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Absolutely Stunning Film,
This review is from: A Time to Kill (DVD)
I had the good fortune to see A Time to Kill in the theater when it came out in 1996. Like many other women who saw the film, I instantly fell deeply in love with Matthew McConaughy. His performance is so heartfelt and breathtaking, he should have gotten an Oscar nod. He did get noticed, though. People had a cover saying, "Where did this guy come from?" Equally high=caliber is Samuel L. Jackson's performance as a father whose little girl has been brutally raped by two rednecks.
The rest of the cast is very good. Sandra Bullock is, as always, a breath of fresh air. She and McConaughy have a lot of chemistry onscreen. Ashley Judd is good as McConaughy's spoiled, sorority queen wife.
The story is not for the fainthearted. A Time to Kill is not a light-hearted movie. It is serious, rich, and deeply moving. I challenge you not to cry. Race relations and personal convictions are put to the test when Jackson murders his daughter's accused attackers before they even go to trial. A scene where the Ku Klux Klan clash with black residents immobilized me with it's intensity.
One of the best movies I have ever seen.