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A Time to Kill -- 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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Writers (WGA):
John Grisham (novel)
Akiva Goldsman (screenplay)
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Release Date:
24 July 1996 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
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.
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 6 wins & 10 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
I was surprised this movie was this good after reading the book. See more (231 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Matthew McConaughey ... Jake Tyler Brigance

Sandra Bullock ... Ellen Roark

Samuel L. Jackson ... Carl Lee Hailey

Kevin Spacey ... D.A. Rufus Buckley

Oliver Platt ... Harry Rex Vonner

Charles S. Dutton ... Sheriff Ozzie Walls

Brenda Fricker ... Ethel Twitty

Donald Sutherland ... Lucien Wilbanks

Kiefer Sutherland ... Freddie Lee Cobb

Patrick McGoohan ... Judge Omar Noose

Ashley Judd ... Carla Brigance

Tonea Stewart ... Gwen Hailey

Rae'Ven Larrymore Kelly ... Tonya Hailey (as RaéVen Larrymore Kelly)
Darrin Mitchell ... Skip Hailey
LaConte McGrew ... Slim Hailey
Devin Lloyd ... Willie Hailey

John Diehl ... Tim Nunley

Chris Cooper ... Deputy Dwayne Powell Looney

Nicky Katt ... Billy Ray Cobb

Doug Hutchison ... James Louis 'Pete' Willard

Kurtwood Smith ... Stump Sisson

Tim Parati ... Winston
Mark W. Johnson ... Deputy Willie Hastings (as Mark Whitman Johnson)

Beth Grant ... Cora Mae Cobb

Joe Seneca ... Reverend Isaiah Street

Anthony Heald ... Dr. Wilbert Rodeheaver
Thomas Merdis ... Reverend Ollie Agee

Alexandra Kyle ... Hannah Brigance

Terry Loughlin ... Jury Foreman

Andy Stahl ... Reluctant Male Juror
Joe Bullen ... Joe Frank Perryman

Lorraine Middleton ... Blonde Woman Juror
Graham Timbes ... Male Juror

Jonathan Hadary ... Norman Reinfield

Benjamin Mouton ... Klan Bomber
Byron Jennings ... Brent Musgrove
Patrick Sutton ... Militant Teenager

Greg Lauren ... Taylor
Danny Nelson ... Bud Twitty

Mike Pniewski ... Deputy Tatum

Elizabeth Omilami ... Woman Angry at Klan
Lukas Cain ... Looney's Son
Stacy Rae Toyon ... Looney's Wife
Wayne Dehart ... Claude (as Wayne deHart)
Helen E. Floyd ... Waitress at Claude's
David Brian Williams ... Customer at Claude's

Octavia Spencer ... Roark's Nurse
Rebecca Koon ... Dell
James M. Crumley Jr. ... Guardsman Mackenvale
Jim Ritchie ... Tom Hardy
Perry Ritchie ... Sarah Hardy
Mike McLaren ... Administrator at Whitfield
Tim Monich ... Reverend Fink (as Timothy F. Monich)

Leonard L. Thomas ... Man in Lumberyard (as Leonard Thomas)
Brance H. Beamon ... Noose's Butler
Mildred J. Gilbreath ... Noose's Housekeeper
Will Crapps ... Minister
David U. Hodges ... Bailiff
Maggie Wade Dixon ... T.V. Anchor
Russell Hambline ... Old Man Bates
Robert Chapman ... Young Fisherman
Robert R. Bell Jr. ... Fisherman
Tommy McCullough ... Old Fisherman
Ryk St. Vincent ... Deputy
Bettina Rose ... Evelyn (Buckley's Secretary)
Linda Calvin Johnson ... Sugar
Terrance Freeman ... Court Deputy
Alice Julius-Scott ... N.A.A.C.P. Woman
William Truly Jr. ... N.A.A.C.P. Man #1 (as Dr. William Truly Jr.)
Walter L. Hutchins ... N.A.A.C.P. Man #2

Jerry Hunt ... John (the Electrical Company Worker)
Howard Ballou ... Reporter #1 with Hastings
Todd Demers ... Reporter #1 with Jake
Stephanie Strickland ... Stephanie (Reporter #1 with Buckley)
Kim Hendrix ... Kim (Reporter #2 with Buckley)
Rob Jay ... Reporter #3 with Buckley
Sherri Hilton ... Reporter #2 with Jake

