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
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 »
Directly after the scene where Jem and Scout are attacked while walking home through the woods, as Scout runs after the figure carrying Jem home, the trees and scenery can be seen through Scout in a ghostly fashion as if they were not originally part of the scene and were added afterward. Director Robert Mulligan mentions in the DVD commentary that this is the only special effect in the movie (at 1:56:39). This was necessitated because the extended shot shows the transition of Boo and Scout from the woods to the Finch house, because everything was shot at Universal Studios (Universal City, California), and because there were no woods near the studio recreation of Maycomb. See more »
There goes the meanest man that ever took a breath of life.
Why is he the meanest man?
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.
I wonder what he does in there? I wonder what he looks like?
Well, judgin' from his tracks, he's about ...
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An utterly moving film, made perfect by the outstanding performance of Gregory Peck. Must see
'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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