Twelve Angry Men, written by Reginald Rose and directed by Sidney Lumet, has an ominous opening scene.
A judge addresses a jury, who has to deliberate a verdict.
A verdict, which may end the life of a young man accused of premeditated homicide.
Twelve men will decide the fate of a thirteenth.
Twelve men will need to "separate the facts from the fancy".
Twelve men chosen to play God.
How will they fare?
How would you fare?
JUDGE. "Murder in the first degree—premeditated homicide—is the most serious charge tried in our criminal courts. You’ve heard a long and complex case, gentlemen, and it is now your duty to sit down to try and separate the facts from the fancy. One man is dead. The life of another is at stake. If there is a reasonable doubt in your minds as to the guilt of the accused … then you must declare him not guilty. If, however, there is no reasonable doubt, then he must be found guilty. Whichever way you decide, the verdict must be unanimous. I urge you to deliberate honestly and thoughtfully. You are faced with a grave responsibility. Thank you, gentlemen."