A Time to Kill
2001. 2nd Printing
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John Grisham's bestseller A Time to Kill hits the screen with incendiary force, directed by Joel Schumacher (Batman Forever, The Client). Sandra Bullock, Samuel L. Jackson, Matthew McConaughey and Kevin Spacey portray the principals in a murder trial that brings a small Mississippi town's racial tensions to the flashpoint. Amid a frenzy of activist marches, Klan terror, media clamor and brutal riots, an unseasoned but idealistic young attorney mounts a stirring courtroom battle for justice. The superb ensemble also includes Brenda Fricker, Oliver Platt, Charles S. Dutton, Ashley Judd, Patrick McGoohan, Chris Cooper and both Donald and Keifer Sutherland. These and other talents make A Time to Kill "one of the year's most powerful films" (Jeffrey Lyons, SNEAK PREVIEW/ABC WORLD NEWS NOW).
You wouldn't know it by watching the Batman movies they collaborated on, but this smart adaptation of John Grisham's novel proves that director Joel Schumacher and screenwriter Akiva Goldsman have some talent when the right project comes along. Schumacher had previously directed Grisham's The Client, and brought equal craft and intelligence to this story about a young Southern attorney (Matthew McConaughey, in his breakthrough role) who defends a black father (Samuel L. Jackson) after he kills two men who raped his young daughter. Sandra Bullock plays the passionate law student who serves as McConaughey's legal aide and voice of conscience in the racially charged drama. Added to the star power of the lead roles is a fine supporting cast, including Kevin Spacey, Ashley Judd, and Oliver Platt. --Jeff Shannon
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Wow. I really had forgotten this film. The impact upon watching it this morning was forceful. Highly riveting, emotionally powerful. It's message is as powerful today as it was then. The last scene of the film had me in tears. I am so happy I revisited this movie. Looks pretty darn good on Blu.
A very important film -- especially with all the racism that still exists in our country today.
The simple menu does not even appear unless you click to it. The movie just starts playing, or if you are on the 2nd side, a scene starts as abruptly as the 1st side ends! There are some chapter stops, but it's like every 5 chapters or so.
My DVD (received from Amazon.com) was not labeled properly. The side with no label is actually side one (assuming you are looking at it, with the playing side down) and the side that IS labeled actually has side two underneath. So you would really have no idea how to start this movie for the first time.
I do like this approach, however. For nearly 3 hours, there were absolutely no skips or pauses. It is just one beautiful movie that flows & plays flawlessly for approx. 75 minutes -- you flip the DVD over -- and it plays perfectly again for another 75 minutes or so. I do not experience that often! There are no special features which is fine with me. It was such a joy to watch such a smooth program.
I'm rating it 4-stars because the DVD is mislabeled by Warner Bros. It would have been nice to know that it was two-sided ahead of time.