12 Angry Men (1957)
John Fiedler: Juror 2
Juror #2 : It's hard to put into words. I just think he's guilty. I thought it was obvious from the word, 'Go'. Nobody proved otherwise.
Juror #8 : Nobody has to prove otherwise. The burden of proof is on the prosecution. The defendant doesn't even have to open his mouth. That's in the Constitution.
[Juror #9 has pointed out that the witness across the street had marks on her nose, indicating that she normally wore glasses]
Juror #8 : [to Juror #4] Do you wear glasses when you go to bed?
Juror #4 : No. I don't. No one wears eyeglasses to bed.
Juror #8 : It's logical to assume that *she* wasn't wearing them when she was in bed - tossing and turning, trying to fall asleep!
Juror #3 : How do *you* know?
Juror #8 : I don't *know* - I'm guessing! I'm also guessing that she probably didn't put her glasses on when she turned to look casually out of the window - and she herself testified the killing took place just as she looked out, the lights went off a split second later - she couldn't have had *time* to put them on then!
[stops #3 from stopping him]
Juror #8 : Here's another guess: maybe she honestly thought she saw the boy kill his father - I say she only saw a blur!
Juror #3 : How do you know *what* she saw? How does he know all that? How do you know *what* kind of glasses she wore? Maybe they were sunglasses, maybe she was far-sighted! What do you *know* about her?
Juror #8 : I only know the woman's eyesight is in question now!
Juror #11 : She had to be able to identify a person sixty feet away, at night, without glasses.
Juror #2 : You can't send someone off to die on evidence like that!
Juror #3 : Oh, don't give me that.
Juror #8 : Don't you think the woman *might* have made a mistake?
Juror #3 : [stubbornly] No!
Juror #8 : It's not *possible?*
Juror #3 : No, it's not possible!
Juror #8 : [gets up and speaks to Juror #12] Is it possible?
Juror #12 : [nods] Not guilty.
Juror #8 : [goes to #10] You think he's guilty?
[#10 shakes his head "no"]
Juror #3 : *I* think he's guilty!
Juror #8 : [ignores #3; goes to #4] How about you?
Juror #4 : [looks at #8, pauses, then shakes head] No... I'm convinced. Not guilty.
Juror #3 : [shocked, having just lost all support] What's the matter with ya?
Juror #4 : I have a reasonable doubt now.
Juror #9 : Eleven to one!
Juror #8 : [taking a cough drop that Juror #2 offered him] There's something else I'd like to talk about for a minute. Thanks. I think we've proved that the old man couldn't have heard the boy say "I'm gonna kill you", but supposing he did...
Juror #10 : [interrupting] You didn't prove it at all. What're you talking about?
Juror #8 : But supposing he really *did* hear it. This phrase, how many times have all of us used it? Probably thousands. "I could kill you for that, darling." "Junior, you do that once more and I'm gonna kill you." "Get in there, Rocky, and kill him!"... See, we say it every day. That doesn't mean we're gonna kill anyone.
Juror #3 : Wait a minute, what are you trying to give us here? The phrase was "I'm gonna kill you"; the kid yelled it at the top of his lungs... Don't tell me he didn't mean it! Anybody says a thing like that the way he said it, they mean it!
Juror #2 : Well, gee now, I don't know.
[Everyone looks at #2]
Juror #2 : I remember I was arguing with the guy I work next to at the bank a couple of weeks ago. He called me an idiot, so I yelled at him.
Juror #3 : [pointing at #8] Now listen, this guy's tryin' to make you believe things that aren't so! The kid said he was gonna kill him, and he *did* kill him!
Juror #8 : Let me ask you this: do you really think the kid would shout out a thing like that so the whole neighborhood could hear him? I don't think so; he's much to bright for that.
Juror #10 : Bright? He's a common, ignorant slob. He don't even speak good English.
Juror #11 : [looking up] He *doesn't* even speak good English.
Juror #4 : I'll take the testimony from right after the murder, when he couldn't remember a thing about the movies, great emotional stress or not.
Juror #8 : I'd like to ask you a personal question.
Juror #4 : Go ahead.
Juror #8 : Where were you last night?
Juror #4 : I was home all night.
Juror #8 : How about the night before that?
Juror #3 : What is this?
Juror #4 : It's all right. I left the office at 8:30 and went straight home and to bed.
Juror #8 : And the night before that?
Juror #4 : That was... Tuesday night. The bridge tournament. I played bridge.
Juror #8 : Monday night?
Juror #3 : When you get to New Year's Eve, 1954, let me know.
Juror #4 : Monday night? Monday night... my wife and I went to the movies.
Juror #8 : What did you see?
Juror #4 : "The Scarlet Circle". A whodunit.
Juror #8 : What was the second feature?
Juror #4 : "The"... I'll tell you in a minute..."The... Remarkable Mrs." something... "Bainbridge". "The Remarkable Mrs. Bainbridge".
Juror #2 : I saw that. It's called "The Amazing Mrs. Bainbridge".
Juror #4 : Yes. "The Amazing Mrs. Bainbridge".
Juror #8 : Who was in "The Amazing Mrs. Bainbridge"?
Juror #4 : Barbara... Long, I think it was. A dark, very pretty girl. Ling or... Long, something like that.
Juror #8 : Who else?
Juror #4 : I'd never heard of them before. It was a very inexpensive second feature, with unknown...
Juror #8 : And you weren't under an emotional stress, were you?
Juror #4 : [slowly, realizing] No. I wasn't.