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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 10-year-old daughter, inciting violent retribution and revenge from the Ku Klux Klan.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jake Tyler Brigance
... Ellen Roark
... Carl Lee Hailey
... D.A. Rufus Buckley
... Harry Rex Vonner
... Sheriff Ozzie Walls
... Ethel Twitty
... Lucien Wilbanks
... Freddie Lee Cobb
... Judge Omar Noose
... Carla Brigance
... Gwen Hailey
... Tonya Hailey (as RaéVen Larrymore Kelly)
Darrin Mitchell ... Skip Hailey
LaConte McGrew ... Slim Hailey
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Storyline

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)  »

Also Known As:

Tiempo de matar  »

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Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,630,000, 28 July 1996, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$108,766,007

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$152,266,007
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2.35 : 1
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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. See more »

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When Jake goes to the judge's house to discuss "Change of Venue" before the trial; the shadows on the brick wall behind the judge change 3 times in only two(?) minutes. See more »

Quotes

Sheriff: Freddie Lee Cobb! We got something to talk about. Hastings, you belong over there with them.
[shoves Hastings over to Freddie]
Sheriff: Get over!
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Performed by Jesse Johnson
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A time to thrill!
9 August 2006 | by 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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