To Kill A Mockingbird

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To Kill a Mockingbird is a textbook example of a message movie done right -- sober-minded and earnest, but never letting its social conscience get in the way of gripping drama.

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Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning autobiographical novel was translated to film in 1962 by Horton Foote and the producer/director team of Robert Mulligan and Alan J. Pakula. Set a small Alabama town in the 1930s, the story focuses on scrupulously honest, highly respected lawyer Atticus Finch, magnificently embodied by Gregory Peck. Finch puts his career on the line when he agrees to represent Tom Robinson (Brock Peters), a black man accused of rape. The trial and the events surrounding it are seen through the eyes of Finch's six-year-old daughter Scout (Mary Badham). While Robinson's trial gives the film its momentum, there are plenty of anecdotal occurrences before and after the court date: Scout's ever-strengthening bond with older brother Jem (Philip Alford), her friendship with precocious young Dill Harris (a character based on Lee's childhood chum Truman Capote and played by John Megna), her father's no-nonsense reactions to such life-and-death crises as a rampaging mad dog, and especially Scout's reactions to, and relationship with, Boo Radley (Robert Duvall in his movie debut), the reclusive "village idiot" who turns out to be her salvation when she is attacked by a venomous bigot. To Kill a Mockingbird won Academy Awards for Best Actor (Peck), Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Art Direction. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Cast

Gregory Peck
as Atticus Finch
Mary Badham
as Scout Finch
Phillip Alford
as Jem Finch
John Megna
as Dill Harris
Frank Overton
as Sheriff Heck Tate
Rosemary Murphy
as Miss Maudie Atkinson
Brock Peters
as Tom Robinson
Ruth White
as Mrs. Dubose
Estelle Evans
as Calpurnia
Robert Duvall
as Boo Radley
Paul Fix
as Judge Taylor
Collin Wilcox Paxton
as Mayella Ewell
James Anderson
as Bob Ewell
Alice Ghostley
as Stephanie Crawford
Crahan Denton
as Walter Cunningham
Richard Hale
as Mr. Radley
Graham Denton
as Walter Cunningham
Steve Condit
as Walter Cunningham
Bill Walker
as Rev. Sykes
Hugh Sanders
as Dr. Reynolds
Jester Hairston
as Spence Robinson
Jamie Forster
as Hiram Townsend
Nancy Marshall
as Schoolteacher
Kim Hamilton
as Helen Robinson
Kelly Thordsen
as Burly Man
Kim Hector
as Cecil Jacobs
David Crawford
as Tom Robinson
Guy Wilkerson
as Jury Foreman
Jay Sullivan
as Court Reporter
Barry Seltzer
as Schoolboy
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  • Feb 24, 2016
    To Kill a Mockingbird is an absolute classic and speaks a lot for what went down during its period it takes place. The performances are great and you learn some things from it.
    Mr N Super Reviewer
  • Dec 23, 2015
    "To Kill A Mocking Bird" is an amazing drama film of 1962. The plot to "To Kill A Mocking Bird" is about a man named "Atticus" portrayed by "Gregory Peck" who is a lawyer, which is currently defending a man named "Tom Robinson" portrayed by "Brock Peters". A woman named is accusing "Tom Robinson" of molesting and harming her. The movie is also about three children named "Jem Finch" portrayed by "Philip Alford", "Scout Finch" portrayed by "Mary Badham" and "Dill Harris "portrayed by "John Megna" who are attacked by their suspicious neighbour "Boo Radley" portrayed by "Robert Duvall". The very first scene of the movie is good; the movie does as it is supposed to and introduces the audience to the movie's actors. The half an hour courtroom scene is amazing; it's such an exciting scene to watch. The movie's climax is great; the final scene of the movie is a nice and sweet ending to this stunning movie. The Acting in this movie is superb "Gregory Peck" as "Atticus" is just an incredible actor. The music in this movie is stunning; one of the last scenes of the movie has some of cinema's most suspenseful music. "Elmer Bernstein" "To Kill A Mocking Bird's" music composer did a splendid job for composing the movie's music. The drama in this movie was handled very well; "To Kill A Mocking Bird" could've easily been a movie with a two-hour courtroom scene. "Robert Mulligan" The director of "To Kill A Mocking Bird" filmed the movie beautifully; in every shot he captured everything. If you are a person who has read the book then I highly recommend you watch "To Kill A Mocking Bird" as it has amazing acting, stunning visuals and thrilling music. Although the movie has some issues one being nothing happening with then two kids, more lead up to the courtroom scene and nothing really explained about the neighbour. I give "To Kill A Mocking Bird" a 9/10.
    Steve G Super Reviewer
  • Sep 20, 2015
    One of the best films ever made. If you haven't watched this, you're missing out on life.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • May 11, 2015
    A topnotch adaptation of a timeless literary classic. The courtroom scene was outstanding. It seemed that the content of the book was magically transformed into a motion picture. Nelle Harper Lee herself loved the film, so why shouldn't I?
    Maymay A Super Reviewer

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