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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)

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$108,706,165 (USA) (22 November 1996)
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Woody Harrelson wanted to play Jake Brigance, but John Grisham objected to his casting. See more »

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While Carl Lee is being exam'd & cross exam'd, the reflection of the sun off of people's sweaty heads changes 180-degrees between (most) close-ups of the jury Vs. the rest of the courtroom. See more »

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Lucien Wilbanks: If you win this case, justice will prevail, and if you lose, justice will also prevail. Now that is a strange case.
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Referenced in Jackie Brown (1997) 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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A time to thrill!
9 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Who in this movie does'nt play there part perfectly? The judge looks like a judge, a hanging judge at that. The sheriff is not a sugar coated law man, rather a tough Mississippi fair law man who knows what to do realistically. All the actors are cast in the only part they could be. THEN when the intensity of the movie gets to the boiling point who comes in to give us a break? You ALL know who. There she is to give us a break, and a laugh as Sandra swoops in on us. She is by far and away the most delightful actress I have ever seen. Even after she is beaten up and in a hospital bed she gives us a couple of chuckles. She has a delivery second to none. Every one, every one plays their role perfectly. Great movie, easy to follow, great story line, great all the way around. Do I like it? Yea about fifty times viewed like it.


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