12 Angry Men Life Lesson Quotes

Last updated on Apr 9th, 2021

12 Angry Men Life Lesson Quotes

12 Angry Men is an American courtroom film drama, considered a modern classic of the genre. Released in 1957 and adapted from Reginald Rose’s play of the same name, it was the feature-film directorial debut of Sidney Lumet.

The film centers on a jury of 12 men who must pass judgment on a murder case. Although 11 jurors vote decisively for a quick conviction, one (Henry Fonda) tries to convince the others to reconsider their decision based on reasonable doubt.

In 2008, American Film Institute selected 12 Angry Men as the second-best courtroom drama for their AFI’s 10 Top 10 list.

We're talking about somebody's life here. We can't decide it in five minutes. - Juror 8 (12 Angry Men Quotes)
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We’re talking about somebody’s life here. We can’t decide it in five minutes.Juror 8

It's not easy to stand alone against the ridicule of others. - Juror 9 (12 Angry Men Quotes)
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It’s not easy to stand alone against the ridicule of others.Juror 9

Juror 3: You're talking about a matter of seconds! Nobody can be that accurate. Juror 8: Well, I think testimony that could put a boy into the electric chair should be that accurate. (12 Angry Men Quotes)
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Juror 3: You’re talking about a matter of seconds! Nobody can be that accurate.
Juror 8: Well, I think testimony that could put a boy into the electric chair should be that accurate.Juror 3, Juror 8

Gentlemen, that's a very sad thing... to be nothing. - Juror 9 (12 Angry Men Quotes)
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Gentlemen, that’s a very sad thing… to be nothing.Juror 9

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 10: Bright? He's a common ignorant slob. He don't even speak good English. Juror 11: "He doesn't even speak good English." (12 Angry Men Quotes)
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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 10: Bright? He’s a common ignorant slob. He don’t even speak good English.
Juror 11: [with a foreign accent] “He doesn’t even speak good English.”Juror 8, Juror 10, Juror 11

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. (12 Angry Men Quotes)
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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, Juror 11

Juror 3: I'll kill him. I'll kill him! Juror 8: You don't really mean you'll kill me, do you? (12 Angry Men Quotes)
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Juror 3: I’ll kill him. I’ll kill him!
Juror 8: You don’t really mean you’ll kill me, do you?Juror 3, Juror 8

Juror 11: I beg pardon. Juror 10: "I beg pardon." What are you so polite about? Juror 11: For the same reason you're not. It's the way I was brought up. (12 Angry Men Quotes)
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Juror 11: I beg pardon.
Juror 10: “I beg pardon.” What are you so polite about?
Juror 11: For the same reason you’re not. It’s the way I was brought up.Juror 11, Juror 10, Juror 11

Juror 10: I'm sick and tired of facts! You can twist them any way you like. You know what I mean? Juror 9: That's exactly the point this gentleman has been making. (12 Angry Men Quotes)
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Juror 10: I’m sick and tired of facts! You can twist them any way you like. You know what I mean?
Juror 9: [indicates Juror 8] That’s exactly the point this gentleman has been making.Juror 10, Juror 9

If you want to vote not guilty, then do it because you are convinced the man is not guilty, and not because you've had enough. - Juror 11 (12 Angry Men Quotes)
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If you want to vote not guilty, then do it because you are convinced the man is not guilty, and not because you’ve had enough.Juror 11, (to Juror 7)

Wherever you run into it, prejudice always obscures the truth. - Juror 8 (12 Angry Men Quotes)
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Wherever you run into it, prejudice always obscures the truth.Juror 8

Not guilty. - Juror 3 (12 Angry Men Quotes)
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Not guilty.Juror 3