Review: 7.5 out of 10 stars.
Based on the book of the same title by John Grisham, Matthew McConaughey as the defense lawyer Brigance and Sandra Bullock as the intern Irene Roark. The 2 then young actors had amazing chemistry with lots of tension between. The wife (Judd) played a smaller role but ultimately was the one who pointed out the key to win the case, that it’s not a case about racism, but a case about a daughter that a father felt that he could not fulfill his duty.
Jackson played a less role and Spacey did not portray as a strong prosecutor as his future roles in life.
No after the credits.
Keywords: crime, thriller, law, court
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Overall it’s somewhat close to the book’s main plot but some plots were collapsed and changed the meaning. The book hinted Roark was infatuated by Brigance but he was faithful. In the movie, it showed as if he almost did cheat on his wife, making him a character with poor judgement to even remotely let that happen.
Another discrepancy between the book and the movie was that in the movie McConaughey asked the jurors to close their eyes and imagine if they had a little girl and had same thing happened to her. While the book did note that he asked the jurors to close their eyes and implied the description, Brigance never ended the line with “now imagine if she’s white.” The book simply pointed out it’s a matter of true insanity without ever using a race card. Maybe the writer of the movie decided to make it more dramatic, or was worried that McConaughey could not deliver the otherwise very convincing reasoning. This mistake is unforgiven and unfortunate.