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Hey, Boo: Harper Lee and 'To Kill a Mockingbird' (2011)

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Fifty years after winning the Pulitzer Prize, To Kill a Mockingbird remains a beloved bestseller and quite possibly the most influential American novel of the 20th Century. Nearly one million copies are sold each year and the novel has been translated into more than forty languages worldwide. The film version, starring Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch, won a trio of Academy Awards, and the U.S. Postal Service's new stamp honoring Peck depicts him wearing glasses, as Finch. Behind it all was a young Southern girl named Nelle Harper Lee, who once said that she wanted to be South Alabama's Jane Austen. Hey, Boo explores Lee's life and unravels some of the mysteries surrounding her, including why she never published again. Containing never-before-seen photos and letters and an exclusive interview with Lee's sister, Alice Finch Lee, the film also brings to light the context and history of the novel's Deep South setting and the social changes it inspired after publication. Oprah Winfrey, Tom Brokaw, Anna Quindlen, Rosanne Cash, Wally Lamb, Richard Russo, Scott Turow, Andrew Young and others reflect on the novel's power, influence, and popularity, and the many ways it has shaped their lives. --(c) First Run Features

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Critic Reviews for Hey, Boo: Harper Lee and 'To Kill a Mockingbird'

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Between interviews about the merits and courage of the novel and clips from the 1962 film adaptation that earned Gregory Peck an Academy Award, Mary McDonagh Murphy's directorial debut offers up a few morsels of fresh material.

June 24, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Here's a riddle. Why is any documentary about Harper Lee like a doughnut? Because both have a hole in the middle.

May 31, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Harper Lee hasn't been interviewed in 47 years, but this meditation on her only novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, puts you inside her skin.

May 27, 2011 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

It would have been wonderful if Lee had consented to an interview for this documentary, but at least we have, among many others, her 99-year-old sister Alice.

May 26, 2011 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Fascinating documentary about the reclusive author and her sole literary masterpiece.

May 20, 2011 | Full Review…

An unremarkable docu.

May 18, 2011 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Hey, Boo: Harper Lee and 'To Kill a Mockingbird'

With Harper Lee politely declining to be interviewed director Mary Murphy had to rely on the recollections of friends and associates to piece together this interesting but somewhat anticlimactic documentary about one of America's most beloved authors.

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