History Film / ATimeToKill

21st Jun '16 12:06:52 AM 10-13-2
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* FanDisservice: The sight of the shapely Sandra Bullock (as Ellen) being stripped to her underwear is completely undercut by the fact that it's in the course of a vicious Klan attack. She's not raped, but is left tied to a post in the middle of the woods so that she'll die of exposure.

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* FanDisservice: The sight of the shapely Sandra Bullock (as Ellen) being stripped to her underwear is completely undercut by the fact that it's in the course of a vicious Klan attack. She's not raped, but is left tied to a post in the middle of the woods so that she'll die of exposure. Freddie also says that after she dies the bugs will slowly eat her.


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* TwoDecadesBehind: The premise seems absurdly anachronistic, especially since the South couldn't have been ''that'' backward in the late 1980s and the Klan was rapidly being supplanted by neo-Nazi youth gangs by that point.
1st Jun '16 8:46:18 AM Mdumas43073
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--> '''Jake''': "We make a hell of a team, Roark."
--> '''Ellen''': "We might have."

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--> '''Jake''': "We We make a hell of a team, Roark."
Roark.
--> '''Ellen''': "We We might have."
31st May '16 8:57:25 PM Fireblood
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* InfantImmortality: Subverted as Tonya Hailey isn't killed, but is brutally beaten and raped. Played straight with Jake's dog Max. When Jake's house is torched by the Klan, he frantically tries to get inside to rescue him, but is held back. The house collapses in flames as he screams the dog's name. The next morning, as he sifts through the rubble, he continues to call out to Max. It seems futile--until Max finally emerges from the woods, frightened and covered with soot, but unharmed and just as overjoyed to see Jake as Jake is to see him.[[spoiler: Unfortunately, this is averted in the novel, where he dies.]]

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* InfantImmortality: Subverted {{Subverted}} as Tonya Hailey isn't killed, but is brutally beaten and raped. Played straight {{Played straight}} with Jake's dog Max. When Jake's house is torched by the Klan, he frantically tries to get inside to rescue him, but is held back. The house collapses in flames as he screams the dog's name. The next morning, as he sifts through the rubble, he continues to call out to Max. It seems futile--until Max finally emerges from the woods, frightened and covered with soot, but unharmed and just as overjoyed to see Jake as Jake is to see him.[[spoiler: Unfortunately, this is averted in the novel, where he dies.]]



* JerkassHasAPoint: Buckley and the prosecution's psychiatrist claiming that Carl Lee is sane. Umm. . .they're right.

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* JerkassHasAPoint: Buckley and the prosecution's psychiatrist claiming that Carl Lee is sane. Umm. . .Umm...they're right.right (as Carl privately admits).



* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Buckley puts the injured Deputy Looney on the stand. . .who states that he has no ill will towards Carl Lee and that he would have done the same thing. He also puts the mothers of the rapists on the stand. Jake promptly asks each of them "how many other children did he rape?", reminding the jury of just why their sons are dead.

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* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Buckley puts the injured Deputy Looney on the stand. . .stand...who states that he has no ill will towards Carl Lee and that he would have done the same thing. He also puts the mothers of the rapists on the stand. Jake promptly asks each of them "how many other children did he rape?", reminding the jury of just why their sons are dead.



* NoMeansYes: Ethel vehemently denies to Jake and Harry that she had an affair with Lucien. After she storms off, the two of them look at each other and declare, "She did him.", clearly having taken her denial as confirmation.

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* NoMeansYes: Ethel vehemently denies to Jake and Harry that she had an affair with Lucien. After she storms off, the two of them look at each other and declare, "She did him.", clearly having taken her denial as confirmation.confirmation (she was actually his ''father's'' mistress and mother of his half-brother in the book-obviously an AgeLift happened).



