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A Time to Kill

A Time to Kill

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Carl Lee Hailey (Samuel L. Jackson) takes the law into his own hands after the legal system fails to adequately punish the men who brutally raped and beat his daughter, leaving her for dead. Normally, a distraught father could count on some judicial sympathy in those circumstances. Unfortunately, Carl and his daughter are black, and the assailants are white, and all the events take place in the South. Indeed, so inflammatory is the situation, that the local KKK (led by Kiefer Sutherland) becomes popular again. When Hailey chooses novice lawyer Jake Brigance (Matthew McConaughey) to handle his defense, it begins to look like a certainty that Carl will hang, and Jake's career (and perhaps his life) will come to a premature end. Despite the efforts of the NAACP and local black leaders to persuade Carl to choose some of their high-powered legal help, he remains loyal to Jake, who had helped his brother with a legal problem before the story begins. Jake eventually takes this case seriously enough to seek help from his old law-school professor (Donald Sutherland). When death threats force his family to leave town, Jake even accepts the help of pushy young know-it-all lawyer Ellen Roark (Sandra Bullock).

Product Details

Release Date: 11/03/2009
UPC: 0883929090945
Original Release: 1996
Rating: R
Source: Warner Home Video
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 2:30:00
Sales rank: 562

Special Features

Closed Caption; Production notes; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Matthew McConaughey Jake Brigance
Samuel L. Jackson Carl Lee Hailey
Sandra Bullock Ellen Roark
Kevin Spacey Rufus Buckley
Brenda Fricker Ethel Twitty
Oliver Platt Harry Rex Vonner
Ashley Judd Carla Brigance
Andy Stahl Juror
Tonea Stewart Gwen Hailey

Technical Credits
Joel Schumacher Director
Dorree Cooper Set Decoration/Design
Keith P. Cunningham Set Decoration/Design
William M. Elvin Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Ingrid Ferrin Costumes/Costume Designer
Mali Finn Casting
Larry Fulton Production Designer
Elliot Goldenthal Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #, Side A -- Time to Kill
4. Chapter 4
7. Chapter 7
15. Chapter 15
17. Chapter 17
23. Chapter 23
Disc #1, Side B -- Time to Kill
5. Chapter 5
13. Chapter 13
15. Chapter 15
19. Chapter 19
23. End Credits

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A Time to Kill 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great action movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this movie sent such a strong message. The book was excellent also. I thought the closing sermention 'the truth via the heart' by Jake was genuis! If anyone has the words to the sermation please give them to me...i need it for school...thanks...and if you have only seen the movie read the book its terrific!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i love this movie. If you do too, then you should read the book. There is so much more in the book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is a great movie & powerful has to be one of the best!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Our country may not always like to face itself, but when it does it is at its best--and an example for countries abroad. As our country is changing demographically and racially, this is a movie that should be watched as racial tension and brutality is always native to the United States. It is as Samuel L. Jackson said, "A battlefield."
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I saw this movie I knew this was something that could begin putting a dent into the whole racial experience. Who knows what they would have done in this situation. But the subliminal messages were most powerful.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is one the best movies I have ever seen. If you want to see it then buy it or rent it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best movies I have ever seen. I'm not just saying that because I'm in love with Matthew McConaughey, although I have to admit he gave a brillant performance. It's a very touching movie. It deals with discrimination and justice. My favorite part of the movie is near the end when Jake(McConaughey) tells everyone the story of the little girl. It brings everyone to tears including me. I reccommend for everyone to see this movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is by far one of the best movies of all time. It's a movie that almost anyone can appreciate.
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It's too bad that another Grisham plot is interrupted by the formatting of the disc! Half the movie is on side One; the other half is on side Two!! So if you want to see the whole of the movie, you have to get up, go to the DVD player and turn the disc over. There is no earthly reason for splitting the movie in this way, and no indication on the cover that this is the way it is formatted. Otherwise, a griping, tragic and suspenseful story based on what to some may seem outdated attitudes, but which ring very true even today.