R | | Crime, Drama, Thriller
In Canton, Mississippi, a fearless young lawyer and his assistant defend a black man accused of murdering two white men who raped his ten-year-old daughter, inciting violent retribution and revenge from the Ku Klux Klan.
Paul Newman turned down the role of Lucien Wilbanks because he found the film's message distasteful.
You wanted this case, well you've got it. It isn't easy saving the world even one case at a time, but you stick with it. You just might have a knack for it. Don't do what I did. Don't quit.
Jake Tyler Brigance: What are you talking about, quit? You're a hero, Lucien.
Lucien Wilbanks: ...
During the sniper shooting on the courthouse steps: Ellen (Bullock's character) switches from one side of the steps to the other between shots after she has first turned around to get back into the building.
$19,630,000 (USA) (28 July 1996)