Movie Of The Week: A Time To Kill

A Time To Kill

A Time To Kill
A Time To Kill

“They deserved to die for what they did and I hope they burn in hell!!!”

Close your eyes and imagine two men in a pick up truck take a little girl to the woods. Imagine a little girl being repeatedly raped, beaten, hit with full cans of beer bruising her down to the bone. Imagine a little girl being hung by the neck from a tree. The limb breaks and the men throw the little girl in the back of a truck The two men throw her off a bridge into a creek 30 foot below. NOW IMAGINE THAT THE LITTLE GIRL IS WHITE.

Carl Lee told his WHITE lawyer, “you’re just like the white jury. You don’t see me as a man. You see me as a black man, a negro, a colored man an African american. Not a Human”

A Time to Kill (1996)

A young lawyer defends a black man accused of murdering two men who raped his 10-year-old daughter, sparking a rebirth of the K.K.K.

Set in Canton, Mississippi, the film involves the rape of a young girl, the arrest of the rapists, their subsequent murder by the girl’s father, and the father’s trial for murder.

Two white racists, Billy Ray Cobb and James Louis ‘Pete’ Willard, rape Tonya Hailey, a 10-year-old black girl.

Tonya’s father, Carl Lee Hailey (Samuel L. Jackson), contacts Jake Brigance (Matthew McConaughey), a white lawyer. Brigance admits the possibility that the rapists will walk free. Carl Lee goes to the county courthouse and opens fire, killing both rapists and unintentionally injuring Deputy Looney. Carl Lee is arrested. Brigance agrees to defend Carl Lee.

The rape and subsequent revenge killing gain national media attention. The Ku Klux Klan begins to organize in the area. Freddie Lee Cobb (Kiefer Sutherland), the brother of Billy Ray, calls Brigance and makes death threats. The district attorney, Rufus Buckley (Kevin Spacey), decides to seek the death penalty, and presiding Judge Omar Noose denies Brigance a change of venue. Brigance seeks help for his defense team, close friend Harry Rex Vonner and former mentor and long-time liberal activist Lucien Wilbanks, a once-great civil rights lawyer.

Brigance is approached by Ellen Roark (Sandra Bullock), a law student from Massachusetts and member of the ACLU. Brigance is reluctant to accept Ellen’s help but agrees to let her help with the case. The Klan burns a cross on Brigance’s lawn. The police evacuate Brigance’s family from their house. One of the Klan members warns Brigance of an upcoming attack. Brigance finds a bomb. Brigance throws the bomb away before it explodes. Brigance sends his wife and daughter away.

As the trial begins, the KKK marches down Canton’s streets and meets a large group of mostly black protesters at the courthouse. A brawl ensues between the KKK and the black protesters. Brigance goes home but arsonists have burned down his house, nearly killing his dog Max in the process. The next morning, as the Mississippi National Guard is called in, Harry Rex arrives at the remains of the Brigance home and tells Brigance that it is time to quit the case. Brigance argues that to quit now would make his sacrifices meaningless. The jury secretly discusses the case. All but one are leaning toward a guilty verdict.

Ecclesiastes
A Time For Everything
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:
A time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot,
A time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down

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