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To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

Not Rated  |   |  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.



(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:
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Estelle Evans ...
Mayella Violet Ewell (as Collin Wilcox)
James Anderson ...
Mr. Gilmer - Prosecutor
Crahan Denton ...
Walter Cunningham Sr.
Nathan Radley


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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16 March 1963 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Matar a un ruiseñor  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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According to the comics, this is Clark Kent's (aka Superman) favorite movie. See more »


When Jem shows Scout all of the things he's collected in the cigar box the curtains in his bedroom are different than the ones in the following scene when he wakes up to follow Atticus downtown. See more »


Atticus Finch: Good Lord, I must be losin' my memory. I can't remember whether Jem is twelve or thirteen. Anyway, it'll have to come before the county court. Of course, it's a clear-cut case of self-defense. I'll uh, well I'll run down to the office...
Sheriff Tate: Mr. Finch... do you think Jem killed Bob Ewell? Is that what you think? Your boy never stabbed him.
[Atticus and Sheriff Heck Tate look at Boo]
Sheriff Tate: Bob Ewell fell on his knife - he killed himself. There's a black man dead for no reason. Now the man responsible for ...
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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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