My 11th favorite Angry Man is arguably the most obnoxious of them all. Right from the off, Juror 7 (Jack Warden) makes his position known: he is not happy about doing jury duty and he would much rather be at the baseball game. He dismisses the case initially because not only does it seem to him like an open-and-shut case but also because he couldn’t care less and, while it would be accurate to claim that he represents many people’s feelings about jury duty, he represents more than that. Juror 7 is the embodiment of apathy, indifference and standing for nothing. He is not doing this maliciously, of course, he’s doing it because he has probably never been in this situation before and he would rather go back to the life he knows, without giving it much thought. This mindset is perhaps the only one he’s used to, because has never had to have any other. Juror 7 sadly represents the majority of people. He functions as one of the antagonists of the film, and eventually comes around after being confronted – after he realizes the game has already started. It’s an uncomfortable yet necessary portrayal of one of society’s biggest shortcomings.
Number 10 will be here next month!