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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Atticus Finch
... Dill Harris
... Sheriff Heck Tate
... Maudie Atkinson
... Mrs. Dubose
... Tom Robinson
Estelle Evans ... Calpurnia
... Judge Taylor
... Mayella Violet Ewell (as Collin Wilcox)
... Bob Ewell
... Aunt Stephanie Crawford
... Boo Radley
... Mr. Gilmer - Prosecutor
... Walter Cunningham Sr.
Richard Hale ... Nathan Radley
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Storyline

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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If you have read the novel, you will relive every treasured moment. . .If not, a deeply moving experience awaits you! See more »

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Crime | Drama

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16 March 1963 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Matar a un ruiseñor  »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$13,129,846, 31 December 1963
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Finch was writer Harper Lee's mother's maiden name. See more »

Goofs

Scout steps up with both feet to stand on the tire swing to look up into the tree (at 0:05:51 when Jem won't come down from the treehouse). The next shot shows Scout standing on the ground and stepping up into the tire swing again. See more »

Quotes

Jem: Atticus says cheating a black man is ten times worse than cheating a white.
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The title is revealed in a child's crayon rubbing. See more »

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An Unforgettable Drama
9 December 1998 | by See all my reviews

Hoo boy, am I a sucker for courtroom dramas. The wrangling of legal points and the investigation into the truth just gets my cinematic blood pumping (I s'pose it's in response to my own dashed hopes of becoming an attorney).

"To Kill a Mockingbird" rises to the top of the pile easily.

Yes, the courtroom proceedings are nail-bitingly engaging. But played out against the tapestry of bigotry and hate make the legal goings-on even more compelling.

The writing here is so beautiful, so lyric, so poetic. The Harper Lee-based screenplay captures wonderfully a time and a place that are absolutely real--where big brothers could solve the universe's problems in an instant and all the treasures of the world could be contained in a cigar box.

"To Kill a Mockingbird" also contains three of the most impressive child performances I have ever witnessed--there's not a false or affected moment in any one of them. Until seeing "Ponette," a movie I would highly recommend, the kids in "Mockingbird" received my best child performance ever awards. "Ponette" has ratcheted them down one notch, but that doesn't diminish the achievement here. The scene in which Scout dispels the mob simply by identifying its individual members is one of the most powerful moments in filmdom.

Peck more than deserved his best actor nod. His quiet dignity is a definite asset. Brock Peters, too, is terrific in what could have been a cliched role.

If you are a moviegoer who has a bias against black and white movies and who has therefore never seen "Mockingbird," I pity you. You've passed on one of Hollywood's most unforgettable experiences.


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