History Film / ATimeToKill

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.
28th Mar '16 7:15:46 PM DrOO7
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* DeathByAdaptation: Inverted. [[spoiler: Max the dog dies in the novel, but not the movie. Same with the Klan informant "Mickey Mouse", who is murdered by the Klan when they discover his action, and with Dr. Tyler Bass' unseen wife. In the book, she, their son, and their unborn child are killed in an accident. In the movie, Jake mentions in his closing arguments that the two are still HappilyMarried.]]


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* SparedByTheAdaptation: Max the dog, Klan informant "Mickey Mouse", and Dr. Tyler Bass' unseen wife all die in the book, but not the movie.
27th Mar '16 8:54:49 PM DrOO7
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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Jake tells Ellen to leave his office, knowing that they'll succumb to temptation if she stays. . .and she's kidnapped and assaulted by the Klan while driving home.
** He also puts Carl Lee on the stand, something even the worst defense attorney knows is generally NOT a good idea. Sure enough, the prosecutor gets Carl Lee to admit that he knew what he was doing when she shot his daughter's rapists, effectively torpedoing his insanity defense.
27th Mar '16 8:50:53 PM DrOO7
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* TheNotLoveInterest: Jake and Ellen, despite the very palpable mutual attraction, but Jake nixes it before it can even get started, no doubt because he's HappilyMarried.

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* TheNotLoveInterest: Jake and Ellen, despite the very palpable strong mutual attraction, but Jake nixes it before it can even get started, no doubt because he's HappilyMarried.
22nd Mar '16 9:54:46 PM DrOO7
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* FullyClothedNudity: Freddie tells Ellen, "I'm going to leave you here tied up naked.", but she's still in her underwear and the remnants of her shirt.



** 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.



-->With murder, the victim is gone, and not forced to deal with what happened to her. The family must deal with it, but not the victim. But rape is much worse. The victim has a lifetime of coping, of trying to understand, of asking questions, and, the worst part, of knowing the rapist is still alive and may someday escape or be released. Every hour of every day, the victim thinks of the rape and asks herself a thousand questions. She relives it, step by step, minute by minute, and it hurts just as bad."

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-->With -->"With murder, the victim is gone, and not forced to deal with what happened to her. The family must deal with it, but not the victim. But rape is much worse. The victim has a lifetime of coping, of trying to understand, of asking questions, and, the worst part, of knowing the rapist is still alive and may someday escape or be released. Every hour of every day, the victim thinks of the rape and asks herself a thousand questions. She relives it, step by step, minute by minute, and it hurts just as bad."



-->'''Jake:''' Yes, I want you to stay. ({{Beat}}) So you'd better go.
--> (When she's in the hospital)
--> '''Jake''': We make a hell of a team, Roark.
--> '''Ellen''': We might have

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-->'''Jake:''' '''Jake:''' Yes, I want you to stay. ({{Beat}}) So you'd better go.
--> (When (Later, when she's in the hospital)
--> '''Jake''': We "We make a hell of a team, Roark.
Roark."
--> '''Ellen''': We "We might havehave."
22nd Mar '16 1:30:27 AM Mdumas43073
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-->'''Lucien Wilbanks'''

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-->'''Lucien -->--'''Lucien Wilbanks'''
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