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- Full Title: Twelve Angry Men
- When Written: 1954 (teleplay); 1955 (theatrical play)
- Where Written: New York City
- When Published: 1955
- Literary Period: Late Modernism
- Genre: Drama
- Setting: A jury room, the present
- Climax: Juror Eight persuades all the other jurors except Three to vote “not guilty.” Three confronts Eight with a knife in a silent power play. The climax is resolved as Three surrenders and votes “not guilty.”
- Antagonist: Prejudice and bias exhibited primarily in the characters Three and Ten
Twelve Angry Jurors. Contemporary productions of Reginald Rose’s play often change the title to “Twelve Angry Jurors” to allow for gender-neutral casting. The original play does not address prejudices and biases related to sexism, but the play intentionally strives for timelessness by instructing that the jurors be dressed and cast to belong in “the present.”
Adaptations for the big screen. The teleplay was revised by Rose for a 1957 movie that received three Academy Award nominations. A 1997 movie version was also released, demonstrating the story’s timelessness.