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* AdaptationDisplacement: Originally a 1954 teleplay for CBS' ''Studio One'' anthology series, it is now best known for its later adaptations as a [[ScreenToStageAdaptation stage play]] and film.
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation:
** The defendant - innocent man or murderer? For all of the doubt the jury casts on the prosecution's case, there's still plenty of reason for the audience to conclude that he's guilty. This was done deliberately, of course; even Juror #8 admits that he isn't sure that they aren't about to set a murderer free.
*** Then there's the question of, if the defendant did in fact commit the murder, [[AssholeVictim was he really in the wrong]]?
** There have been productions that portray Juror #8 not as a noble crusader but rather as a ManipulativeBastard who's trying to get a murderer set free basically just to see if he can.
* CrowningMomentOfAwesome: Ridiculous amounts, such as when Juror #4 states outright that the murder weapon, a switchblade knife, was one-of-a-kind, with a very distinctively carved handle, and finishes his rant by ramming it blade first into the juror table, Juror #8 pulls an identical switchblade from his pocket, flicks open the blade, and rams his knife into the table right next to the original. HilarityEnsues.
* CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming: By the end of at least one of the movie adaptations, jurors 3 and 8 seem to be getting along. In a way, these two had a lot in common throughout the play; each pushed for the verdict they believed in, each believed in their respective verdicts more strongly than arguably everyone else on the jury, and each were willing to go against the rest of the jury to support said verdict. It would seem somewhat fitting they would eventually get along better once the deliberations were over.
* HilariousInHindsight: When #3, talking about his son, tells how he told him [[{{Mulan}} "I'll make a man out of you."]]
* JerkassWoobie: Juror #3, at least by the end.
* RetroactiveRecognition: Juror #5 will be instantly familiar to anyone who's seen an episode of {{Quincy}}. Jack Klugman even gets to do a Quincy-style deduction years before the series was conceived, by pointing out the inconsistent nature of the knife wound.
* TearJerker: When Juror #3 finally realizes what he's doing; he tears up the picture of him and his son and just breaks down crying. The DVD release of the film manages to make it even worse with the chapter titles. The title of the chaper containing Juror #3's VillainousBreakdown? "One Angry Man".
--> '''Juror #3:''' No...not guilty...''not guilty''...!
* VindicatedByHistory: The critics in 1957 were [[CriticalDissonance rooting for]] Lumet's movie version, but the public wasn't interested and the movie failed at the box office. ''12 Angry Men'' has since earned a place in pop culture rivalled (aside from ''Film/ToKillAMockingbird'') by no other courtroom drama--plus the 88th spot on AFI's ''100 Years. . .100 Thrills'' list. No mean feat for a non-action adventure film.[[note]]For perspective, below this movie, among others, were Film/TheAdventuresOfRobinHood at #100 {{Film/Speed}} at #99, {{Film/Braveheart}} at #91[[/note]]

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