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12 Angry Men (U) + Presentation by Professor Lorna Dawson

Science on Screen

12 angry men in a room

Henry Fonda stars in this classic courtroom drama, a startling exploration into the power of human persuasion and perspective.

Directed by Sidney Lumet, 12 Angry Men sees 12 jurors convene after hearing a murder case. Apart from one dissenter, juror 8 (Henry Fonda), all the others believe the defendant guilty. After being told the verdict must be unanimous, juror 8 attempts to persuade his colleagues that they could perhaps be mistaken – with captivating and dramatic results.

Drawing on her experience as an expert witness in murder trials, Professor Lorna Dawson, CBE, examines the interface between science and the law. In particular, she discusses the false perception that science can answer every question with 100 percent certainty, and the related importance of communicating evidence clearly.

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US 1957 Dir Sidney Lumet 92 min

Presented in partnership with the London Mathematical Laboratory


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