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A Time to Kill has it all Disbarred lawyers Ku Klux members corrupt police officers bombs courtroom drama fraudulent church preachers romance and psychiatrists but most of all racial tension in the southern states of the USA Set in the southern Mississippi town of Canton A Time to Kill is about a young up-coming lawyer Jake Brigance Matthew McConaughey who is hired to defend a black man Carl Lee Hailey Samuel L Jackson who gunned down two young rednecks who kidnapped and viciously raped his 10 year old daughter His case is made that much harder as he comes up against the ruthless District Attorney Rufus Buckley Kevin Spacey who figures that winning this case will be his ticket to becoming governor and who also happens to be a good friend of the judge Judge Omar Noose Patrick McGoohan The townsfolk of Madison County do not take kindly to a white lawyer defending a black man who gunned down two young white boys and so the Ku Klux Klan emerges led by Freddie Cobb Kiefer Sutherland whos brother was one of the boys accused of rape The newly initiated KKK members take to terrorizing Jake and all of those around him by burning a cross in backyard and scaring his wife Ashley Judd bashing his secretarys Brenda Fricker husband and kidnapping tying up his legal assistant Sandra Bullock and finally setting fire to his house and burning it to the ground One of the best elements of A Time to Kill is the cast members With a top-notch cast with acting ability and credentials to match A Time to Kill was a sure winner from the beginning Samuel L Jacksons performance is outstanding and powerful as an outraged and grief stricken father and really encourages viewers to sympathise to the actions that he took Kevin Spaceys act as the slimy prosecutor is very convincing Matthew McConaugheys performance is OK as well but sometime
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