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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.

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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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16 March 1963 (USA)  »

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Matar a un ruiseñor  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Despite the novel winning the Pulitzer Prize, the studios were not interested in buying up the film rights, as they deemed it lacking in action and romance (with the absence of a love story), and that the villain does not get a big comeuppance. Producer Alan J. Pakula disagreed, however, and persuaded director Robert Mulligan, his producing partner at that time, that it would make a good film for their Pakula-Mulligan Productions. Together, they were able to convince Gregory Peck, who readily agreed to the role. See more »

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When Jem shows Scout all of the things he's collected in the cigar box (0:55:15 to 0:58:00) the curtains in his bedroom are different than the ones in a later scene when he wakes up to follow Atticus downtown (at 1:00:31). Between these two scenes the narrator says "School finally ended and summer came and so did Dill." Then two brief additional scenes separate them. The curtains are light and appear to have the same design but look fuller in the later summer scene where they are half closed than in the earlier scene where they are fully open, as though one wouldn't be able to push them as flat against the window frame in the later scene as in the earlier scene due to bunching on the curtain rod which was out of frame in the earlier scene. See more »

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Calpurnia: That boy is your company. And if he wants to eat up that tablecloth, you let him, you hear? And if you can't act fit to eat like folks, you can just set here and eat in the kitchen.
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introducing / Mary Badham as Scout / Phillip Alford as Jem See more »

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One of the most memorable and wonderful movies of the 20th century.
3 February 2001 | by (Houston, TX) – See all my reviews

"To Kill A Mockingbird" is truly a much loved and critically-acclaimed film. It is a perfect portrayal of childhood innocence, racial prejudice, moral tolerance and courage. No other words can describe this film except marvellous. The film is so wonderfully done that the audience actually feels as if they were in Alabama during the 1930s. This is a must see for anyone of any age.


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