Approved | | Crime, Drama
A jury holdout attempts to prevent a miscarriage of justice by forcing his colleagues to reconsider the evidence.
The story could have been set in any large city; although it's not mentioned by name, the city is obviously New York City, as evidenced by the sighting of the Woolworth Building, the Yankee tickets held by Juror #7 and the steps of the County Courthouse shown in the opening and closing scenes.
Man in corridor:
You did a wonderful job, wonderful job!
Judge: To continue, you've listened to a long and complex case, murder in the first degree. Premeditated murder is the most serious charge tried in our criminal courts. You've listened to the testimony, you've had the...
Jurors are expressly instructed by the judge in every jury trial to only consider the evidence that was actually admitted into evidence. Thus, it was misconduct for Henry Fonda's character to go out and purchase a knife on his own, and it was misconduct by all jurors to discuss that knife during deliberations. Further, they had a duty to inform the judge of the misconduct that had occurred in their deliberations. The acts of jury misconduct were egregious and absolutely were grounds for mistrial.
At the end of the film, the actors are billed in order of their juror numbers; thus Henry Fonda, although the star of the film, appears 8th.