Overall Rank: 956
Average Rating: 2.9/4
# of Ratings: 242
Theatrical Release Date: 07/24/1996
Genre: Crime, Drama
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Joel Schumacher
Actors: Matthew McConaughey, Sandra Bullock, Samuel L. Jackson, Kevin Spacey, Oliver Platt, Charles S. Dutton
Plot: In the town of Clanton, Mississippi a young black girl is raped and beaten by two white men. The father, deciding to take justice in his own hands, kills the men in court. With racial tensions about to break on both sides, a young lawyer takes on the case but it may cost him his practice or even his life. -- Chris Kavan
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Yojimbo - wrote on 06/25/2012
I usually detest John Grisham's brand of airport populist courtroom trash, but an impressive cast elevates this above the usual white liberal take on southern racism. The characters are wall to wall cliches, but decent character actors keep them interesting, particularly SLJ and Donald Sutherland.
Michael - wrote on 06/15/2012
A great film that lots of people have not seen MCConaughey's speach at the end is heartrenching
Daniel Corleone - wrote on 12/31/2011
It starts where a 10-year-old Tonya Hailey is viciously raped and beaten by two white racists—James Louis "Pete" Willard and Billy Ray Cobb. Carl Lee Hailey, recalls a similar case from the year before wherein four white men raped a black girl in a nearby town. Billy Ray Cobb's brother, Freddy Lee Cobb, is seeking revenge for Carl Lee's killing of his brother. A remarkable plot with endearing portrayals from almost every cast. A Time to Kill is a smart drama with believable situations.
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mdtinney - wrote on 04/26/2009
First rate adaptation of a top notch John Grisham novel directed by Joel Shumaker about a revengeful father (Samuel L Jackson) on trial for the murder of two white supremist brothers charged with the brutal rape and attempted murder of Jackson's 10 year old daughter. This movie is a must see as it deals with the racial tension in Mississippi during the trail. Matthew McConaughey becomes a bonified star after his portrayal of the Attorney hired to defend Jackson. The supporting cast includes great performances by Sandra Bullock , Kevin Spacey , Oliver Platt , Charles S Dutton , Keifer and Donald Sutherland , and Ashley Judd. Great acting , screenplay , and directing helps this movie land at #4 in my top 100!!! You will not be dissapointed in this movie!!
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