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A Time to Kill (1996)

In Canton, Mississippi, a fearless young lawyer and his assistant defend a black man accused of murdering two white men who raped his 10-year-old daughter, inciting a revolt by local racist groups.

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In Canton, Mississippi, 10-year-old Tonya Hailey is viciously brutalized by two white racist rednecks -- James Louis "Pete" Willard and Billy Ray Cobb. Almost immediately after Tonya is found and rushed to a hospital, Pete and Billy Ray are found at a roadside bar, where they had been bragging about what they did to Tonya. Tonya's understandably distraught and enraged father, Carl Lee Hailey, remembers a case from a year ago, when four white men raped an African-American girl in a nearby town, and got acquitted. Carl is determined to not let that happen in this case. While deputy Dwayne Powell Looney is escorting Pete and Billy Ray up a flight of stairs to a court room, Carl emerges from the building's basement with an assault rifle, and he kills Pete and Billy Ray for what they did to Tonya. Carl is later arrested at his house by African-American sheriff Ozzie Walls, and Carl is scheduled to be placed on trial. Despite the efforts of the NAACP and local African-American leaders to ... Written by Todd Baldridge

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A lawyer and his assistant fighting to save a father on trial for murder. A time to question what they believe. A time to doubt what they trust. And no time for mistakes.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for violence and some graphic language | See all certifications »

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24 July 1996 (USA)  »

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Tiempo de matar  »

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$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$19,630,000 (USA) (26 July 1996)

Gross:

$108,706,165 (USA) (22 November 1996)
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One of two 1996's releases starring both Matthew McConaughey and Chris Cooper. They also appeared in Lone Star (1996), in which they don't share any scenes. See more »

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The movie shows Carl Lee being found not guilty by reason of insanity and ends with him fully free and able to attend the same event as Jake. That is not how that law actually would be carried out. While Carl Lee wouldn't face jail time, he would certainly face either a term of commitment at a mental facility or supervised probation, and would not be able to resume a normal life as quickly as is shown here. See more »

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Ellen Roark: Did I mention that my father's filthy rich and I'll be working for free?
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References Adam's Rib (1949) See more »

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Take My Hand Precious Lord
Written by Thomas A. Dorsey
Performed by Christ Memorial Church Choir/Andraé Crouch Singers
Arranged by Andraé Crouch and Sandra Crouch
Vocal soloists: Andraé Crouch, Cissy Houston and Táta Vega
Cissy Houston appears courtesy of House of Blues Music Company
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I was surprised this movie was this good after reading the book.
30 August 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was very much drawn into the book, and thought that it would be hard to get the same feeling out in a movie.

At the beginning I thought I was right. From the beginning I was thinking "they left out a whole mess of details." I was irritated that they did not develop the characters better like in the book.

But by the 3rd quarter of the movie this was the last thought in my mind. And by the end I understood that the screenwriter had very skillfully budgeted his (limited) screen time for the most important parts of the movie, where it is well spent.

I think the acting of the principals was very good, and I found especially for Sandra Bullock as Ellen Roark - who was the most believable character. Although the rest of the acting was very good, I felt she was the most believable.

Which raises the main weakness of the movie, as good as it was, having read the book, I could not help being reminded that most of the characters were in fact, actors in a movie. Except for Ms. Bullock, there was a bit of woodeness to the "folk" in this small southern town. Also the plot is a bit contrived (but true to the novel). Most important is that (for me) it worked. I was moved. Its a very good movie.


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