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A Time to Kill | 1996 | R | - 0.6.4

Based on John Grisham's novel, a young attorney represents a black father accused of murdering his daughter's rapists.

SEX/NUDITY 0 - None.

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VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - A few explosions and fires, a few scenes where people are beaten up and terrorized (later we see bruises, blood and scratches on them). People are shot and sometimes killed, a pool of blood is shown after one shooting, blood spurts from a gunshot wound once, a close-up knife cut with blood. A girl is raped and we see her limbs tied and the men climbing on top of her from her viewpoint; we see her legs kicking as she is strung up from a tree. Later we see her bloody, scratched legs and her bloody, swollen, disfigured face.

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LANGUAGE 4 - One flip of the bird, some mild obscenities and scatological references, a few anatomical references, many racial slurs.

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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Racism, revenge, rape, the legal system.
MESSAGE - Keep fighting racism because it still exists.
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We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.



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