Twelve Angry Men

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 A landmark American drama which inspired a classic film and a Broadway revival

Reginald Rose's landmark American drama was a critically acclaimed teleplay, and went on to become a cinematic masterpiece in 1957 starring Henry Fonda, for which Rose wrote the adaptation. A blistering character study and an examination of the American melting pot and the judicial system that keeps it in check, Twelve Angry Men holds at its core a deeply patriotic belief in the U.S. legal ...

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Overview

 A landmark American drama which inspired a classic film and a Broadway revival

Reginald Rose's landmark American drama was a critically acclaimed teleplay, and went on to become a cinematic masterpiece in 1957 starring Henry Fonda, for which Rose wrote the adaptation. A blistering character study and an examination of the American melting pot and the judicial system that keeps it in check, Twelve Angry Men holds at its core a deeply patriotic belief in the U.S. legal system. The story's focal point, known only as Juror Eight, is at first the sole holdout in an 11-1 guilty vote. Eight sets his sights not on proving the other jurors wrong but rather on getting them to look at the situation in a clear-eyed way not affected by their personal biases. Rose deliberately and carefully peels away the layers of artifice from the men and allows a fuller picture of America, at its best and worst, to form.
 
This edition features an introduction by David Mamet.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780143104407
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/29/2006
  • Series: Penguin Classics Series
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 41,477
  • Product dimensions: 5.11 (w) x 7.75 (h) x 0.28 (d)

Meet the Author

Reginald Rose (1920–2002) won three Emmy awards for television writing as well as an Oscar for the feature-length adaptation of Twelve Angry Men.

David Mamet 's Glengarry Glen Ross won the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1984. He is also the author of Writing in Restaurants and On Directing Film, both available from Penguin.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2009

    definite teaching material

    I would highly recommend this play for anyone teaching American Literature, it is an easy read that students can relate to.

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  • Posted July 25, 2011

    Good book.

    This was recommended by my teenage son. He read this play at school. Interesting.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 30, 2009

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    Still good after all these years!

    This is a masterpiece! Still good after all these years. Loved it! It's a great price to buy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2003

    Doesn't Get any Better than This...

    Reginald Rose's TWELVE ANGRY MEN is one of the brilliant classic dramas that never get old. It never needed re-writing and editing in the first place; I honestly would have preferred it that way! This three-act play is a story of deliberating whether or not a Harlem boy murdered his father and a 'behind-the-scenes,' if you will, about how that decision is made. All I can say is, I'm glad that there are a few good men left out there. ^_^;

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2000

    A quick-reading classical courtroom drama!

    As an English teacher who has used this play in class year after year, I can only attest to the fact that this well-written, three act play is a hit every time. With no foul language or suggestive scenes, it can be read and enjoyed by everyone, everywhere! It is a very fast read, so if you need a quick drama, this in one that'll get you thinking! How would YOU have voted, guilty or not guilty?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 1999

    Twelve Angry Men

    I thought this book was great. I read the whole book in the matter of an hour. It was a kind of book you just can't put down and you wish that there was a second part or a sequel to the book!

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