A Time to Kill
The movie A Time to Kill was based on the book A Time to Kill.
Movie details for A Time to Kill
The movie was released in 1996 and directed by Joel Schumacher, who also directed Dying Young (1991) and The Client (1994). A Time to Kill was produced by Warner Home Video. More information on the movie is available on Amazon.com and also IMDb.
Actors on this movie include Matthew McConaughey, Sandra Bullock, Samuel L. Jackson, Kevin Spacey, Oliver Platt, Charles S. Dutton, Brenda Fricker, Donald Sutherland, Kiefer Sutherland, Patrick McGoohan, Ashley Judd, Tonea Stewart, Rae'Ven Larrymore Kelly, Darrin Mitchell, LaConte McGrew, Devin Lloyd, John Diehl, Chris Cooper, Nicky Katt and Doug Hutchison.
Book details for A Time to Kill
The plot turns with jeweled precision. Carl Lee Hailey gets an M-16 from the Chicago hoodlum he'd saved at Da Nang, wastes the rapists on the courthouse steps, then turns to attorney Jake Brigance, who needs a conspicuous win to boost his career. Folks want to give Carl Lee a second medal, but how can they ignore premeditated execution? The town is split, revealing its social structure. Blacks note that a white man shooting a black rapist would be acquitted; the KKK starts a new Clanton chapter; the NAACP, the ambitious local reverend, a snobby, Harvard-infested big local firm, and others try to outmaneuver Jake and his brilliant, disbarred drunk of an ex-law partner. Jake hits the books and the bottle himself. Crosses burn, people die, crowds chant "Free Carl Lee!" and "Fry Carl Lee!" in the antiphony of America's classical tragedy. Because he's lived in Oxford, Mississippi, Grisham gets compared to Faulkner, but he's really got the lean style and fierce folk moralism of John Steinbeck. --Tim Appelo