IMDB: 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.
SPOILER: Let’s go to the plot first: A 10 year old black girl was on her way from the grocery. Two dirty white men picked her up in their truck, drove to a field, tied her up, raped her, used her for target practice, peed on her and dumped her to die. The girl’s father decided to take the law into his own hands and avenger her daughter by killing the two men was on their way to their hearing for fear that they might only be given a 10 year sentence. The father then seeks the help of a white lawyer to defend him. And in the process of defending this black man, the Ku Klux Klan threatens the lawyer and everyone around him.
A rape is a rape but this feels 10 times more brutal because it’s a 10 year old girl raped by a two 20 year old. Aside from that, it blows out of proportion because it’s a war between white and colored people.
Another major issue of the film is can a black man really receive a fair trial in the case where he murdered two white men?
There were several amazing court scenes and among others: Thank God, Looney! (He’s the deputy who got shot when Carl Lee shot the two rapists). Although he was so sullen with his legs being amputated, he still defended Carl Lee on the stand! I think every father would do the same thing if their daughter was raped too.
I love Roark’s brilliance! ❤ She seems to have all the answers and solution to everything at the right time.
Also, a big applause to Brigance’s ending speech to the Jury. ❤ It’s full of emotions. He instructed the all white jury to close their eyes and imagine their own child being raped. You remember how Carl Lee explained that he is his secret weapon? It’s because he knows how ‘white people’ think – that’s how he’ll win the case.