* WeDoTheImpossible: Brigance attempts to defend the African American worker Carl Lee Hailey - who killed two white men and stands by it - by pulling an InsanityDefence in a DeepSouth judicial system (with death row awaiting Hailey), pitted against a ruthless white prosecutor with a socially and politically influential background, a highly suggestible (as well as very opportunistic) magistrate, an all-white well-to-do jury who just wants to go home, a corrupted black activist group that holds out for a martyr (Hailey), KKK-members and neo-Nazis spreading terror and intimidating Brigance's co-workers into quitting one by one, and (to add insult to injury) weak and powerless local authorities who fail to hinder any of this. Oh, and there's also the rioting that breaks out halfway through the trial. And then the National Guard has to be called in. Well yeah, it really couldn't get any ''worse''. But hey, guess who wins in the end?

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* WeDoTheImpossible: Brigance attempts to defend the African American worker Carl Lee Hailey - who killed two white men and stands by it - by pulling an InsanityDefence in a DeepSouth judicial system (with death row awaiting Hailey), pitted against a ruthless white prosecutor with a socially and politically influential background, a highly suggestible (as well as very opportunistic) magistrate, judge, an all-white well-to-do jury who just wants to go home, a corrupted black activist group that holds out for a martyr (Hailey), KKK-members and neo-Nazis KKK members spreading terror and intimidating Brigance's co-workers into quitting one by one, and (to add insult to injury) weak and powerless local authorities who fail to hinder any of this. Oh, and there's also the rioting that breaks out halfway through the trial. And then the National Guard has to be called in. Well yeah, it really couldn't get any ''worse''. But hey, guess who wins in the end?
31st May '16 8:53:24 PM Fireblood
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31st May '16 8:53:11 PM Fireblood
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** He also leaves the courtroom after the verdict without a care in the world. In RealLife, anyone acquited because of insanity would be confined to a psychiatric hospital for an indeterminate length of time until deemed sane and no longer a danger to society or himself.
10th Apr '16 6:38:23 PM DrOO7
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* DecemberDecemberRomance: Jake's mentor and his secretary. It's implied she was his mistress back in their younger days and the scene after husband's funeral makes it pretty obvious the feelings are still there.

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* DecemberDecemberRomance: Jake's mentor Lucien and his secretary.secretary Ethel. It's implied she was his mistress back in their younger days and the scene after husband's funeral makes it pretty obvious the feelings are still there.


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* NoMeansYes: Ethel vehemently denies to Jake and Harry that she had an affair with Lucien. After she storms off, the two of them look at each other and declare, "She did him.", clearly having taken her denial as confirmation.
2nd Apr '16 8:47:47 PM DrOO7
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* MenCantKeepHouse: Jake sheepishly admits to Ellen that he's GoingCommando because the laundry has been piling up since his wife left town.
31st Mar '16 10:26:10 PM DrOO7
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* InfantImmortality: Subverted as Tonya Hailey isn't killed, but is brutally beaten and raped. Played straight with Jake's dog Max. When Jake's house is torched by the Klan, he frantically tries to get inside to rescue him, but is held back. The house collapses in flames as he screams the dog's name. The next morning, as he sifts through the rubble, he continues to call out to Max. It seems futile--until Max finally emerges from the woods, frightened and covered with soot, but unharmed and just as overjoyed to see Jake as Jake is to see him.[[spoiler: Unfortunately, he dies in the novel.]]

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* InfantImmortality: Subverted as Tonya Hailey isn't killed, but is brutally beaten and raped. Played straight with Jake's dog Max. When Jake's house is torched by the Klan, he frantically tries to get inside to rescue him, but is held back. The house collapses in flames as he screams the dog's name. The next morning, as he sifts through the rubble, he continues to call out to Max. It seems futile--until Max finally emerges from the woods, frightened and covered with soot, but unharmed and just as overjoyed to see Jake as Jake is to see him.[[spoiler: Unfortunately, he dies this is averted in the novel.novel, where he dies.]]
31st Mar '16 4:11:41 PM DrOO7
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* JerkassHasAPoint: Buckley and the prosecution's psychiatrist claiming that Carl Lee is sane. Umm. . .they're right.
31st Mar '16 4:06:19 PM DrOO7
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* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Buckley puts the injured Deputy Looney on the stand. . .who states that he has no ill will towards Carl Lee and that he would have done the same thing. He also puts the mothers of the rapists on the stand. Jake promptly asks each of them "how many other children did he rape?", reminding the jury of just why their sons are dead.
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