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Harper Lee (based on her novel "To Kill a Mockingbird")
Horton Foote (screenplay)
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Release Date:
16 March 1963 (USA) See more »
The most beloved and widely read Pulitzer Prize Winner now comes vividly alive on the screen! See more »
Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his children against prejudice. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Won 3 Oscars. Another 14 wins & 12 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gregory Peck ... Atticus Finch
John Megna ... Dill Harris

Frank Overton ... Sheriff Heck Tate

Rosemary Murphy ... Maudie Atkinson

Ruth White ... Mrs. Dubose

Brock Peters ... Tom Robinson
Estelle Evans ... Calpurnia

Paul Fix ... Judge Taylor

Collin Wilcox Paxton ... Mayella Violet Ewell (as Collin Wilcox)

James Anderson ... Bob Ewell

Alice Ghostley ... Aunt Stephanie Crawford

Robert Duvall ... Boo Radley

William Windom ... Mr. Gilmer - Prosecutor

Crahan Denton ... Walter Cunningham Sr.

Richard Hale ... Nathan Radley

Mary Badham ... Scout

Phillip Alford ... Jem
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
R.L. Armstrong ... Man (uncredited)
Eddie Baker ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)

Bobby Barber ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
John Barton ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Audrey Betz ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Danny Borzage ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
John Breen ... Juror (uncredited)
Jess Cavin ... Juror (uncredited)

Noble 'Kid' Chissell ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Jack Clinton ... Townsman (uncredited)
Steve Condit ... Walter Cunningham Jr. (uncredited)
May Couch ... Ash (uncredited)
David Crawford ... David Robinson (uncredited)
Frank Ellis ... Juror (uncredited)
Jamie Forster ... Hiram Townsend - Courthouse Steps (uncredited)
Charles Fredericks ... Court Clerk (uncredited)

Herman Hack ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Jester Hairston ... Spence Robinson - Tom's Father (uncredited)

Chuck Hamilton ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Kim Hamilton ... Helen Robinson - Tom's Wife (uncredited)
Kim Hector ... Cecil Jacobs (uncredited)

Michael Jeffers ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Dick Johnstone ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Chester Jones ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)

Colin Kenny ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)

Ethan Laidlaw ... Townsman (uncredited)
Nancy Marshall ... Schoolteacher (uncredited)

Charles Morton ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)

Paulene Myers ... Jesse - Dubose Servant Girl (uncredited)

William H. O'Brien ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Charles Perry ... Juror (uncredited)

Joe Ploski ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Hugh Sanders ... Dr. Reynolds (uncredited)
Barry Seltzer ... Schoolboy (uncredited)
Mabel Smaney ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Cap Somers ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)

George Sowards ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Ray Spiker ... Townsman (uncredited)

Kim Stanley ... Scout as an Adult - Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Jay Sullivan ... Court Reporter (uncredited)

Kelly Thordsen ... Burly Mob Member (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... Juror (uncredited)
George Tracy ... Townsman (uncredited)
Danny Truppi ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)

Sailor Vincent ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)

Max Wagner ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Bill Walker ... Reverend Sykes (uncredited)
Joe Walls ... Bailiff (uncredited)

Dan White ... Mob Leader (uncredited)

Guy Wilkerson ... Jury Foreman (uncredited)
Chalky Williams ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Mulligan 
Writing credits
Harper Lee (based on her novel "To Kill a Mockingbird")

Horton Foote (screenplay)

