A Time To Kill - Analysis

A Time To Kill- - Professor La Puma English 121 A Time To Kill In an era which should have long forgotten racial tensions bigotry and biases the

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Professor La Puma English 121 A Time To Kill In an era which should have long forgotten racial tensions, bigotry and biases, the eighties dug up the deep roots of the South to embark the small town of Clanton Mississippi onto a journey of sorrow, hatred, confusion, death and disarray. With one incident many lives can change. In an instance a law abiding citizen can become the criminal at hand, but is there ever sufficient cause for one to disconnect from societies standards and live by your own? In a compelling story of a father pushed to unthinkable limits in defense of his baby girl, A Time to Kill illustrates the agony outsiders can inflict on a family. When her life is physically and mentally shattered beyond repair, only the revenge that her father takes on her assailants can partially heal her wounds and satisfy justice for her family. In a matter of two months Ford County relived the drama and hatred experienced by their ancestors in earlier years. The success of this story lies in the fact that one young lawyer did not side with the majority, but rather took initiative in disrupting his normal life to venture outside of the normal realm and fight for a cause that was undeniably the hardest case he would ever experience in his life. And as Janet Maslin suggests, the trouble lies in whether or not Jake can play by the rules or rely on the reality of Southern justice and come up with a more uncon- ventional way of saving his clients life. (317) And although a win would prove to be very lucrative, his intentions far out weighed the promise of fame and luxury. Only with the help of three of his closest confidants was he able to keep his sanity and his client. Although movies many times fall short on the expectations from the book, this fiction to film greatly carried the drama, intensity and moral of the original script. Directed by Joel Shumacher, this story line takes on the soul
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of the book, and even though many details are omitted in light of keeping the film within time standards, the feel and heart of the story was not compromised. It also helped that the characters were played by “A” list actors, those which included: Sandra Bullock as Ellen Roark - the assistant; Samuel L. Jackson as Carl Lee Hailey - the father/defendant; Mathew McConaughey as Jake Brigance - the defense lawyer; Ashley Judd as Carla Brigance - the wife; Kevin Spacey as Rufus Buckley - the District Attorney; Oliver Platt as Ozzie Walls - the sheriff; Donald Sutherland as Lucian Wilbanks - the disbarred, alcoholic lawyer and many other well known talented actors that gave life and realism on the screen. Obviously a film cannot depict every single detail of a written work, and at times films are modified to sustain the public’s attention, so in this compare and contrast I will attempt to briefly summarize the overall events, but more so give input into the similarities and differences of the two art forms. In the book, Billy Ray Cobb and Pete Willard are described as the town’s
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