concerning the characterization of the cast and their conflicts with each other, the movie
holds true to the play's guidelines. For the most part, each character I saw in the movie
matched up with the picture my mind's eye had painted whilst I was reading the play. One
thing irked me however: all the jurors seemed at least 10 years older that I had imagined
them. For instance, I had seen Juror 8- the protagonist of the play and Juror 3- his
rival, the antagonist as being perhaps 30-ish or so and spirited and vibrant in their
arguments. While somewhat vibrant they were, their age made them seem to come across as
being more stubborn and grumpy (at least in, Juror 3's case) than lively. Even Juror 2-
the meek, weak and timid-spoken one, I thought would be so because of the age disparity
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