To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird

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Director: Robert Mulligan

Cast: Gregory Peck, Mary Badham, Philip Alford


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Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning autobiographical novel was translated to film in 1962 by Horton Foote and the producer/director team of Robert Mulligan and Alan J. Pakula. Set a small Alabama town in the 1930s, the story focuses on scrupulously honest, highly respected lawyer Atticus Finch, magnificently embodied by Gregory Peck. Finch puts his career on the line… See more details below

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Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning autobiographical novel was translated to film in 1962 by Horton Foote and the producer/director team of Robert Mulligan and Alan J. Pakula. Set a small Alabama town in the 1930s, the story focuses on scrupulously honest, highly respected lawyer Atticus Finch, magnificently embodied by Gregory Peck. Finch puts his career on the line when he agrees to represent Tom Robinson (Brock Peters), a black man accused of rape. The trial and the events surrounding it are seen through the eyes of Finch's six-year-old daughter Scout (Mary Badham). While Robinson's trial gives the film its momentum, there are plenty of anecdotal occurrences before and after the court date: Scout's ever-strengthening bond with older brother Jem (Philip Alford), her friendship with precocious young Dill Harris (a character based on Lee's childhood chum Truman Capote and played by John Megna), her father's no-nonsense reactions to such life-and-death crises as a rampaging mad dog, and especially Scout's reactions to, and relationship with, Boo Radley (Robert Duvall in his movie debut), the reclusive "village idiot" who turns out to be her salvation when she is attacked by a venomous bigot. To Kill a Mockingbird won Academy Awards for Best Actor (Peck), Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Art Direction.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble
With its integrity, poetry, and depth of feeling, Robert Mulligan’s To Kill a Mockingbird stands alongside On the Waterfront and The Grapes of Wrath in the ranks of Hollywood's most enduring and beloved message films. Gregory Peck earned an Academy Award for his performance as Atticus Finch, a southern lawyer of consummate tenderness and a sterling sense of justice who defends a local black man charged with raping a white woman. With passions aroused in the small, Depression-era southern town, Atticus finds his safety threatened along with that of his two children, six-year-old Scout (Mary Badham) and ten-year-old Jem (Phillip Alford). Based on Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, To Kill a Mockingbird was adapted for the screen by another respected southern scribe, Horton Foote (Tender Mercies), whose screenplay was also recognized with an Oscar. Mulligan manages to capture the steamy, drowsy atmosphere of a southern summer, while Foote movingly translates for the screen Lee's troubling story about childhood innocence forever altered by a brush with adult cruelty and injustice. Among the many pleasures afforded by this remarkable film are the memorable performances of child stars Badham, Alford, and John Megna, who plays a character based upon Lee's own precocious childhood playmate, Truman Capote. A gorgeous opening title sequence, Elmer Bernstein's lyrical musical score, and the film debut of Robert Duvall, in a small but unforgettable role as "Boo" Radley, round out this thoughtful, affecting film. Felicia Feaster
All Movie Guide - Dan Jardine
Robert Mulligan's lovingly crafted recreation of Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize- winning novel is an outstanding production on many different levels. The Oscar-winning sets by Henry Bumstead and Alexander Golitzen, and gorgeous black-and-white cinematography beautifully evoke the rural Alabama Depression-era setting, providing the perfect backdrop for this quiet-yet-potent study of racism. The suffocating summer heat is reflected in the film's deliberate pacing, which casts a trance over the audience. Horton Foote's Academy Award-winning screenplay is a model of book-to-movie adaptation, as he retains all of the Southern character and charm of the novel without sacrificing Lee's key themes. Because the intolerance of the townspeople is witnessed through the eyes of children (Mary Badham and Philip Alford in impressively authentic performances), the feel is heightened and intensified. Their obsession with neighborhood ghoul Boo Radley (Robert Duvall in his film debut) mirrors the town's racism, and the children's ability to eventually realize their foolishness hints at Lee's hope for the future. Oscar winner Gregory Peck is ideal casting as Atticus, for his Lincoln-like integrity and intelligence perfectly serve the role. Peck hammers home the film's achingly authentic, timeless, and resonant plea for humanistic tolerance: The best way to understand another's problems is to get into his or her skin and walk around in it. Nominated for eight Academy Awards, the film was the winner of three (Best Actor, Art Direction, and Adapted Screenplay).

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Universal Studios
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Special Features

Fearful Symmetry - A feature-length documentary on the making of To Kill a Mockingbird with Cast and Crew Interviews and a visit to Author Harper Lee's home town; ; A Conversation with Gregory Peck - An intimate feature-length documentary on one of the most beloved actors in film history with Interviews, Film Clips, home movies ; ; Academy Award Best Actor Acceptance Speech; ; American Film Institute Lifetime Achievement Award - Gregory Peck's memorable remarks upon receiving the AFI Lifetime Achievement Award; ; Excerpt From The Academy Tribute To Gregory Peck - Cecilia Peck's heartwarming farewell to her father given at the Academy in celebration of his life; ; Scout Remembers - Actress Mary Badham shares her experiences working with Gregory Peck; ; Feature Commentary with Director Robert Mulligan and Producer Alan Pakula; ; Theatrical Trailer - Original theatrical trailer of the film; ; 100 Years of Universal: Restoring The Classics - An in-depth look at the intricate process of preserving the studio's film legacy

