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To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

Approved | | 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.

Director:

Robert Mulligan

Writers:

Harper Lee (based on her novel "To Kill a Mockingbird"), Horton Foote (screenplay by)
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Top Rated Movies #120 | Won 3 Oscars. Another 10 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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
Crahan Denton ... 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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The rare film story of a father who must expose his children to a small town's outraged passions...and can only protect them with his love. See more »

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Crime | Drama

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Trivia

The main production companies for the film were Pakula-Mulligan Productions, owned by Alan J. Pakula and Robert Mulligan, and Brentwood Productions, owned by Gregory Peck. The same production companies also collaborated on Captain Newman, M.D. (1963). See more »

Goofs

While Atticus is questioning Mr. Ewell in the courtroom (from 1:13:33 to 1:15:25), Mr. Ewell has his left arm draped over the back of the witness chair in some shots (at 1:13:59) and by his side in others (at 1:14:00). See more »

Quotes

Miss Maudie Atkinson: Jem.
Jem: Yes, ma'am?
Miss Maudie Atkinson: I don't know if it will help saying this to you... some men in this world are born to do our unpleasant jobs for us... your father is one of them.
Jem: Oh, well.
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The title is revealed in a child's crayon rubbing. See more »

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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Daddy-O (1991) See more »

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An Unforgettable Drama
9 December 1998 | by dweckSee 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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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

16 March 1963 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$357,549, 24 March 2019

Gross USA:

$592,237

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$599,146
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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