Produced by
Alan J. Pakula .... producer
Harper Lee .... producer (uncredited)
Robert Mulligan .... producer (uncredited)
Gregory Peck .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Elmer Bernstein 
Cinematography by
Russell Harlan (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Aaron Stell (film editor)
Casting by
Boaty Boatwright (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Henry Bumstead 
Alexander Golitzen (uncredited)
Set Decoration by
Oliver Emert (set decorations)
Costume Design by
Rosemary Odell 
Makeup Department
Larry Germain .... hair stylist
Bud Westmore .... makeup
Frank Prehoda .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Lavaughn Speer .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Edward Muhl .... in charge of production
Ernest B. Wehmeyer .... production manager
Dick Gallegly .... assistant production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joseph E. Kenney .... assistant director (as Joseph Kenny)
Terry Morse Jr. .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Charles R. Scott Jr. .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Gene Johnson .... illustrator (uncredited)
Fred Knoth .... set coordinator (uncredited)
Frank Nifong .... props (uncredited)
Julius Rosenkrantz .... props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Corson Jowett .... sound
Waldon O. Watson .... sound
Charlie Cohn .... sound (uncredited)
James Curtis .... sound (uncredited)
James V. Swartz .... sound (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Don Wolz .... special effects (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Andrew Bonello .... automated image processing (restored version) (uncredited)
Carole Cowley .... digital mastering restoration producer (uncredited)
Sophia Lo .... digital restoration: Cinesite (uncredited)
Monty Phillips .... digital artist (digital restoration) (uncredited)
Antonio Torres .... digital artist: digital restoration, Cinesite (restored version) (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
William Egan .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Léo L. Fuchs .... still photographer (uncredited)
Carl Gibson .... grip (uncredited)
Rollie Lane .... still photographer (uncredited)
Bill Neff .... gaffer (uncredited)
Frank Stanley .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Jack Whitman .... camera operator (uncredited)
Walter Woodworth .... grip (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Seth Banks .... wardrobe: men's
John Lucas .... wardrobe: men (uncredited)
Viola Thompson .... wardrobe: women (uncredited)
Editorial Department
J. Terry Williams .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Jack Hayes .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Ethmer Roten .... musician: flute (uncredited)
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Stephen Frankfurt .... title designer: main titles
Isabel Halliburton .... assistant to producer
Meta Rebner .... script supervisor
Jerry Ansel .... titles assistant (uncredited)
Don Morgan .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Mark Shaw .... titles assistant (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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129 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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Did You Know?

Bob Ewell's full name is Robert E. Lee Ewell. This is a reference to General Robert E. Lee, the commanding general of the Confederate States of America (CSA) during the United States of America's Civil War, also known as the war between the states. This civil war took place between the CSA (made up of the states which had seceded from the Union), and the remaining, original states of the United States of America (popularly known as the Union), which had not seceded.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Atticus shoots the mad dog, it is obvious its hind legs are jerked from under it to make it fall (at 0:43:08).See more »
Scout:May I see your watch? "To Atticus, My Beloved Husband." Atticus, Jem says this watch is gonna belong to him some day.
Atticus Finch:That's right.
Atticus Finch:Well, it's customary for the boy to have his father's watch.
Scout:What are you gonna give me?
Atticus Finch:Well, I don't know that I have much else of value that belongs to me... But there's a pearl necklace; there's a ring that belonged to your mother. And I've put them away, and they're to be yours.
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181 out of 209 people found the following review useful.
Wonderful Social Classic That Echoes Issues of Its Day..., 30 March 1999
Author: Donald J. Lamb from Philadelphia, PA

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD is presented like a play in three acts. It is also from the children's perspective. Through the kids, we find that racism is a learned attitude or feeling. We also see a delightful coming of age drama as the young kids realize that there is no Boogeyman down the street and their father is capable of doing a lot more than they think. The great Gregory Peck plays Atticus Finch, a pillar of nobility, social conscience, and, rare for 1930's Americana, a single parent. Peck is such a strong presence, you believe everything about him. It is something you can compare to America's trust in TV anchorman Walter Cronkite. We always took his word for it.

Act one puts Atticus in the background and allows the kids to flourish. Director Robert Mulligan was able to get such realistic performances from non-professional kids. They are amusing and fun to watch. The big mystery lies in the house down the street in this small Georgia town. Who is the monstrous, "6 and a half feet big" legend living in the end house? Some light suspense ensues, while the buildup to a stirring act two is happening. Atticus must defend an African-American man for the alleged rape of a white woman.

After threats galore, an unshaken Peck takes to the courtroom jungle in, without a doubt, one of the top 5 court scenes in motion picture history. Brock Peters lends the film its best moments as the accused "negro" on trial. This man has a face chiseled with suffering and deep, deep sorrow. We know Atticus is a good man, a decent human being with a soul. He sees this in his client as well, and in a closing argument that must have roused the civil rights movement, implores the jury to vote justice. An all-male, all-white jury in the 1930's were tough listeners. Peters' breakdown on the stand is one of the most realistic, emotionally saddening moments you'll ever see, especially in Hollywood films of the 1960's. The scene when Peck leaves the courtroom is now legendary as well.

Act three produces a tragic death, an unlikely hero, and the bringing together of a family. The filmmakers have such a passion for the material, they seem to handle it with gentleness. Racism is a hard-boiled subject and it is depicted and dealt with through grace and patience. TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD poses the injustice of race relations in the 1930's as a front for the events happening in the 1960's. The film came out during turbulent times and was also an adaption of a literary classic. I am one to judge a film solely by film only. The book is a separate art form and should not be compared to the film, an art form itself. It is important, it is enlightening, and it has not aged. Watch it.

RATING: 9 of 10

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