After settling his differences with a Japanese P.O.W. camp commander, a British Colonel co-operates to oversee his men's construction of a railway bridge for their captors, while oblivious to a plan by the Allies to destroy it.
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
Art Directors Alexander Golitzen and Henry Bumstead had an entire reconstruction of the fictional town of Maycomb, Alabama, built on the Universal backlot at a cost of two hundred twenty-five thousand dollars. The set contained more than thirty buildings. It would have cost at least one hundred thousand dollars more, had Golitzen and Bumstead not learned of some Southern-style housing about to be demolished to make way for a new Los Angeles freeway. They bought a dozen of them and had them brought to the studio. Such efforts resulted in the two winning the Oscar for Best Art Direction the following year. See more »
While Atticus is giving his closing arguments standing before the jury, the camera briefly switches to Jem (at 1:38:21) sitting in the balcony and then quickly back to Atticus (at 1:38:24) who is now leaning on the rail in front of jury instead of standing stock straight. The cuts are not seamless. At 1:38:20 a close-up of Atticus ends where he is only seen from his elbows up and his thumbs may be tucked into the pockets of his vest. After the close-up of Jem, the scene cuts to a long shot of Atticus from the back of the courtroom standing on his left leg with this right leg resting on the bottom rail of the jury box, perhaps leaning with a stiff right arm on the top rail of the jury box and with his left arm across his chest perhaps grasping his right arm - in this pose, he says "In the name of God, believe Tom Robertson" and pauses for three seconds, at which time (1:38:36) the scene cuts to a close-up of Atticus from above his elbows up, apparently leaning with both arms on the top rail of the jury box, raising himself to an upright position. See more »
Enough good things can't be said about this movie. It is undoubtedly one of the best and most moving films ever made. No other racial injustice or discriminatory based movie can even compare with "To Kill a Mockingbird". This movie not only makes you sympathize with those who were being discriminated against, but also those who fought for those people. One of the most moving parts of the movie is when Atticus Finch is leaving the court room and Reverend Sykes tells Scout to "stand up your father is passing".
Gregory Peck has always been one of my favorite actors. This is definitely one of my favorite roles that he has ever played, and he does an excellent job at it. Mary Badham and Philip Alford are excellent as Jem and Scout. Mary Badham became the youngest girl to receive an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actress for her role as Scout. Although it had a short time on screen, Robert Duvall's portrayal of "Boo" Radley was one of his very first roles on screen and what better movie than "To Kill a Mockingbird" to kick off your acting career.
A great movie of all times.
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