In the town of Canton, Mississippi, ten-year-old African American Tonya Hailey (Rae'Ven Larrymore Kelly) is abducted, raped, and beaten by two local white men, Billy Ray Cobb (Nicky Katt) and Pete Willard (Doug Hutchison). The duo dump her in a nearby river after a failed attempt to hang her. Tonya survives, and the two men are arrested by Sheriff Ozzie Walls (Charles S. Dutton).
Tonya's father, Carl Lee Hailey (Samuel L. Jackson), contacts Jake Brigance (Matthew McConaughey), a white lawyer who previously defended his brother. Brigance admits the possibility that the rapists will walk free. Carl Lee goes to the county courthouse and opens fire with an automatic rifle, killing both rapists and unintentionally injuring Deputy Dwayne Looney (Chris Cooper) with a ricochet, whose leg is later amputated. Carl Lee is arrested and Brigance agrees to defend him.
|Genre:||Crime, Drama, Thriller|
|Produced By:||William M. Elvin, John Grisham, Arnon Milchan, Hunt Lowry, Michael G. Nathanson|
|Directed By:||Joel Schumacher|
|Written By:||Akiva Goldsman, John Grisham|
|Cast:||Tim Monich, Anthony Heald, Ryk St. Vincent, Terry Loughlin, Matthew McConaughey, Eva Ford, Chris Cooper, Robert Chapman, Patrick McGoohan, Leonard L. Thomas, M. Emmet Walsh, Lukas Cain, Mike Pniewski, Elizabeth Omilami, LaConte McGrew, Brenda Fricker, Thomas Merdis, Kevin Spacey, Rae'Ven Kelly, Byron Jennings, Tim Parati, Danny Nelson, Benjamin Mouton, Samuel L. Jackson, Stephanie Strickland, Andy Stahl, Devin Lloyd, Robert 'Bobby Z' Zajonc, Tonea Stewart, Donald Sutherland, Rebecca Koon, Beth Grant, Mark W. Johnson, Nicky Katt, David U. Hodges, Jonathan Hadary, Octavia Spencer, Kurtwood Smith, Jerry Hunt, Wayne Dehart, John Diehl, Jackie Stewart, Alexandra Kyle, Greg Lauren, Bettina Rose, Steve Coulter, Doug Hutchison, Graham Timbes, Kiefer Sutherland, Darrin Mitchell, Ashley Judd, Charles S. Dutton, Oliver Platt, Sandra Bullock, Joe Seneca|
|In Theaters:||Jul 24, 1996|
|Runtime:||2 hours 29 minutes|
|Production:||Regency Enterprises, Warner Bros.|
|Available On:||Amazon, Itunes, Vudu|
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