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Soon after the murders, Jake is tormented by guilt. He admits to Carla that he didn't tell anyone about Carl Lee's plans, because he didn't believe Carl Lee would go through with them. In the book, he does tell the Sheriff, but the Sheriff is the one who downplays the potential danger.
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Kevin Costner was considered for the role of Jake Brigance, but wanted complete control of the project. Author John Grisham objected, and Costner passed on the project.
Matthew McConaughey was originally cast as Freddie Lee Cobb. After reading the script, he preferred the role of Jake Brigance. He went to director Joel Schumacher, who granted him a private screen test.
This was the second movie in which Kiefer Sutherland and his father Donald Sutherland both had roles. The first being Max Dugan Returns (1983).
The film cast includes six Oscar winners: Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey, Kevin Spacey, Brenda Fricker, Chris Cooper, and Octavia Spencer; and one Oscar nominee: Samuel L. Jackson
Donald Sutherland reportedly wanted Lucien Wilbanks to be much more of a radical drunkard. Joel Schumacher wanted a mostly serious drama, and said it would be too much comic relief.
Woody Harrelson wanted to play Jake Brigance, but John Grisham objected to his casting.
Joel Schumacher originally offered the lead role to Val Kilmer during the production of Batman Forever (1995), but Kilmer declined.
Paul Newman turned down the role of Lucien Wilbanks because he found the film's message distasteful.
Film debut of Octavia Spencer.
Among the numerous actors considered for the lead were Alec Baldwin, Brad Pitt, Bill Paxton, Ralph Fiennes, and Aidan Quinn.
Bruce Dern was the original choice for the role of Judge Noose, but he had other commitments.
Samuel L. Jackson and Kiefer Sutherland share the same birthday, December 21st.
Sandra Bullock and Kevin Spacey share the same birthday, July 26th.
Ellen Roark says she is a law student at Ole Miss. Sandra Bullock's character in Blindside (2010), Leann Touhy, was a graduate of Ole Miss.
Kevin Spacey and Samuel L. Jackson also appeared in The Negotiator (1998).
Joel Schumacher reunites Oliver Platt and Kiefer Sutherland, who were all part of Flatliners (1990).
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This was Kiefer Sutherland's second film with Alexandra Kyle. The two previously shared two scenes in the film, Eye for an Eye (1996).
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Kevin Spacey and Chris Cooper also appear in American Beauty (1999).
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Sandra Bullock and Kiefer Sutherland previously appeared in The Vanishing (1993).
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Final theatrical film of Joe Seneca.
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One of two 1996 releases starring both Matthew McConaughey and Chris Cooper. They also appeared in Lone Star (1996), but they don't share any scenes.
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Oliver Platt and Kevin Spacey previously appeared in Working Girl (1988).
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M. Emmet Walsh plays a character in this movie named Willard Tyrell Bass. The name Tyrell also appears in another movie Mr. Walsh was in, Blade Runner (1982).
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Although Sandra Bullock (Ellen RoArk) is suppose to be a young law student and Matthew McConaughey (Jake Brigance) is a law school grad and a father, Bullock is actually 5 years older in real life than McConaughey.
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Like John Grisham's novel, the movie was very controversial, and was widely accused of condoning murder.
In this movie, Ellen Roark is so disgusted by the death penalty, that she almost quits trying to be on Carl Lee Hailey's defense team, when she finds out that Jake Brigance is very much in favor of it. However, in this movie, she is trying to get Carl Lee Hailey off a murder charge, when he killed the two men who raped his daughter. Essentially, she was trying to get someone off, who had executed a death penalty to two men for their crime, before they had been convicted or even tried.

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