12 Angry Men Quotes

Life Is In Their Hands -- Death Is On Their Minds!

12 Angry Men

 29 Quotes 

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12 Angry Men

29 Quotes    9.0 

A jury holdout attempts to prevent a miscarriage of justice by forcing his colleagues to reconsider the evidence.

  • GENRES

    Crime, Drama

  • RELEASED ON

    1957

  • LANGUAGE

    English

Quotes from 12 Angry Men

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: It's always difficult to keep personal prejudice out of a thing like this. And wherever you run into it, prejudice always obscures the truth. I don't really know what the truth is. I don't suppose anybody will ever really know. Nine of us now seem to feel that the defendant is innocent, but we're just gambling on probabilities - we may be wrong. We may be trying to let a guilty man go free, I don't know. Nobody really can. But we have a reasonable doubt, and that's something that's very valuable in our system. No jury can declare a man guilty unless it's sure.

Juror #9: Gentlemen, that's a very sad thing... to be nothing.

Juror #3: [to Juror #8 about the El-Train drowning out the supposed death threat] You're talkin' about a matter of *seconds!* Nobody can be *that* accurate!

Juror #8: Well, I think testimony that can put a boy into the electric chair *should* be that accurate.

[last lines]

Juror #9: Hey!... What's your name?

Juror #8: Davis.

Juror #9: [shakes his hand] My name's McCardle.

[pause]

Juror #9: Well, so long.

Juror #8: So long.

Juror #8: [after Juror #10 explains that he believes the boy is guilty because of the testimony of the woman across the street] I'd like to ask you something: you don't believe the boy's story. How come you believe the woman's? She's one of "them", too, isn't she?

Juror #10: [the smile vanishes from his face] You're a pretty smart fella, aren't you?

Juror #3: That business before when that tall guy, what's-his-name, was trying to bait me? That doesn't prove anything. I'm a pretty excitable person. I mean, where does he come off calling me a public avenger, sadist and everything? Anyone in his right mind would blow his stack. He was just trying to bait me.

Juror #4: He did an excellent job.

Juror #6: You think he's not guilty, huh?

Juror #8: I don't know. It's *possible*.

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 #6: [when Juror #8 asks him to "suppose" the defendant's innocence] Well, I'm not used to supposin'. I'm just a workin' man. My boss does all the supposin', but I'll try one. Supposin' you talk us all out of this, and, uh, the kid really did knife his father?

[after another vote is taken, the count is six to six]

Juror #10: Six to six... I'm telling you, some of you people in here must be out of your minds. A kid like that...

Juror #9: I don't think the kind of boy he is has anything to do with it. The facts are supposed to determine the case.

Juror #10: Don't give me that. I'm sick and tired of facts! You can twist 'em anyway you like, you know what I mean?

Juror #9: That's exactly the point this gentleman has been making.

[indicates Juror #8]

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 #7: You a Yankee fan?

Juror #5: No, Baltimore.

Juror #7: Baltimore? That's like being hit in the head with a crowbar once a day.

Juror #5: Boy oh boy, it's really hot, huh? Pardon me, but don't you ever sweat?

Juror #4: No, I don't.

[after Juror #8 has established that the old man witness could not have heard the killing over the noise of the elevated train]

Juror #3: Why should he lie? What's he got to gain?

Juror #9: Attention, maybe.

Juror #3: You keep coming in with these bright sayings! Why don't you send 'em into a paper? They pay three dollars apiece!

Juror #6: [getting up] What are you talkin' to him like that for? Guy talks like that to an old man really oughta get stepped on, you know. You oughta have more respect, mister. If you say stuff like that to him again... I'm gonna lay you out.

Juror #10: Oh, listen, I don't see what all this stuff about the knife has got to do with anything. Somebody saw the kid stab his father, what more do we need? You guys can talk the ears right off my head, you know what I mean? I got three garages of mine going to pot while you're talking! So let's get down and get out of here!

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

Juror #8: Has anyone have any idea hwo long it would take an el-

[sees Jurors 3 and 12 playing Tic Tac Toe on a piece of scratch paper. He rushes over and takes away the sheet of paper]

Juror #3: Hey!

Juror #8: This isn't a game.

Juror #8: Well, I think testimony that could put a boy into the electric chair should be that accurate.

Juror #8: Let me ask you this. Do you really think the boy would 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 #11: [with a foreign accent] He doesn't even speak good English.

Juror #8: We're talking about somebody's life here. We can't decide it in five minutes.

Juror #9: It's not easy to stand alone against the ridicule of others.

Juror #3: Look, you voted guilty. What side are you on?

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

Juror #3: You're talking about a matter of seconds! Nobody can be that accurate.

Juror #8: Has anyone have any idea how long it would take an el-

[sees Jurors 3 and 12 playing Tic Tac Toe on a piece of scratch paper. He rushes over and takes away the sheet of paper]

Juror #3: Hey!

Juror #8: This isn't a game.

Juror #3: [recurring line] You *what?*

Juror #5, Juror #7: You heard me.

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