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To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 16 March 1963 (USA)
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Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his children against prejudice.

Director:

Robert Mulligan

Writers:

Harper Lee (based on her novel "To Kill a Mockingbird"), Horton Foote (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gregory Peck ... Atticus Finch
John Megna ... Dill Harris
Frank Overton ... Sheriff Heck Tate
Rosemary Murphy ... Maudie Atkinson
Ruth White ... Mrs. Dubose
Brock Peters ... Tom Robinson
Estelle Evans ... Calpurnia
Paul Fix ... Judge Taylor
Collin Wilcox Paxton ... Mayella Violet Ewell (as Collin Wilcox)
James Anderson ... Bob Ewell
Alice Ghostley ... Aunt Stephanie Crawford
Robert Duvall ... Boo Radley
William Windom ... Mr. Gilmer
Crahan Denton ... Walter Cunningham Sr.
Richard Hale ... Nathan Radley
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Storyline

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 grantss

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

16 March 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

To Kill a Mockingbird See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$357,549, 24 March 2019

Gross USA:

$592,237

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$599,146
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

After being offered the role of Atticus Finch, Gregory Peck quickly read Harper Lee's novel in one sitting and called director Robert Mulligan immediately afterwards to say that he would gladly play it. See more »

Goofs

With the story set in 1932, the "ham" costume Mary Badham (Scout) wore was clearly made from fiberglass, not paper mache. Fiberglass was invented in 1932-1933 by Russell Games Slayter of Owens-Corning, as a material to be used as thermal building insulation. The first commercial production of glass fiber was in 1936. I seriously doubt that anyone in Maycomb, Alabama would have had access to fiberglass at that time. See more »

Quotes

Atticus Finch: There are some things that you're not old enough to understand just yet. There's been some high talk around town to the effect that I shouldn't do much about defending this man.
Scout: If you shouldn't be defending him, then why are you doing it?
Atticus Finch: For a number of reasons. The main one is that if I didn't, I couldn't hold my head up in town. I couldn't even tell you or Jem not to do somethin' again.
[he puts his arm around her]
Atticus Finch: You're gonna hear some ugly talk about this in school. But I want you to ...
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5 April 2004 | by Pickwick12See all my reviews

Generally, I prefer to review movies I dislike, because I am better able to quantify negative opinions than positive ones, but "To Kill a Mockingbird" deserves a review as few other movies I have ever seen. I probably cannot make any statement about this film that has not already been made many times, but it really is one of the most beautiful and moving films I have ever seen.

I first read Harper Lee's lovely novel when I was a young teen, and it was one of those books that gave me an experience that changed the way I perceived the world and my own family. The movie stays true to the wonderful, innocent prose.

Every time I watch, I see my father in Atticus Finch. He, too, is a southerner who respects people and defends his beliefs. He also has always respected his children and treated us the way Atticus treats Scout and Jem. I also see other family and friends in various characters in the film, because we have such strong southern roots. Even the negative aspects of racial antipathy and loss of childish innocence bring certain memories to mind.

Those who did not grow up in the south or with southern families might not see parallels the way I do, but the movie would be a gem to anyone. Gregory Peck put in the performance of his career, and the children acted in the least forced manner I have ever seen. The cinematography is also beautiful, and the script is perfectly balanced-not too sparse, but also not dialogue heavy.

The best thing about "To Kill a Mockingbird" is that it preserves the spirit of the novel that resounds with so many people. This film stands as one of the best ever arguments for tolerance, loving families, and the beauty of life through a child's eyes. Everyone who watches movies ought to see it.


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