A 1995 crime thriller adapted from the novel by John Katzenbach, directed by Arne Glimcher and starring Creator/SeanConnery, with a supporting cast including Creator/LaurenceFishburne, Kate Capshaw, Blair Underwood, Ruby Dee, and Creator/EdHarris.
Harvard professor Paul Armstrong (Connery) is lured back into the courtroom after 25 years to take the case of a young black man condemned to death for the horrific murder of a child.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Bobby Ferguson was [[GroinAttack castrated]] in jail by the other inmates for the rape of a young woman.
* FalseConfession: Blair Sullivan claims credits for Bobby Ferguson's crime.
* GroinAttack: Bobby Fergson was castrated in jail.
* RightForTheWrongReasons: Bobby Earl is convicted on false evidence, a confession extracted through torture and prejudice. He's still guilty.
* SelfMadeOrphan: [[spoiler:Blair Sullivan has Bobby Ferguson kill his parents, in return for taking credit for the crime Bobby Ferguson commited.]]
* TragicVillain: It's implied that Bobby Earl wasn't actually responsible for the crime that got him castrated in prison (the rape Armstrong's wife charged him with); it's also implied that it was a combination of being castrated and denied any future after being kicked out of university which made him snap.
* WouldHurtAChild: Bobby Fergson committed the murder of a young girl, and when let out tries to kill the young daughter of the law professor who helped him out of jail and his wife who prosecuted him.