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A Time to Kill (1996)

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In Canton, Mississippi, a fearless young lawyer and his assistant defend a black man accused of murdering two white men who raped his ten-year-old daughter, inciting violent retribution and revenge from the Ku Klux Klan.

Director:

Joel Schumacher

Writers:

John Grisham (novel), Akiva Goldsman (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 7 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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
RaéVen Kelly ... Tonya Hailey (as RaéVen Larrymore Kelly)
Darrin Mitchell Darrin Mitchell ... Skip Hailey
LaConte McGrew LaConte McGrew ... Slim Hailey
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Storyline

When Tonya Hailey, an innocent little African-American girl is raped and beaten by 2 beer-guzzling rednecks, the town of Canton, Mississippi is shocked. Her father Carl Lee Hailey is outraged, and figuring he could not see those boys set free, decides to take justice into his own hands and kills them in the court house, in front of numerous witnesses. Now it up to Jake Brigance to get Carl Lee off the hook. He has people that help him, but he is up against tough D.A. Rufus Buckley. Will he be able to prove that a black man can get a fair trial in Mississippi? Written by Alexis <LSmith6135@aol.com>

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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.

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

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 See more »

Goofs

When Ellen and Jake officially meet for the first time outside of Jake's office building, Jake asks Ellen what brings her to Canton. Ellen replies that it was Carl Lee Hailey that brought her to town. But in fact Ellen came to town for the arraignment of the rapist Billy Ray Cobb and James Louis Willard, before she would have known who Carl Lee Hailey was. See more »

Quotes

Jake Tyler Brigance: There ain't nothin' more dangerous in this world than a fool with a cause...
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Alternate Versions

The first name of the Jake Brigance character becomes ''Jack'' Brigance in the Italian version. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Who Do You Think You Are?: Ashley Judd (2011) See more »

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Written by Richard Paddison
Performed by Jesse Johnson
Courtesy of Dinosaur Entertainment
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Very well done
17 April 2001 | by Clever JonesSee all my reviews

I'm not sure why I didn't see this film when it came out, but I watched it for the first time last week and was blown away. "A time to kill" is not only very well done, but it shows the way racism is dealt with in an intertesting way. Every character is not only well developed, but the actors playing them make it totally believable.

Kevin Spacey and Samuel L. Jackson, who remain two of the finest American actors are definetly one of the best parts of the film. I'm not really sure how this film was received when it was released, but I consider it to be one of the most well done films I've seen recently.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 July 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Time to Kill See more »

Filming Locations:

Canton, Mississippi, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,823,159, 28 July 1996

Gross USA:

$108,766,007

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$152,266,007
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Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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