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  • Jurors #3 and #8 have spent most of the movie at each others' throats. When #3 wants someone to help him reenact a knife attack, #8 goes along with it because he's the only one standing up. Given their previous interactions, as soon as #3 raises the knife, everybody else in the room jumps up thinking #8 is about to get stabbed. #3 and #8, for their part, are relatively cool-headed about it.
  • Watching poor Juror #10 get caught in some Hypocritical Humor:
    Juror #10: He's a common, ignorant slob. He don't even speak good English.
    Juror #11: He doesn't even speak good English.
    • Should be worth mentioning that Juror #11 is the only foreigner out of the group.
  • While just chatting, Juror #7 talks with Juror #5 about baseball teams. Seems Juror #7 doesn't have a very high opinion of Baltimore's team.
    Juror #7: You a Yankee fan?
    Juror #5: No, Baltimore.
    Juror #7: Baltimore? That's like being hit in the head with a crow bar once a day.
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    • Changed to the Milwaukee Brewers in the new version. Justified since the Baltimore Orioles were consistent playoff contenders in the late 90s
  • At one point, #7 starts whistling obnoxiously, prompting a rare burst of assertiveness from #2 (a very small, timid man):
    Juror #2: Come on, knock it off!
    Juror #7: Okay, okay, killer!
    • 7 then calls him "killer" for the rest of the film.
  • The Oh, Crap! expression Juror #3 has when he accidentally contradicts his own statement, asking how the old man (whose testimony he's been using as evidence) could be sure about anything. Especially funny if you see a staged version, as some productions will have #4 give him a "You idiot" sort of look while everyone else just stares at him.
  • Following yet another argument, cue poor Juror #2 trying to defuse the tension. "...Does anybody want a cough drop?"
    Juror #10: Who's got those cough drops?
    Juror #2: They're all gone, my friend.
  • Juror #8 arguing that the defendant's lawyer did an inadequate job.
    Juror #8: It is possible for a lawyer to be just stupid. It is possible.
    Juror #7: You sound like you've met my brother-in-law.

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