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To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

 -  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 kids against prejudice.

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Based on Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize winning book of 1961. Atticus Finch is a lawyer in a racially divided Alabama town in the 1930s. He 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 change any of the racial tension in the town ? Written by Colin Tinto <cst@imdb.com>

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16 March 1963 (USA)  »

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Matar a un ruiseñor  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Director Robert Mulligan learned quickly not to rely on excessive takes as he found that the more takes that were required, the less spontaneous and natural his child actors became. See more »

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When the jury comes back into the courtroom with their decision (immediately after Jem's comment that it was a good sign that it had taken the jury two hours to reach a decision) and we see the procession of jurors walk into the courtroom (from Jem's point of view), no one is sitting at the defense table, nor is Atticus seen anywhere to be seen in the courtroom. However, in the next scene, Atticus is sitting at the defense table with onlookers in the background. See more »

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Mayella Ewell: I got somethin' to say. And then I ain't gonna say no more. He took advantage of me. An' if you fine, fancy gentlemen ain't gonna do nothin' about it, then you're just a bunch of lousy, yella, stinkin' cowards, the - the whole bunch of ya, and your fancy airs don't come to nothin'. Your Ma'am'in' and your Miss Mayellarin' - it don't come to nothin', Mr. Finch, not... no.
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An utterly moving film, made perfect by the outstanding performance of Gregory Peck. Must see
11 May 2005 | by See all my reviews

'To Kill a Mockingbird' is one of the best books ever written but this film does it justice. The performances throughout are stunning, especially that of Gregory Peck (Harper Lee was so impressed she gave him her late father's pocket watch, a prop he uses in the film, to keep). This film will make anyone think hard about how they treat others and it is really heartwarming without being soppy. It isn't necessary to have read the book before seeing this film but it might be advisable. This is one of the classic films of its generation and very few films of nowadays come close to matching it either. A real must-see.


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