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To Kill a Mockingbird

  • Drama
  • 1962
  • Robert Mulligan
  • 129 mins
  • PG

Summary

Classic drama based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, starring Gregory Peck in his Oscar-winning role as Atticus Finch, a widowed lawyer in 1930s Alabama. When Finch takes on the case of a black man accused of raping a white woman, his young children become increasingly caught up in the racial prejudice that splits their impoverished southern community.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning modern classic by Harper Lee, this Depression-era tale of small-town insularity and racial inequality was the break-out film of director Robert Mulligan and the debut of Robert Duvall. Seen through the child's eyes of a brother and sister in Maycomb, Alabama, it distils the numerous stories told in the novel down to two key strands: the mystery surrounding reclusive Boo Radley (Duvall), a childlike man whom the kids imagine as a monstrous bogeyman; and the defence by their widowed father, lawyer Atticus Finch (Gregory Peck, in a role that defined his career and earned him a best actor Oscar), of a black man accused of the rape of a white woman. The town's lynch-mob reaction to the trial proves an education for the two children, as do the ultimate revelations about Boo. A fine, moving, informative period piece for all ages, To Kill a Mockingbird is as much an abiding favourite as the book.

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Credits

Cast

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Atticus FinchGregory Peck
Scout FinchMary Badham
Jem FinchPhillip Alford
Dill HarrisJohn Megna
Sheriff Heck TateFrank Overton
Miss Maudie AtkinsonRosemary Murphy
Tom RobinsonBrock Peters
CalpurniaEstelle Evans
Mrs DuboseRuth White
Judge TaylorPaul Fix
Mayella EwellCollin Wilcox
Bob EwellJames Anderson (2)
Stephanie CrawfordAlice Ghostley
Boo RadleyRobert Duvall

Crew

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DirectorRobert Mulligan

Details

Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Black and white
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