12 Angry Men (1957) Poster

(1957)

George Voskovec: Juror 11

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  • Juror #8 : Let me ask you this: Do you really think the boy'd shout out a thing like that so the whole neighborhood could hear him? I don't think so - he's much too bright for that.

    Juror #10 : Bright? He's a common ignorant slob. He don't even speak good English.

    Juror #11 : [who has a foreign accent]  He *doesn't* speak good English.

  • Juror #11 : I beg pardon...

    Juror #10 : "I beg pardon?" What are you so polite about?

    Juror #11 : For the same reason you are not: it's the way I was brought up.

  • Juror #8 : [answering Juror #4's remark about where the father's body was found]  We're not, unless somebody else wants to; but *I'd* like to find out if an old man who drags one foot when he walks, 'cause he had a stroke last year, could get from his bedroom to his front door in 15 seconds.

    Juror #3 : He said 20 seconds.

    Juror #8 : [looks at him]  He said fifteen!

    Juror #3 : He said twenty seconds! What are you tryin' to distort...

    Juror #11 : He said fifteen.

    Juror #3 : [pause, then shouts]  How does he know how long fifteen seconds is? You can't judge a thing like that!

    Juror #9 : He said fifteen seconds. He was very positive about it!

    Juror #3 : He was an old man! Half the time he was confused! How could he be positive about anything?

    [stops, realizing what he's just admitted] 

  • Juror #10 : [when a new "not guilty" vote appears in a secret ballot]  All right, who was it? I wanna know.

    Juror #11 : Excuse me, this was a secret ballot. We all agreed on that. Now, if the gentleman wants it to remain secret...

    Juror #3 : "Secret"? What do you mean, "secret"? There are no secrets in a jury room, I know who it was.

    Juror #3 : [to Juror #5]  Brother, you really are somethin'. you sit here vote guilty like the rest of us, then some golden-voiced preacher starts tearing your poor heart out about some underprivileged kid, just couldn't help becoming a murderer, and you change your vote. Well, if that isn't the most sickening - *why don't you drop a quarter in his collection box?*

    Juror #5 : [astonished that #3 was accusing him, gets up]  Oh, now just wait a minute! Listen, you can't talk to me that! Who do you think you are?

    Juror #4 : Now calm down, calm down!

    Juror #5 : No, now who do you think you are?

    Juror #4 : It doesn't matter. He's very excitable. Just sit down...

    Juror #3 : [exploding]  "Excitable"? You bet I'm excitable! We're trying to put a guilty man in the chair where he belongs, and then someone starts telling us fairy tales and we're listening!

    Juror #1 : Heya, c'mon now.

    Juror #3 : [to Juror #5]  What made you change your vote?

    Juror #9 : He didn't change his vote - *I* did!

    Juror #10 : [everyone stares]  Ohhh, fine!

    Juror #9 : Would you like me to tell ya why?

    Juror #7 : No, I wouldn't like you to tell me why.

    Juror #9 : Well, I'd like to make it clear anyways, if you don't mind.

    Juror #10 : [impatient]  Do we *have* to listen to this?

    Juror #6 : [firmly]  The man wants to talk.

    Juror #9 : [to Juror #6]  Thank you.

    Juror #9 : [motions to Juror #8]  This gentleman has been standing alone against us. Now, he doesn't say that the boy is *not* guilty; he just isn't *sure*. Well, it's not easy to stand alone against the ridicule of others, so he gambled for support... and I gave it to him. I respect his motives. The boy is probably guilty, but - eh, I want to hear more. Right now the vote is 10 to 2...

    [Juror #7 gets up and heads to the bathroom] 

    Juror #9 : Now I'm talking here! You have no right to leave this room - !

    Juror #8 : [calmly stopping him]  He can't hear you, and he never will. Let's sit down.

  • Juror #3 : [when Juror #11 questions whether the boy would return home to retrieve the knife]  Look, you voted guilty. What side are ya on?

    Juror #11 : I don't believe I have to be loyal to one side or the other. I'm simply asking questions.

  • [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 #7 : I don't know about the rest of 'em but I'm gettin' a little tired of this yakity-yack and back-and-forth, it's gettin' us nowhere. So I guess *I'll* have to break it up; I change my vote to "not guilty."

    Juror #3 : You *what?*

    Juror #7 : You heard me, I've... had enough.

    Juror #3 : Whaddaya mean, you've had enough? That's no answer!

    Juror #7 : Hey, listen, you just uh... take care of yourself, 'uh? You know?

    Juror #11 : He's right. That's not an answer. What kind of a man are you? You have sat here and voted "guilty" with everyone else because there are some baseball tickets burning a hole in your pocket? And now you've changed your vote because you say you're sick of all the talking here?

    Juror #7 : Now listen, buddy - !

    Juror #11 : Who tells you that you have the right like this to play with a man's life? Don't you care...

    Juror #7 : Now wait a minute! You can't talk like that to me - !

    Juror #11 : I *can* talk like that to you! If you want to vote "not guilty", then do it because you are convinced the man is not guilty, not because you've "had enough". And if you think he is guilty, then vote that way! Or don't you have the guts to do what you think is right?

    Juror #7 : Now listen...

    Juror #11 : Guilty or not guilty?

    Juror #7 : I told ya! Not guilty!

    Juror #11 : Why?

    Juror #7 : ...Look, I don't have tuh...

    Juror #11 : You *do* have to! *Say* it! *Why?*

    Juror #7 : Uhh... I don't, uh... think he's guilty!

    [Juror #11 stares back with impatient resignation, and finally returns to his seat] 

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