Steve Coulter ... Klansman
Jackie Stewart ... Fire Chief
Rosebud Dixon-Green ... Woman at Rally
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eva Ford ... Courtroom Observer / Townsperson (uncredited)
Stuart Greenwell ... Concerned Neighbor (uncredited)
Lorin Moore ... Bar Patron (uncredited)

M. Emmet Walsh ... Dr. Willard Tyrell 'W.T.' Bass (the Defense Psychologist) (uncredited)
Robert 'Bobby Z' Zajonc ... (uncredited)
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Directed by
Joel Schumacher 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
John Grisham (novel "A Time To Kill")

Akiva Goldsman (screenplay)

Produced by
William M. Elvin .... associate producer
John Grisham .... producer
Hunt Lowry .... producer
Arnon Milchan .... producer
Michael G. Nathanson .... producer (as Michael Nathanson)
 
Original Music by
Elliot Goldenthal 
 
Cinematography by
Peter Menzies Jr. (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
William Steinkamp 
 
Casting by
Mali Finn 
 
Production Design by
Larry Fulton 
 
Art Direction by
Richard Toyon 
 
Set Decoration by
Dorree Cooper 
 
Costume Design by
Ingrid Ferrin 
 
Makeup Department
Marietta Carter-Narcisse .... key makeup artist
Ben Nye Jr. .... makeup supervisor
Janine Rath .... key hair stylist
Ramsey Scott .... additional makeup artist
Robert L. Stevenson .... hair stylist
Pamela S. Westmore .... makeup artist: Ms. Bullock (as Pamela Westmore)
Gloria Belz .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Linda Boykin-Williams .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Bill Johnson .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alan Edmisten .... second assistant director
William M. Elvin .... first assistant director
Angela Barnes Gomes .... dga trainee (as Angela Barnes)
Eric Oliver .... second second assistant director
Darrell Woodard .... additional second assistant director
 
