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To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

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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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Robert Mulligan

Writers:

Harper Lee (based on her novel "To Kill a Mockingbird"), Horton Foote (screenplay)
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Cast

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 - Prosecutor
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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Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 August 1963 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Spaar de spotvogel See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$13,129,846, 31 December 1963
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The law books disappear from the mantelpiece when Scout returns from walking Boo Radley home (at 2:08:17). This would be the bedroom with a fireplace and a woman's photograph on its mantel. The law books were never on the mantel, they were on a dresser (or tall writing desk) beside the bed (at 1:58:26). In some shots, they seemed to be on a mantel (at 2:01:36) because the dresser is cropped off by the bottom of the frame. See more »

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Scout: Why there he is, Mr. Tate. He can tell you his name...
[Looks at the man]
Scout: Hey, Boo.
Atticus Finch: [making introductions] Miss Jean Louise, Mr. Arthur Radley. I believe he already knows you.
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It does the book justice.
15 December 1998 | by HenryHextonEsqSee all my reviews

After studying the outstanding book of To Kill A Mockingbird at school, I viewed this film, and was on the whole very impressed. Scout and Jem are portrayed brilliantly, considering the ages of the children who played them, and they, as with everything else in the production, are true to the book's spirit. Gregory Peck is perfect as the unflappable Atticus Finch, and deserved his Oscar. The music is worthy of praise, especially for the climatic scene, and the raw emotion and feeling of the book is amply conveyed. All of the cast are well cast, and it's interesting to ponder how much this film, at the time, would've shocked. That the book explores racism and outsiders in a southern town, through the eyes of a child is genius and works very nicely here. The only problems are minor- much of the book's counter-balancing humour was left out, certain characters are omitted (Dolphus Raymond and Aunt Alexandra), and some of the book's early characterisation is missed. Aside from these gripes, this is a magical film and a "must-see," as a companion piece to the classic novel. 9/10


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