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Amputee: Minor Films  
TitleTime to Kill, A (1996)
Alternative/Original Title
DisabilityAmputee
CountryUSA
Length145
GenreLegal thriller
Rating4
DirectorJoel Schumacher
CastMattthew McConaughey Kevin Spacey Samuel L. Jackson Sandra Bullock Donald Sutherland Kierfer Sutherland
NotesThis is a good story with the audience always on edge. After a 10 year old girl is raped, so badly she won't be able to have children, her father kills the two men responsible and injures a deputy sheriff by mistake. The sheriff loses part of his leg (below the knee). I suspect all amputations in films like this are below the knee so the actor can have his leg tied up behind his thigh. The girl is black, the two dead rapists white which leads to all kinds of racial tension. The Klu Klux Klan is re-generated in this part of Mississippi and the NAACP come down to help. There's a strange cliched scene where the NAACP have been active in hiring a top-notch lawyer which the father turns down in favour of the local lawyer who he has known a long time. Both lawyers are white. The action carries us along so it's easy to forget how much is suppressed. We hear little of the effect on the father's family though we do see the lawyer sending his family away and having his house burned down. We don't see any discussion among the local red-necks, only their wanting to revive the Klan. You'd imagine that when a 10 year old is raped there might be some wavering even amongst them. But the core of the film is whether or not a black man can get a fair trial in the South. Only of course if he has a white lawyer. You'll probably enjoy this film but afterwards on reflection you'll be asking many questions. From John Grisham's novel.

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