Story Line:Twelve jurors deliberate whether an 18-year old Latino killed his father. This classic movie explores the reliability of witness memories, the power of bias in decision making, groupthink, and the art of persuasion.
Teaching With This Movie:Eyewitness Testimony
Research Dr. Elizabeth Loftus’ work on memory. What do her findings say about the reliability of eyewitness testimony? How do anxiety and stress, reconstructive memory, focusing on weapons, and the use of leading questions affect a person’s ability to accurately recall an incident they have seen? Do we know of any indicators that highlight the possibility that a person’s recalled memory may not be accurate?