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To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

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Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his kids against prejudice.



(based on her novel "To Kill a Mockingbird"), (screenplay)
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Based on Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize winning book of 1961. Atticus Finch is a lawyer in the fictional town of Maycomb, Alabama a racially divided Alabama town, set in the early 1930s, and modeled after Monroeville where Harper Lee grew up. Finch agrees to defend a young black man who is accused of raping a white woman. Many of the townspeople try to get Atticus to pull out of the trial, but he decides to go ahead. How will the trial turn out - and will it effect any changes in racial attitudes in Maycomb? Written by Brian Daly <bd64kcmo@aol.com>

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The most beloved Pulitzer Prize book now comes vividly alive on the screen! See more »




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16 March 1963 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Matar a un ruiseñor  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Robert Mulligan's way of handling his child actors was to let them play together while keeping the cameras as unobtrusive as possible. See more »


Similar to her "close up" conversation with Jem about retrieving his breeches, Scout mouths Atticus' next lines when begging to be allowed a ride to visit Tom Robinson's family before the court case. See more »


Miss Maudie Atkinson: Jem.
Jem: Yes, ma'am?
Miss Maudie Atkinson: I don't know if it will help saying this to you... some men in this world are born to do our unpleasant jobs for us... your father is one of them.
Jem: Oh, well.
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enough can't be said
11 April 2002 | by (Nebraska) – See all my reviews

Enough good things can't be said about this movie. It is undoubtedly one of the best and most moving films ever made. No other racial injustice or discriminatory based movie can even compare with "To Kill a Mockingbird". This movie not only makes you sympathize with those who were being discriminated against, but also those who fought for those people. One of the most moving parts of the movie is when Atticus Finch is leaving the court room and Reverend Sykes tells Scout to "stand up your father is passing".

Gregory Peck has always been one of my favorite actors. This is definitely one of my favorite roles that he has ever played, and he does an excellent job at it. Mary Badham and Philip Alford are excellent as Jem and Scout. Mary Badham became the youngest girl to receive an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actress for her role as Scout. Although it had a short time on screen, Robert Duvall's portrayal of "Boo" Radley was one of his very first roles on screen and what better movie than "To Kill a Mockingbird" to kick off your acting career.

A great movie of all times.

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