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Hey, Boo: Harper Lee and 'To Kill a Mockingbird' -- A documentary on the phenomenon caused by Harper Lee's novel and its movie adaptation.
Hey, Boo: Harper Lee and 'To Kill a Mockingbird' -- It is our national novel. Reading to Kill a Mockingbird is something we all have in common. Harper Lee's first and only novel turns 50 this year and the author hasn't given an interview since 1964 or published a second book. A cultural history. A lively appreciation featuring compelling itnerviews with Tom Brokaw, Rosanne Cash, James McBride, James Patterson, Anna Quindlen, Richard Russo, Scott Turow,Oprah Winfrey & Andrew Young.


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Mary Badham ... Herself
Jane Beasley ... Harper Lee (voice)
Rick Bragg ... Himself

Tom Brokaw ... Himself

Rosanne Cash ... Herself
Donna Coney Island ... Idabel Tompkins (voice)
Alice Finch Lee ... Herself
Bob Mayer ... Truman Capote (voice)
James McBride ... Himself

Jon Meacham ... Himself
James Patterson ... Himself

Anna Quindlen ... Herself
Richard Russo ... Himself
Christopher Seward ... Reporter / Maurice Crain (voice)
Scott Turow ... Himself
Jennifer Laird White ... Tay Hohoff (voice)

Oprah Winfrey ... Herself
Andrew Young ... Himself

Directed by
Mary McDonagh Murphy 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Mary McDonagh Murphy 

Produced by
Bryony Kockler .... associate producer
Mary McDonagh Murphy .... executive producer
Mary McDonagh Murphy .... producer
Caitlin Tartaro .... producer
Cinematography by
Rich White 
Film Editing by
Mary Alfieri 
Sean Frechette 
Fran Gullo 
Chris Seward 
Art Department
Lindsay Blatt .... photograph editor
Sound Department
Rick Albright .... additional sound
Alex Barnes .... additional sound
Dave Barnes .... additional sound
Jonathan Bloom .... sound re-recording mixer
Bill Markle .... sound mixer
Hunter Nichols .... additional sound
Jack Norflus .... sound recordist
Mark Roy .... additional sound
Tom Ryan .... adr mixer
Visual Effects by
Rich Nehmad .... visual effects
Richard Nehmad .... visual effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Barry .... additional photography
Robert Breeland .... additional photography
Jackson Fager .... assistant camera
Rob Fortunato .... additional photography
Editorial Department
Stewart Griffin .... colorist
Stewart Griffin .... on-line editor
Fred Soffa .... additional editing
Phil Tangel .... additional editing
Patricia Troyan .... additional editing
Music Department
Patrick Bowsher .... composer: additional music
Other crew
Lindsey Blatt .... photo researcher
Megan Axthelm Brown .... production assistant
Tommy Buckley .... production assistant
Elizabeth Buerger .... production assistant
Romy Heder .... production assistant
Rich Remsberg .... photo researcher
Karen Shatzkin .... legal services
Melissa Totten .... photo researcher
Bob Minzesheimer .... very special thanks
Raymond F. Murphy Jr. .... very special thanks
Judy Tygard .... very special thanks


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78 min | USA:82 min

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Nice Look at Author, Book and Movie, 19 June 2012
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

Hey, Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird (2010)

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Mary Badham, Tom Brokaw, Rosanne Cash, Alice Finch Lee, James McBride, Jon Meacham, James Patterson, Anna Quindlen, Richard Russo, Scott Turow and Oprah Winfrey are among the people interviewed for this documentary, which was released on the 50th anniversary of the release of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird. The documentary talks about Lee's early life, getting the book published, the success and movie that followed and of course how the author turned away from the public as she rarely granted interviews and never released another book. If you don't know the story of Lee or the book then this here is a must see. There's no question that just about every aspect of the book is covered and I found it incredibly interesting hearing about some of the real people that characters in the book are based on. The Truman Capote connection is also another fascinating subject that is covered. The film never really answers the question on why Lee ran away from everyone or why she never wrote another book. There's talk about perhaps she knew she couldn't top it and the rumor of Capote having wrote it are also discussed. The interview segments are all pretty good as the celebrities and writers talk about the impact that both the book and film had on them. There's also some good stuff about how the book deserves credit for being one of the earliest movements in the Civil Rights. At 80-minutes the film is very fast paced and it covers quite a bit of ground, which should please fans or those just wanting to hear the backstory to this classic novel.

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