Ed Begley in 12 Angry Men was, dare I say it, perfect. Absolutely certain that he was right and sure that everyone else agreed with him. Completely bewildered when he saw the other jurors one by one turn away. Brilliant. In fact the entire cast of that movie was wonderful, not a dud in the bunch.
see? you remember it to a Tee. I thought of that film instantly when reading the thread and while each actor was superb, that scene of watching the elven other men in the room turn their backs on what he said was a profound statement of moral decency; one I think of as American to the core.
I suggest that film to foreign friends all the time as one that evokes what is best in our collective American soul.
e.g. marshall's comment that ends the scene "just shut up and don't say another word," to Begley was the sum of such repulsive and controlled reprobation that it felt like it came straight from the mouth of God
kuvasz, Do you have any idea how many times I've seen that movie? Of course I remember it. But not all the jurors turned away. Jack Warden's character didn't. Another brilliant performance.
I think that recommending that film to foreign friends is a great idea. In fact, it wouldn't be a bad idea if it were required viewing in American schools.
I was attending a management seminar, and it was shown as a model of how to handle difficult and different personality types.
I also thought of it whenever I was on jury duty. The last time was a difficult case. I was elected forewoman. I was no Henry Fonda. But we reached what I believe was a fair and just verdict.
But I digress.