While 12 Angry Men remains an important cinematic and political work, the film provides an atypical pop cultural portrayal of the jury. Most portrayals are limited and even degrading, a pattern suggesting both a failure to appreciate the jury as an embodiment of popular sovereignty and our society's apolitical self-disenfranchisement.
David R. Papke,
12 Angry Men Is Not an Archetype: Reflections on the Jury in Contemporary Popular Culture,
Chi.-Kent L. Rev.
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