Art Department
Larry Clark .... paint foreman
Asahel Cooper .... set dresser
Francis N. 'Lucky' Costello .... stand-by painter
Ronald Cox .... propmaker foreman (as Ron Cox)
Kevin Coyle .... set dresser
Keith P. Cunningham .... set designer
Brad Einhorn .... property master
Thomas Gilbert .... set dresser
William C. Jones .... general foreman (as Bill Jones)
Joel McKee .... assistant property master
David Ronan .... on-set dresser
Lee Runnels .... greens foreman
John H. Samson .... construction coordinator (as John Samson)
Stephen Andrew Schwartz .... lead man (as Steve Schwartz)
Maya Shimoguchi .... set designer
Andrew M. Siegel .... assistant property master (as Andrew Siegel)
James F. Truesdale .... assistant art director
David Weathers .... set dresser
Don W. Wegner .... set dresser (as Don Wegner)
Jeff Cazanov .... set dresser (uncredited)
Michael Denering .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Robert L. Girard .... gang boss (uncredited)
Mary Goodson .... set dresser (uncredited)
Jeffrey McMahon .... construction foreman (uncredited)
Gary Metzen .... construction (uncredited)
Michael A. Wells .... propmaker (uncredited)
Frank White .... welding foreman (uncredited)
Daniel Williams .... painter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Robert Bradshaw .... dialogue editor (as Bob Bradshaw)
Gordon Davidson .... dialogue editor
Zack Davis .... adr editor
Joe Divitale .... sound effects editor (as Joseph DiVitale)
Joe Dorn .... adr editor
Gordon Ecker .... sound effects editor
Shawn Egan .... assistant adr editor
John Michael Fanaris .... sound effects coordinator
Carl Fischer .... boom operator
D.G. Fisher .... cable person
Steven Gerrior .... assistant sound editor
Petur Hliddal .... sound mixer
Hilda Hodges .... foley artist
Adam Jenkins .... sound re-recording mixer
Chris Jenkins .... sound re-recording mixer
David Kern .... dialogue editor
Mary Jo Lang .... foley mixer
Lee Lemont .... foley editor (as Lee Lamont)
Chet Leonard .... sound playback (as D. Chet Leonard)
John Leveque .... supervising sound editor
Kimberly Ellen Lowe .... dialogue editor (as Kimberly Lowe Voigt)
Steve Mann .... sound effects editor
Blake Marion .... sound effects coordinator
Lori Martino .... adr editor
Gary Mundheim .... foley editor
Piero Mura .... foley editor
John Roesch .... foley artist
Mark Smith .... sound re-recording mixer
Fred Stafford .... supervising adr editor
Bruce Stambler .... dialogue editor
Shawn Sykora .... supervising foley editor
Roland N. Thai .... sound designer (as Roland Thai)
Donald L. Warner Jr. .... sound effects editor
Bernard Weiser .... sound effects editor
Steven D. Williams .... foley editor
John Soukup .... sound transfer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Dominik Dugandzic .... special effects
Steve Galich .... special effects coordinator
Howard Allen Richardson .... special effects
Ray Svedin .... special effects
Scott Mobley .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Steve Wolf .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Andrew Adamson .... visual effects supervisor
Don Lee .... digital compositor
Liz Radley .... video and computer graphics supervisor (as Elizabeth Radley)
Earl Wiggins .... Aerial Rigging Coordinator (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Lance Gilbert .... stunts
Mickey Gilbert .... stunt coordinator
Troy Gilbert .... stunts
David Barrett .... stunts (uncredited)
Matt Byrne .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Christian J. Fletcher .... stunt double (uncredited)
Christian J. Fletcher .... stunts (uncredited)
Hollis Hill .... stunts (uncredited)
Carlton Holder .... stunts (uncredited)
Lee Waddell .... stunts (uncredited)
Eddie L. Watkins .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Tom Anderson .... assistant chief lighting technician
Chuck Brown .... dolly grip (as Charles Brown)
Chris Centrella .... key grip
Randy Feemster .... camera operator: "b" camera
Douglas S. Holgate .... aerial first assistant camera (as Doug Holgate)
Dean M. King .... best boy grip (as Dean King)
Jeff Kluttz .... rigging key grip
Dennis J. Lootens .... rigging gaffer (as Dennis 'DJ' Lootens)
Christine M. Loss .... still photographer (as Christine Loss)
Bill McConnell Jr. .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
William McConnell .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (as Bill McConnell)
Richard Mosier .... first assistant camera
Kevin Murphy .... gaffer
Jacqueline J. Nivens .... second assistant camera
Robert Presley .... Steadicam operator
Robert Presley .... camera operator: "a" camera
Suzanne Trucks .... camera loader
Martin Weight .... video assist operator
Kenneth Estes .... video playback operator (uncredited)
Oscar Gomez .... best boy rigging grip (uncredited)
Michelle Madison .... additional second assistant camera (uncredited)
John T. Martin .... rigging key grip (uncredited)
Hugh McCallum .... grip (uncredited)
Rex Anson Rhorer .... rigging grip (uncredited)
Eric Wycoff .... lighting technician (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Shirley Fulton Crumley .... extras casting (as Shirley Cramley)
Jo Doster .... local casting
Emily Schweber .... casting associate
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Fran Allgood .... costumer
Celeste Cleveland .... costumer
Rudolph Garcia .... costumer
Zandra Harding .... seamstress
Tom Numbers .... key costumer: men
Christine Orth .... costumer
Peggy Penamon .... costumer
Joel Voorhies .... wardrobe assistant: Ms. Bullock
Diana Wilson .... costumer
Pamela Wise .... costume supervisor (as Pam Wise)
Wendy M. Craig .... set costumer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Mo Henry .... negative cutter
Bob Putynkowski .... color timer
Robert W. Steinkamp .... assistant editor (as Robert Steinkamp)
Joëlle Taar .... assistant editor
Debra L. Tennant .... first assistant editor
Michael T. Wilson .... additional editor
 
