Small-town Alabama, 1932. Atticus Finch (played by Gregory Peck) is a lawyer and a widower. He has two young children, Jem and Scout. Atticus Finch is currently defending Tom Robinson, a black man accused of raping a white woman. Meanwhile, Jem and Scout are intrigued by their neighbours, the Radleys, and the mysterious, seldom-seen Boo Radley in particular. Written by
The Maycomb County Bank calendar in the background when Atticus throws a glass to Tom shows a 30 day month starting on Tuesday. June and September are the only summer months having exactly 30 days, but in September the children would have been in school rather than at the trial. Hence the film is depicting a year when June started on Tuesday. June started on Wednesday in 1932, on Thursday in 1933, on Friday in 1934, on Saturday in 1935, on Monday in 1936, and on Tuesday in 1937, so the film is set in 1936-1937 (or else the filmmakers had a different or incorrect or wrong Calendar). See more »
Directly after the scene where Jem and Scout are attacked while walking home through the woods, as Scout runs after the figure carrying Jem home, the trees and scenery can be seen through Scout in a ghostly fashion as if they were not originally part of the scene and were added afterward. Director Robert Mulligan mentions in the DVD commentary that this is the only special effect in the movie (at 1:56:39). This was necessitated because the extended shot shows the transition of Boo and Scout from the woods to the Finch house, because everything was shot at Universal Studios (Universal City, California), and because there were no woods near the studio recreation of Maycomb. See more »
After studying the outstanding book of To Kill A Mockingbird at school, I viewed this film, and was on the whole very impressed. Scout and Jem are portrayed brilliantly, considering the ages of the children who played them, and they, as with everything else in the production, are true to the book's spirit. Gregory Peck is perfect as the unflappable Atticus Finch, and deserved his Oscar. The music is worthy of praise, especially for the climatic scene, and the raw emotion and feeling of the book is amply conveyed. All of the cast are well cast, and it's interesting to ponder how much this film, at the time, would've shocked. That the book explores racism and outsiders in a southern town, through the eyes of a child is genius and works very nicely here. The only problems are minor- much of the book's counter-balancing humour was left out, certain characters are omitted (Dolphus Raymond and Aunt Alexandra), and some of the book's early characterisation is missed. Aside from these gripes, this is a magical film and a "must-see," as a companion piece to the classic novel. 9/10
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