Charades: Religious Allegory in 12 Angry Men

51 Pages Posted: 25 Mar 2008


This essay, a contribution to a symposium marking the 50th anniversary of the film 12 Angry Men, shows that the film is an intricate, carefully constructed allegory of a series of stories from the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament. The essay offers some conjectures on the relation between the film's biblical subtext and its surface political themes.

Keywords: Film, jury, humanities, literature, religion, popular culture, evidence

Suggested Citation

Hay, Bruce L., Charades: Religious Allegory in 12 Angry Men. Chicago-Kent Law Review, Vol. 82, No. 2, December 2007, Available at SSRN:

Bruce L. Hay (Contact Author)

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