Skip to main content
  1. AXS Entertainment
  2. Arts & Entertainment
  3. Movies

'A Time To Kill' movie: True-story based on Mississippi rape

See also

"A Time To Kill" is a movie loosely inspired by a true story. Based on the John Grisham's book by the same name, the movie premiered in theaters in 1996 starring Samuel Jackson, according to the New York Times. The names were changed in the film.

"A Time To Kill" synopsis/plot

White lawyer Jake Brigance takes on the murder case of a Black man in Clanton, Miss, who is accused of killing two White men for the rape of his daughter.

"A Time To Kill" entertains themes of racial violence, rape, Ku Klux Klan, murder and courtroom drama.

According to John Grisham, he based the movie on a Mississippi case that happened sometime between 1980 and 1984 in Desoto County. Grisham stated that he heard the testimony of a rape case involving a teenage girl. He got the idea for the movie after he thought about what he might do in a case involving the rape of his daughter, according to TV.COM.

The movie is now available on DVD and shows on most cable channels.


Today's top buzz...

  • Backstreet Boys
    The Backstreet Boys have canceled several upcoming Israel shows, citing safety concerns
    Music Buzz
  • NFL
    The NFL is considering adding a stadium to Los Angeles, but is it a good idea?
    NFL Buzz
  • Hulk Hogan
    Hulk Hogan and Steve Austin are on board for this year's WWE SummerSlam
    WWE News
  • Paul McCartney
    Get an exclusive look at Paul McCartney's soundcheck for a recent performance
    20 Photos
  • Oscar contenders
    Oscar season is about to begin as fall festivals announce films
    9 Photos
  • Sammy Hagar
    Sammy Hagar is taking fans on a raucous history of rock on the road
    20 Photos