12 Angry Men

7 Lessons The Movie 12 Angry Men Can Teach You

12 Angry Men is about 12 members of the jury who must deliberate, with a guilty verdict meaning death for the accused, an inner-city teen. As the 12 Angry Men try to reach a unanimous decision while in a room, one juror rocks the boat by proposing that it is possible that the accused is actually not guilty.  The simplicity of this movie is addictive and it really allows you concentrate on the essence of the story.

I remember watching 12 Angry Men 5 years ago and was in awe of the thought process of the characters, it became my top 5 film of all time. So I was glad to see Netflix had it in their watch list, as I am often taken the mickey out of for still subscribing to Netflix 🙁

So what are the 7 Lessons The Movie 12 Angry Men Can Teach You?

Lesson #1 It only takes one man to stand up and be counted.

It happens at work, in the supermarket, shoot even at home. Sometimes we see something is wrong in society and we say nothing, do nothing or perhaps we say something in our head.  There is a freedom that is innate as  when we speak out, stand up and be counted and that is when we are our authentic selfs.

“It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.”
― Mark Twain

Lesson #2 Question everything

If you took the poll on sleep, you would already know that MRI scans show that we stop thinking when we listen to experts. Whether it is in a courtroom and a lawyer is winning us over with their words or whether it is a lecture on metaphysics we have to question EVERYTHING.

 Juror #8: Maybe. It’s also possible for a lawyer to be just plain stupid, isn’t it? I mean it’s possible.

12 Angry Men jury cross analysed everything, when they were deliberating over the case. How often do you give yourself time after the fact to analyse the evidence/information you have been given?

Lesson #3 – Prejudice always obscures the truth

They say first impressions stick and people have already made up their mind about you in 3 seconds.  I think it is silly to make a judgment on someone after only 3 seconds, it goes beyond silly it is balderdash. One of the main prejudices of the jurors were where the accused was from. Preconceived ideas of the boys character were already made due to where he resided.  Whether we have prejudices about someone’s culture, their parental household or the way they look, the truth is the truth and we can only


7 Lessons The Movie 12 Angry Men Can Teach You


Lesson #4 – People make mistakes, they are only people. They could be wrong



Lesson #5 A good story doesn’t need to cost the earth, have special effects in order to be told well. 12 Angry men cost $340,000 and to date has accumulated to over $1,000,000


Lesson #6 The character of a man is proven by his actions not his words.  


Lesson #7 No matter what the circumstances you should always be the best version of yourself

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.


12 Angry Men is a classic, a must watch that I recommend! Catch it on Netflix now

About the author

Ruth henry-ovid

As a dyspraxic, dyslexic and unofficial autistic woman I find ways to better improve my life and others who make a choice to improve their lives as well. Certified inbound marketer, coach and public speaker. Founder of @tryxavietime and @celebratedhub an avid fan of all things that help people and businesses grow!

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