A Time to Kill (1996)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Sandra Bullock Ellen Roark
Charles Dutton Sheriff Ozzie Walls
Brenda Fricker Ethel Twitty
Ashley Judd
Samuel L. Jackson Carl Lee Hailey
Matthew McConaughey Jake Brigance
Patrick McGoohan Judge Omar Noose
Oliver Platt Harry Rex Vonner
Kevin Spacey Rufus Buckley
Tonea Stewart Gwen Hailey
Donald Sutherland Lucien Wilbanks
Kiefer Sutherland Freddie Cobb
Graham Timbes Male Juror
Movie Details
Genre Drama; Thriller
Director Joel Schumacher
Producer John Grisham; Hunt Lowry; A. Hunt Lowry
Writer John Grisham; Akiva Goldsman
Studio Warner Brothers
Language English
Audience Rating R (Restricted)
Running Time 150 mins
Country USA
Color Color
IMDb Rating 6.9
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). — Clarke Fountain
Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 286
Collection Status In Collection
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Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio Widescreen 2.35:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Layers Dual side, Single layer
UPC 085391431725
Chapters 23
Release Date 2/3/2004
Subtitles English; Spanish; French
Packaging Snap Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital 5.1
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Closed-captioned Widescreen