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gregory Peck Atticus Finch
Mary Badham Jean Louise "Scout" Finch
Philip Alford Jem Finch
John Megna Dill Harris
Ruth White Mrs. Dubose
Paul Fix Judge Taylor
Brock Peters Tom Robinson
Frank Overton Sheriff Heck Tate
Rosemary Murphy Miss Maudie Atkinson
Collin Wilcox Actor
Robert Duvall Boo Radley
Estelle Evans Calpurnia
Alice Ghostley Stephanie Crawford
William Windom Gilmer
Richard Hale Mr. Radley
Tex Armstrong Man
Dave Crawford Tom Robinson, Jr.
Graham Denton Walter Cunningham
Charles Fredericks Court Clerk
Jester Hairston Spence Robinson
Kim Hamilton Helen Robinson
Nancy Marshall Schoolteacher
Paulene Myers Jessie
Hugh Sanders Dr. Reynolds
Kelly Thordsen Burly Man
Dan White Actor
Guy Wilkerson Jury Foreman
Kim Stanley Narrator
Steve Condit Walter Cunningham
Collin Wilcox Paxton Mayella Ewell
James Anderson Bob Ewell
Bill Walker Rev. Sykes

Technical Credits
Robert Mulligan Director
Alexander Golitzen Art Director
Elmer Bernstein Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Henry Bumstead Production Designer
Oliver Emert Set Decoration/Design
Horton Foote Screenwriter
Russell Harlan Cinematographer
Jack Hayes Musical Arrangement
Rosemary Odell Costumes/Costume Designer
Alan J. Pakula Producer
Aaron Stell Editor
Bud Westmore Makeup

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- To Kill a Mockingbird
1. Main Titles [2:58]
2. A Tired Old Town [4:09]
3. Dill [1:43]
4. The Tale Of Boo Radley [2:14]
5. Five O' Clock [2:07]
6. Atticus' Watch [3:13]
7. The Robinson Case [1:39]
8. Boo Radley's House [2:42]
9. The Colored Man [2:55]
10. A Look At Boo [6:29]
11. The "Prowler" [2:24]
12. Her First Day Of School [2:18]
13. The Dinner Guest [3:53]
14. A Compromise [2:09]
15. The Best Shot In This County [3:18]
16. At The Robinsons' [4:36]
17. A Sound In The Night [2:04]
18. Some High Talk [2:31]
19. In The Hollow Of That Tree [5:11]
20. The Night Before The Trial [2:50]
21. The Lynch Mob [5:38]
22. Trial Day [2:06]
23. The Sheriff's Testimony [2:27]
24. Ewell's Version [3:49]
25. Mayella [3:37]
26. The Other Hand [3:19]
27. Tom's Truth [9:06]
28. The Broken Code [7:22]
29. The Verdict [2:55]
30. Stand Up, Your Father's Passing [1:45]
31. The Lost Heart [3:59]
32. A Death In The Family [3:25]
33. Our Longest Journey [3:46]
34. Death In The Dark [1:44]
35. Out Of The Woods [2:39]
36. Mr. Arthur Radley [3:13]
37. Let the Dead Bury the Dead [2:53]
38. Like Shooting A Mockingbird [1:28]
39. The Little Things In-Between [2:11]
Disc #2 -- To Kill a Mockingbird (Bonus)
1. Main Titles [3:21]
2. Film Highlights [3:39]
3. Taking The Stage [10:42]
4. Family Life [3:10]
5. Back Where I Started [5:15]
6. Meeting Veronique [9:30]
7. South of France [4:40]
8. Childhood [5:26]
9. Theatrical Roots [3:44]
10. Atticus Finch [6:19]
11. Presidential Honor [4:38]
12. Complete Candor [4:34]
13. In Character [10:07]
14. Impulsive Act [4:31]
15. Frightening Times [7:27]
16. A Grandson Is Born [3:58]
17. Worth Remembering [3:59]
18. End Titles [2:19]
1. Main Titles [3:11]
2. The Old South [4:21]
3. The Cauldron [5:03]
4. Casting the Children [5:44]
5. The Score & Title Sequence [2:10]
6. The First Day Of Filming [4:04]
7. The Art of Amusement [1:51]
8. Dill & Truman [4:26]
9. Eccentrics [2:49]
10. Oral Tradition [5:19]
11. Atticus' Household [5:42]
12. Jem Encounters Evil [4:05]
13. The Trial [1:13]
14. Collin Wilcox & Mayella Ewell [4:38]
15. Brock Peters & Tom Robinson [3:57]
16. Atticus' Summation [3:36]
17. The Verdict [3:26]
18. "Tom Robinson's Dead" [2:31]
19. The Cracker's Despair [1:44]
20. Boo Saves the Children [3:48]
21. The Novel Is a Love Song [2:36]
22. Maycomb Today [4:44]
23. Where Is Atticus Finch Today? [5:49]
24. End Credits [3:09]

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