A Time to Kill | 1996

Drama, Adaptation
A black man stands trial for murdering the two rednecks that raped his daughter.
Director: Joel Schumacher
Awards: 1 Golden Globe nomination. Another 1 win & 2 nominations | full awards »

Cast

... Jack Brigance

Actor

... Ellen Roark

Actor

... Carl Lee Hailey

Actor

... Rufus Buckley

Actor

... Harry Rex Vonner

Actor

... Sheriff Ozzie Walls

Actor

... Ethel Twitty

Actor

... Lucien Wilbanks

Actor

... Freddie Cobb

Actor

... Judge Omar Noose

Actor

... Carla Brigance

Actor

... Gwen Hailey

Actor

Writers

Screenplay

Source Material (from novel)

Company

112th Military Police Battalion

Production Company

City and People of Canton

Production Company

Department of Defense

Production Company

Department of the National Guard Bureau

Production Company

Family of Walter Anderson

Production Company

Fire Department of Canton

Production Company

Synopsis

Old ways die hard... and even now in the fast-changing American South, some old ways die harder than others. It's the lesson learned by Carl Lee Hailey, a Mississippi factory worker, when his ten-year-old daughter is brutally assaulted by two racist thugs on a drunken spree. It's the lesson learned by eager young lawyer Jake Brigance, called upon to defend Carl Lee in court after Hailey shoots both men in an act of passionate retribution for the shattered innocence of his little girl. And it's the lesson learned by Ellen Roark, an energetic, ambitious and razor-sharp Boston-born law student at "Ole Miss." As Jake fights to defend Carl Lee, his own life and the safety of his family and colleagues become increasingly jeopardized. And now, as a full-scale conflagration simmers just below the surface and threatens to explode in this small, Southern community, Jake and Carl Lee must find a way to transcend their fundamental differences and work together for the same cause... equal justice.

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