Music Department
Michael Connell .... music editor
Robert Elhai .... orchestrator
Matthias Gohl .... score producer
Elliot Goldenthal .... orchestrator
Deniz Hughes .... additional orchestrator
Joel Iwataki .... score mixer
Joel Iwataki .... score recordist
Richard Martinez .... electronic score producer
Denise Murray .... assistant music editor
Jonathan Sheffer .... conductor
John Moses .... musician: clarinetist (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Gary Duncan .... transportation co-captain
Lee Garibaldi .... transportation captain
Ken Nevin .... transportation co-captain (as Ray Nevin)
Tommy Tancharoen .... transportation coordinator
David Carlton White .... SPFX Driver/40'
William Hogue .... driver (uncredited)
Mike Robinson .... driver: art department (uncredited)
Hank Van Apeldoorn .... transportation (uncredited)
Robert Van Apeldoorn .... transportation (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Jennifer Addington .... staff assistant
James Alesna .... staff assistant
James B. Allen .... first aid
Julianna Arenson .... production accountant
Lacey Lee Ashley .... staff assistant
Shauna Beal .... assistant: Mr. Milchan
Porter Berry .... staff assistant
Kathleen 'Bo' Bobak .... staff assistant
Ernest Burnett .... assistant: Mr. Natanson
Rene Crowe .... production secretary
James M. Crumley Jr. .... staff assistant (as Jamie Crumley)
Paul D'Angelo .... staff assistant
Bonnie Daniels .... production controller
Dabney Day .... staff assistant
Andra Eggleston .... assistant: Mr. Jackson
Scott Elias .... location manager
Janette Evans .... assistant production accountant
Deven Fredericks .... production secretary
Susan Giordano .... assistant production accountant
Anthony Goldschmidt .... title designer: main titles
Stephanie Gordon .... staff assistant
August Goulet .... staff assistant
Susan Hartmann .... staff assistant
Aaron Kahn .... staff assistant
Heidi Leigh .... assistant: Ms. Bullock
Michael Lindenbaum .... staff assistant
Anna Mewbourne .... assistant location manager
Tim Monich .... dialect coach (as Timothy F. Monich)
Belita Moreno .... acting coach
Nancy Mott .... craft service
Boone Narr .... animal trainer
Theresa Phillips .... staff assistant
Rita Racana .... assistant: Mr. Nathanson
Rozzana Ramos .... assistant: Mr. Milchan
Michael Randolph .... craft service
Matt Rawls .... staff assistant
Sharron Reynolds .... script supervisor (as Sharron Reynolds-Enriques)
Eli Richbourg .... assistant: Mr. Schumacher
Mary Lou Robertson .... staff assistant
Andy Rogers .... staff assistant
Regina Romain .... staff assistant
Bettina Rose .... executive assistant: Mr. Schumacher
Mark Sayles .... assistant production accountant
Margaret L. Schlaifer .... studio teacher (as Margaret Schlaifer)
Marc Siegel .... staff assistant
Michael Singer .... unit publicist
Octavia Spencer .... staff assistant
Stephanie Stears .... staff assistant
Ash Taylor .... location assistant (as Ashley Taylor)
Tate Taylor .... staff assistant
Derek Wade .... production associate (as Derek Martin Wade)
S. Denise Wax .... staff assistant
Mark N. Woods .... remote head technician
Yvonne Yaconelli .... production office supervisor
Robert 'Bobby Z' Zajonc .... helicopter pilot (as Bobby Zajonc)
John Alfred .... first assistant accountant (uncredited)
Neill Calabro .... utility stand-in: Kevin Spacey (uncredited)
Jeff Coopwood .... adr voice (uncredited)
Bill Daly .... post-production accountant manager (uncredited)
Elloise Dover .... assistant: Mr. Dutton (uncredited)
A. Welch Lambeth .... key production assistant (uncredited)
Jerry Lousteau .... animal wrangler (uncredited)
Andrea Metzen .... staff assistant (uncredited)
Danny Vinson .... utility stand-in (uncredited)
S. Denise Wax .... accounting staff assistant (uncredited)
 
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Rated R for violence and some graphic language
Runtime:
149 min
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Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Joel Schumacher originally offered the lead role to Val Kilmer during the production of Batman Forever (1995), but Kilmer declined.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: During breakfast, Brigance mentions a "crack dealer" - "crack" as form of cocaine had not been invented until mid 1980s.See more »
Quotes:
Jake Tyler Brigance:If this is a party, boys, where's the chips and beer? Otherwise, your being here seems a bit like illegal client solicitation, what with Carl Lee already having a lawyer and all.See more »
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50 out of 64 people found the following review useful.
I was surprised this movie was this good after reading the book., 30 August 2000

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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