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A Time To Kill

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2 h 29 min1996X-Ray15
John Grisham's explosive novel is brought to the screen by Joel Schumacher. Carl Lee (Samuel L. Jackson) seeks violent revenge after his 10-year-old daughter is brutally assaulted. Lawyer Jake Brigance (Matthew McConaughey) has to save him from Death Row, against mounting pressure from both the Ku Klux Klan and the Civil Rights Movement. Sandra Bullock stars as Brigance's student lawyer aide, w...
Directors
Joel Schumacher
Starring
Ashley JuddSamuel L. JacksonPatrick Mcgoohan
Genres
Drama
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio Languages
English
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Supporting actors
Sandra BullockOliver PlattBrenda FrickerCharles S. DuttonMatthew McconaugheyDonald Sutherland
Studio
Fox
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4.6 out of 5 stars

2083 global ratings

  1. 76% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 13% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 5% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 2% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 3% of reviews have 1 stars
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RyanSReviewed in the United Kingdom on 06 December 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Truly abysmal
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A low-intelligence person might watch this and think it's a great film. It is not. It does have something to say on racism and does have a couple of feel-good moments (a Klansman getting set on fire is always worth a look). But it's a very badly made film. For example, Sandra Bullock's character gets taken and brutalised, tied to a tree, and in the very next scene is rescued, and, in the very next scene, McConnoghay is in court asking where she is. The film is littered with these silly moments. McConnoghay, ripping a bomb in two and then throwing it away before it blows up, was hilariously bad. The film also seems to have no problem portraying insanely drunk-driving as "Meh! No worries!" They were drunk off their faces in the previous scene, slamming tequila shots I believe, and driving home a moment later. "Good job," Bullock even remarked. ONE SINGLE PLUS was that I was waiting for McConnoghay and Bulluck to have their affair but mercifully they didn't. When the wife returned and told him she loves him, I thought "Good thing you didn't shag Bullock eh?!"

The cast do try their best; McConnoghay and Bullock are the highlights - Bullock is captivating beyond belief and McConnoghay is charming throughout, but I would say this is one of Samuel L. Jackson's worst ever performances, mainly due to a very unkind script. Kevin Spacy hams it up and might as well have grown a moustache to twirl for his big scenes.

Worst of all is the ending. I'm a proud liberal but even I was sat there rooting for a conviction. The film itself admits Jackson's character was fully aware of his intentions and he even broke into the courthouse one day, hid inside and planned his attack, had ALL NIGHT to think about it, then killed the two rapists. He was clearly of sound mind when he did it, albeit highly distressed because of the rape of his daughter. In the closing argument, McConnoghay told a very moving story about that rape, but didn't once actually connect that to the father's state of mind during the shooting. It ended with "Now imagine she was white." Right? So what? So a lot of people are racist. How does that justify taking the law into your own hands in THIS case? If the victim was a white child and her white father shot the rapists, he would still be guilty of murder!

Where was Spacy's final argument? He has his closing summation, the defence has their closing summation, then the prosecutors are supposed to have their FINAL summation, but don't. Almost every scene in the courtroom was EXTREMELY unrealistic - approaching the witness without permission, getting the jury to close their eyes, Spacy being allowed to badger the defendant into yelling "Yeah I'm glad they're dead and I hope they burn in hell!" Just ridiculous. I get it, it's supposed to add drama, but that's why I say only a low-intelligence person will be able to watch this thing without rolling their eyes every five minutes.

In short, this film is amazingly badly written, has an awful script, bad morals, and lots of really silly moments, but it might please the viewer if all they're looking for are cheap feel-good moments. "Yay! The KKK guy got set on fire!" and "Yay! The dog isn't dead after all." and "Yay, the jury (who all thought Jackson was guilty the night before!) suddenly changed their minds because racism exists."

I'd give it one star if it wasn't for McConnoghay being so damn charming and Bullock being just so adorable. Everything else? Utter garbage.
8 people found this helpful
Rupert GarciaReviewed in the United Kingdom on 07 February 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent Racial Drama
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Four stars for an great story, directing, acting and photography and a whole extra star for Sandra Bullock, who is absolutely gorgeous and really livens up the whole thing - for me at least.
I just cannot understand why so many so-called reviewers are ignoring the phenomenal emotional content of this film and instead are complaining about a piece of plastic and a few bits of paper in a box.
You are supposed to review the film here and not the medium and its container!
12 people found this helpful
Stefan MagieraReviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 June 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
White racist movie
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This is typical of white racism, yeah the little girl was raped and the guys that committed this obscene offence deserved to die, but when does taking the law into your own hands ever become justice? This film basically says if you are a Black person then it is acceptable to kill white people!!
The law and justice system are there for a reason, this is a movie like many others that are trying to start a race war!! typical left wing propaganda supporting blacks over whites.
6 people found this helpful
RENE'EReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 March 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
THE JURY GOT THE MESSAGE
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I have watched the film several times now and congratulations to all the actors . But rather than give a precis of the film I will jump to that emotional speech made by Jake in an effort to reach the heart of the 12 white jurors. It's heartbreaking to think that he has to resort to this tactic , this is a 10 year old little girl , let's hope this is a lesson to everyone and we learn from it, deserves your time
One person found this helpful
P. SpencerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 December 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
let down by the law
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I think this film gets praised more for the subject matter rather than the actual script. Well produced film, well acted but plays on, as many films and tv shows do, the misunderstanding of court room proceedings. For anyone who just wants to watch a movie, and can ignore legal inaccuracies, then they will be okay with this film.
2 people found this helpful
KidderReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 November 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
This was once a great film...
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But by today's standards, it hasn't dated well at all.

It's a racial drama with enough white privilege and black guilt to make you want to curl into a ball and die. I love both Matthew Mahoganny and Sam Jackson, as I love all the cast. Even Kevin Spacey is great in this...

But they don't get no more black and white than this and it is yet another one of those 'white guy saves the poor black guy' films and whilst the sentiment is there, it is in fact one of those films that your sociology teacher would put on because it's been a long weekend.

I thought that this was one of the best films when I was young. But now, in my elder years, I see it as some kind of ill attempt to smooth things over all those years back. If this was made today? Sheesh...

So watch it if you're into Sam Jackson or M.M. But it is nothing more than a champagne courtroom drama and a showcase for what someone thinks would be a perfect world.
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Happy HumanReviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 May 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fantastic adaption of John Grisham's novel. A must-watch.
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I did not expect to feel emotional near the end of the film, especially during Brigance's final summation in the courtroom. This film teaches us to search for the truth, look at the character of person before making any judgements or pre-judging a person; causes, effects and digging deep for truth, discovering the moral compass of being human, of justice and fairness, of what's right, wrong, true, untrue, of perceptions; regardless of background.

I read Grisham's book back in the 90's and the film adaptation shares the message very well.
Big Mama Music - Aydenne SimoneReviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 October 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent - kept me engaged throughout!
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Really, really enjoyed this. The box office names just kept coming!; Samuel L Jackson, Spacey, Matthew David McConaughey, Patrick McGoohan, Donald Sutherland, and his son......oh wow the killer actor names just kept coming. Not disappointed at all. Sadly the systemic racial issue is alive and well even in 2020 so this movie is both current and so important right now as we speak. All the performances were brilliantly on point and so very watchable.
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