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A Time to Kill (1996)

 -  Crime | Drama | Thriller  -  24 July 1996 (USA)
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A young lawyer defends a black man accused of murdering two men who raped his 10-year-old daughter, sparking a rebirth of the KKK.

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

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$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

JPY 130,188,000 (Japan) (27 December 1996)

Gross:

JPY 419,223,800 (Japan) (24 January 1997)
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Bad dialog, over-acted and dragged out
15 June 2011 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

This has gotta be one of the worst movies I've ever seen. Bad dialog, the usual self-aggrandizing acting by McConaughey (look ma, I'm cute and sexy), his and Spacey's overacting and predictable corny ending.

I'm generally a fan of Bullock's, the Sutherlands', SLJ's and Spacey's, but I feel embarrassed for these fine actors to have been associated with a badly written film. These movies treat the subject matter way better: American History X, Mississippi Burning and Crash, the last doing it brilliantly.

ATTK is annoyingly long, a two-hour movie crammed into 2.5 hours.

And it is formulaic in the Hollywood style.


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