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
With the death of Rosemary Murphy (Maudie Atkinson) on Saturday, July 5th, 2014, Robert Duvall (Arthur "Boo" Radley) is (or was) the film's last surviving adult cast member. See more »
At the end of the movie Scout reminds us of the gifts Boo Radley has given them over the years, including "a broken watch and chain." However, during the opening credits, the watch face looks intact and the watch is ticking loudly (at 0:00:52 where the watch has no hands -fake hands have been drawn on the face of the watch - hence the watch is broken). The watch is also visible and ticking softly when Jem first shows Scout his box of things he found in the knothole of the tree in front of the Radley house at 0:56:52. See more »
That boy is your company. And if he wants to eat up that tablecloth, you let him, you hear? And if you can't act fit to eat like folks, you can just set here and eat in the kitchen.
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The title is revealed in a child's crayon rubbing. See more »
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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