A Time to Kill
A Time to Kill
- 2h 30m
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It's summer, and conflict simmers just below the surface of a steamy Southern town. Passions ignite after the brutal rape of a young black girl, and suddenly it's a time to question, to rage and to kill. Into this cauldron of bigotry and vengeance enters an idealistic young lawyer who risks his job, his home and his family to fight for justice in this hard-edged adaptation of John Grisham's best-selling novel.
© 1996 A Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.
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Critics Consensus: Overlong and superficial, A Time to Kill nonetheless succeeds on the strength of its skillful craftsmanship and top-notch performances.
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Common Sense Says
Legal drama candidly tackles race relations in America.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that A Time to Kill is a drama set in Mississippi about a white lawyer (Matthew McConaughey) who defends a black man (Samuel L. Jackson) accused of killing the two white men who raped his 10-year-old daughter. The chain of events following the death of these men creates an atmosphere of tension within the small Southern town, and revenge is sought by the Ku Klux Klan. Expect to see racial violence (including a cross burning) and the use of guns/weapons; characters are killed, and the rape scene is very upsetting. Characters swear ("s--t" and more) and use racially charged slurs (the "N" word); they also drink and smoke. The movie is based on the popular novel by John Grisham and has themes of integrity and perseverance.
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- Genre:Drama, Thriller
- Release Date:July 24, 1996
- Audio Format:5.1
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