A Time to Kill

1996

Action / Crime / Drama / Thriller

173
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 67%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 86%
IMDb Rating 7.4 10 112919

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Cast

Matthew McConaughey as Jake Tyler Brigance
Sandra Bullock as Ellen Roark
Samuel L. Jackson as Carl Lee Hailey
Donald Sutherland as Lucien Wilbanks
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by zianimustafa 7 / 10

you have the right to kill ,,,,,,

I saw the movie and i liked it ...samuel jackson a father He avenged those who raped his daughter by killing them . The film revolves around the phenomenon of racism between whites and blacks and its great impact on society.... The story was good and the presence of Kevin Spacey was very important he has performed very well and this despite his secondary role The film is characterized by the blackness of the idea He was among the best court films In the latter he was oppressed and did not get what he deserved from popularity despite the Oscarsian cast 7/10

Reviewed by Alyssa Black (Aly200) 8 / 10

Haunting, Poignant and Tense

From bestselling author John Grisham comes this taut and suspenseful thriller about an African-American man on trial for killing his ten year old daughter's rapists and the crisis of faith his inexperienced Caucasian lawyer must deal with as he fights for his client's life.

With an all star cast, the charge is lead by Matthew McConaughey as the inexperienced Jake Brigance, a protégé of a famed but since disbarred legal figure in his community. McConaughey's Jake is naïve, arrogant and eager for his chance to participate in a murder trial to prove his metal. However each encounter with his client, Carl Lee Haley (a perfectly cast Samuel L. Jackson), chips away at Jake's foolish ideals as he must grow from a wannabe bigwig to a man humbled by what he uncovers as the trial when Jake realizes that a similar experience could befall his own young daughter. Jake even contends with the temptation of unfaithfulness by the allure of Sandra Bullock's intelligent Ellen Roark, but as Jake begins to find where his truths lie he finds himself unable to forfeit his marriage as he sees how much he really cares for the people around him. The momentous breakthrough has to be the final summation that Brigance gives to the jury as he describes the torment that Tonya Haley endured (watching McConaughey try to resist an emotional breakdown as he delivers the address is one of the most intense) and asks the all-white jury to imagine if Tonya were the same race.

The performances from Samuel L. Jackson, Sandra Bullock and Ashley Judd also rise to occasion especially for Jackson's Carl Lee as he embodies any father who would want to avenge a horrid wrong done to his child. It's Carl who humbles his naïve attorney and forces him to see the differences between the two of them; Jake being a privileged white attorney who can easily get sympathy while Carl is a black machine worker that killed two white men which Carl knows (and Jake soon realizes) is what could end up costing him his freedom or life. Bullock as Ellen Roark is used sparingly, but she becomes a vital member of Jake's legal arsenal as Ellen's vast knowledge helps educate Jake in how he proceeds with his defense of Carl Lee. Ellen also provides a solace for Jake when his marriage becomes rocky due to his decision to defend Carl leads to numerous attempts to harm them, but in the end Ellen knows that Jake won't risk his family to be with as her near-death experience reminds him of the human frailty in the world. And to briefly touch on Ashley Judd as the put-upon Mrs. Brigance, she brings a real depth to her performance as the actress balances between a woman who respects her husband's profession, but is afraid of the public repercussions though she ultimately sticks by her husband in a touching scene.

Grisham himself praised the film's faithfulness to his novel and the strong casting. Critics also praised the film's handling of such controversial subjects though many were still unsettled by the material. Do keep some tissues handy cause you may need them.

Reviewed by balakand 5 / 10

How is it even possible to have such a high rating?

This movie deserves 5/10. That's the maximum you could give. So many flaws in this movie which are very obvious through out the entire film. If you want to take a movie to condemn racism there are many justified ways of doing that. This movie makes no reasonable attempt to do any such thing. The lawyer character looks so dumb and idiotic in the whole movie. May be you have to read the book to understand what the hell is this all about. All big shots who acted in this movie will feel shameful if they watch this movie again now!

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