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Gr 9 Up-This excellent anthology focuses on Reginald Rose's play about a jury deliberating the fate of a disadvantaged Hispanic teen accused of murdering his father. It was originally produced live for the television series Studio One in 1954 and later made into the classic film starring Henry Fonda. In recent years, it has found new life as a Broadway production and in another television version. This volume brings together a wealth of information, from a biography of the playwright to interviews with Fonda, and a concluding chapter on "Jury Behavior in Real Life." Also included is criticism of the productions and the screenplay itself, as well as brief insights from a variety of observers, including Eleanor Roosevelt, Fran ois Truffaut, and Pauline Kael. The book concludes with an excellent bibliography and an index. It will be a valuable addition to both American literary-criticism and film-studies collections. It also might be of use in criminal justice courses, where jury behavior is explored.-Elizabeth M. Reardon, McCallie School, Chattanooga, TN Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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Table of Contents

Foreword 9
Introduction 11
Reginald Rose: A Biography 13
Characters and Plot 27
Chapter 1 Insights from the Makers of Twelve Angry Men
1. Creating the Original Story 36
2. The Challenges of Screenwriting the 1957 Film Version 40
3. The Challenges of Directing the 1957 Film Version 44
4. Filming Twelve Angry Men on a Single Set 46
5. Producing and Releasing the 1957 Film 51
Chapter 2 Scholarly Analysis of Twelve Angry Men
1. Twelve Angry Men Endorses Pluralism and Consensus 56
2. Justice and Democracy Depend on Liberalism and Reason 67
3. Twelve Angry Men Produces Critical Thinking About the Jury System 84
4. Twelve Angry Men Presents an Idealized View of the Jury System 97
5. An Unconvincing Film with an Important Message 102
Chapter 3 Critical Reviews of Twelve Angry Men
1. The 1954 Production Was Excellent Television Drama 107
2. Twelve Angry Men Is a Shallow Call to Civic-Mindedness 109
3. Twelve Angry Men Questions the Possibility of Receiving a Fair Trial 113
4. Twelve Angry Men Is a Cinematic Success 118
5. The 1996 London Stage Version Is Timely 122
6. Updating the Screenplay for the 1997 Remake 125
Chapter 4 Jury Behavior in Real Life
1. How Jurors Deliberate and Reach Verdicts 130
Chronology 140
For Further Research 146
Index 152
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2004

    Twelve Angry Men

    I read this book in school this year, and I must admitt, I really didn't like it that much. It was an OK book, but it just didn't seem to suit me. My teacher said the same thing: 'It's and alright book, but it doesn't interest most people who read it'. I must agree. It was a little tiring, and a little exciting. The end was maybe the most anticipated part of the book. Not only because it was the end, but because we finally got to see who voted 'Not Guilty'. This is just my opinion. I'm sure other people loved it. [i am starting and online book club. if anyone is interested, please instant message or e-mail me at: crzy4lovinyou. thank you!]

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