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A Time to Kill

A Time to Kill

Joel Schumacher (1996)

15 Certificate


Our Score
This adaptation of John Grisham's first novel cleaned up at the box office and propelled the then unknown Matthew McConaughey to the front rank of Hollywood stars. McConaughey plays an inexperienced southern lawyer defending a working-class black father (Samuel L Jackson) who publicly murdered the man who abducted and raped his ten-year-old daughter. Sandra Bullock is the enthusiastic law student who offers to help McConaughey. In the redneck corner are politically ambitious district attorney Kevin Spacey and most of the small town of Clanton, Mississippi, where the Ku Klux Klan exerts a sinister influence. McConaughey makes a good fist of the lead role, but, as with most Grisham adaptations, the real strength is in the supporting turns - Spacey, Jackson, Donald and Kiefer Sutherland, Chris Cooper and Oliver Platt are all superb. It's a bit too long, but, as most lawyers charge by the hour, why should that be a surprise?


A lawyer in Mississippi agrees to defend a black man charged with killing the two racist thugs who raped his 10-year-old daughter - but he is ill-prepared for the racial tension and violence that erupts during the course of the trial. Courtroom drama, based on a novel by John Grisham and starring Matthew McConaughey, Sandra Bullock, Samuel L Jackson, Donald Sutherland and Kevin Spacey.

Cast & Crew

Jake Brigance Matthew McConaughey
Ellen Roark Sandra Bullock
Carl Lee Hailey Samuel L Jackson
Rufus Buckley Kevin Spacey
Harry Rex Vonner Oliver Platt
Sheriff Ozzie Walls Charles S Dutton
Ethel Twitty Brenda Fricker
Lucien Wilbanks Donald Sutherland
Freddie Cobb Kiefer Sutherland
Judge Omar Noose Patrick McGoohan
Carla Brigance Ashley Judd
Tonya Hailey Rae'ven Larrymore Kelly
Norman Reinfield Jonathan Hadary
Dr Rodeheaver Anthony Heald
Gwen Hailey Tonea Stewart
Pete Willard Doug Hutchison
Deputy Dwayne Powell Looney Chris Cooper
Billy Ray Cobb Nicky Katt
Stump Sisson Kurtwood Smith
Reverend Isaiah Street Joe Seneca
Dr Willard Tyrell "WT" Bass M Emmet Walsh
Tim Nunley John Diehl
Director Joel Schumacher
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Fortress Film Prods Ltd Guidance: Contains violence and some swearing. Available on: Available on video and DVD


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