John Grisham's bestseller A Time to Kill hits the screen with incendiary force, directed by Joel Schumacher (Batman Forever, The Client). Sandra Bullock, Samuel L. Jackson, Matthew McConaughey and Kevin Spacey portray the principals in a murder trial that brings a small Mississippi town's racial tensions to the flashpoint. Amid a frenzy of activist marches, Klan terror, media clamor and brutal riots, an unseasoned but idealistic young attorney mounts a stirring courtroom battle for justice. The superb ensemble also includes Brenda Fricker, Oliver Platt, Charles S. Dutton, Ashley Judd, Patrick McGoohan, Chris Cooper and both Donald and Keifer Sutherland. These and other talents make A Time to Kill "one of the year's most powerful films" (Jeffrey Lyons, SNEAK PREVIEW/ABC WORLD NEWS NOW).
This is an awesomely told movie. Showing the tale from the lives of all the characters and not just the point of view of one person making it biased.
Based on the John Grisham book of the same name McConaughy plays a lawyer in the South on a trial on which a young black girl was brutually attacked by some white men.
With the themes of the KKK and general black racial hate present in the South this movie could have easily failed to tell a decent story, but it is far from that at all. The entire cast shines in this movie and it is easy to become ethralled in the story, which is something that all movies can only hope of achieving.
I really enjoyed this film, if enjoyed is the right word to use in terms of the events of this movie. I enjoyed that it switches from being Matthews movie, to being Sandras movie, to Samuels to Kevin Spaceys movie and all around. It had so many elements which all come together fantastically with this large ensemble cast. We really need a special edition of this movie
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