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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.



(based on her novel "To Kill a Mockingbird"), (screenplay)
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Top Rated Movies #83 | Won 3 Oscars. Another 10 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Megna ...
Estelle Evans ...
Mayella Violet Ewell (as Collin Wilcox)
Mr. Gilmer - Prosecutor
Crahan Denton ...
Walter Cunningham Sr.
Nathan Radley


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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Academy Award winner! Best Actor Gregory Peck * Best Screenplay * Best Art Direction See more »


Crime | Drama


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Release Date:

16 March 1963 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Matar a un ruiseñor  »

Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Gregory Peck journeyed to Monroeville, Alabama with Robert Mulligan and Alan J. Pakula to meet Harper Lee's ailing father. True to the story, Amasa Lee really had been a widower who raised his children single-handed, a man, who at the same time, was always ready to defend a black man falsely accused of crimes he did not commit. That experience of meeting the actual man aided Peck's performance immeasurably. See more »


When Mr. Gilmer gets up to cross examine Tom Robinson, he walks past the seated Atticus at the defense table (at 1:29:52). You can only see the arm of the person as he walks by the table. The person who walks by is wearing a short-sleeved black t-shirt (he is probably a production stand in). When Mr. Gilmer reaches the witness, he is wearing the same light colored suit he has worn throughout the entire trial, which covers his entire arm. See more »


Jem: There goes the meanest man that ever took a breath of life.
Dill Harris: Why is he the meanest man?
Jem: Well, for one thing, he has a boy named Boo that he keeps chained to a bed in the house over yonder. Boo only comes out at night when you're asleep and it's pitch-dark. When you wake up at night, you can hear him. Once I heard him scratchin' on our screen door, but he was gone by the time Atticus got there.
Dill Harris: I wonder what he does in there? I wonder what he looks like?
Jem: Well, judgin' from his tracks, he's about ...
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introducing / Mary Badham as Scout / Phillip Alford as Jem See more »


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A Remarkably Simple and Simply Remarkable Masterpiece!
7 March 2005 | by (Bahawalpur, Pakistan) – See all my reviews

Very rarely, it happens that movies are made that are very simple in expression but possess monumental appeals and significant life lessons in a style only of the kind of their own that, we can't expect even. This fact is truthfully exemplified in this movie. It's not just a movie or even just a promising story in general, but all it portray's is "Innocence". A girl's recollection of her childhood days which are still at their full bloom in her mind, depicting the innocence of juvenile as well as as adult minds, a period where mostly immature minds become curious to the racial bigotry and sometimes mature minds become its prey and a time when harsh realities of life like intolerance, hatreds, prejudice and adversities of society gradually dawn upon them.

Atticus Finch ( Gregory Peck ) is an absolutely Gentleman Lawyer whose wife has passed away and he has a son and a daughter. A Black man Tom Robinson is wrongly alleged of raping a poor white woman. In fact, he a victim of white woman's effort to hide her guilt by targeting his innocence and utilizing favors of racial attitude of unsocial society towards Negros. Finch decides to defend him on his principles realizing that the narrow minded society will turn against him and so it happened and townspeople started making his life agonizing. The whole story is masterfully out shined by the ingenuousness, purity and innocence of his children with with a unique inspirational interaction with their father.

Boo Readly who lives in the town is mentally retarded and is sidelined by the society. He is a mark of fear and curiosity for children because he is different from others. But he is the one who marks the ultimate climax of this emotionally crafted masterpiece.

It's a must see movie for all ages in all times because it gives many priceless emotional and touching lessons for those who are sincere and perceptive.

A Remarkably Simple and Simply Remarkanble Masterpiece!!!

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