A Time to Kill

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  • R
  • 1996
  • 2 hr 29 min
  • 7.5  (180,150)
  • 54

The movie starts in a place called Canton, Mississippi in which Tonya Hailey, a ten year old girl, was brutally raped by two racist individuals named Billy Ray Cobb and James Louis Willard. Tonya was then rushed to the hospital while the two racist rednecks were bragging about what they have done to Tonya. Carl Lee Hailey, Tonya’s father, recalls a similar case that happened a year before. Four men raped an African-American girl in a nearby town, and they got away with it. Carl was determined to not let such an injustice happen to her daughter.

James and Billy was arrested and scheduled for court. However, in the courthouse, Carl shot the two men as vengeance for what they did to her daughter. Carl was then arrested and is scheduled for a trial.

The NAACP and some African-American leaders try to persuade Carl to choose a top notch attorney. However, Carl chose Jake Tyler Brigance. The presiding judge was Judge Omar Noose. Rufus Buckley was the prosecution attorney. Carl’s attorney did receive a lot of help from other attorneys by joining their team.

Noose denies the request of the defendant to change of venue and also denies bail. Carl learned from his wife that a doctor informed her that Tonya’s reproductive organs where severely damaged during the rape that she will not be able to bear a child when she grows up.

A member of the KKK was found trying to place bomb in Jake’s house. Other members of Jake’s staff were also attacked by other KKK members. However, they continue to help Jake’s case.

The day that the trial began, a riot has brewing outside the courthouse between the local African-American residents and KKK. Stump Sisson became a casualty of a Molotov cocktail that was thrown by one of Carl’s son. However, he was not seen throwing it.

The KKK continued their threat that includes the burning of several crosses all around Canton. One burned cross was planted outside Jake’s house that caused Jake’s house to catch on fire. Thankfully, Jake and his family were not home when the house burned to the ground.

Because of the increasing violence in Canton, the National Guard was assigned to secure the peace. However, Freddy was determined to get his revenge because of Billy Ray’s death that he did not let the National Guard stop him. Meanwhile, Jake and his team are putting all the efforts they can muster to Carl’s defense.

A Time to Kill is a 1996 crime movie with a runtime of 2 hours and 29 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.5 and a MetaScore of 54.

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    2 hr 29 min
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  • IMDB Rating
    7.5  (180,150)
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