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


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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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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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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To Kill a Mockingbird 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 98 reviews.
jonathanmoore16 More than 1 year ago
With its historical themes and thrilling plot, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is one of the greatest novels ever written in the history of America.  This book is a fantastic representation of what life was like for many people during one of the United States’ most trying times: when racism was extremely prevalent in our country, particularly in the South.  To Kill a Mockingbird is a book filled with a great amount of thought provoking mysteries and scares used to show what life was like in those times.  This novel also shows the many extreme disadvantages and hardships that African American people faced in the world of politics and in their everyday lives.  An example of racial discrimination is when Atticus Finch, the main character’s father, is greatly looked down upon for being willing to defend a black man accused of raping a white woman. The defense of a black man against a white woman was almost unheard of at that point in history because of the racial discrimination. It was so bad at the time that a black man would be scrutinized for even speaking up to a white folk. Another thing that I love about this book is a representation of the historical time period. It is the parts of the book when Scout, the main character, is in school.  The school setting shows how school has changed from then to now.  Back in those times, schools taught less advanced curriculum and it was more of a place to discipline students. Students were expected to advance at the same level and conform to the curriculum set by their teacher. When Scout arrived at school with more knowledge than the teacher deemed appropriate, she was chastised. This situation in school is a sharp contrast to schools today, where being above the average is praised and students are encouraged to advance as much as possible. Reading this book has given me an appreciation for the independence and support that teachers give today. The teachers in Scout’s school were allowed to strike students with rulers and spank them in order to keep them on their best behavior and to make sure they would obey the rules.  With raised awareness about child abuse in today’s society, this practice has come to an end. Children reading this book today will gain an appreciation for the more nurturing school environment they are in. The final thing that sets modern day schools apart from schools in the time of this novel is the ethnicities that each school possesses.  Back then, there were schools for the blacks and schools for the whites; however, nowadays, schools are desegregated.  Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a good story and wants to gain a new perspective on racism in this time period.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have watched To Kill A Mockingbird.. probably more than any other movie that I can remember. Gregory Peck at his very best. A story that touches your heart, your conscientious and your soul. It is story of family love, fairness, values and ugly prejudice. The movie was wonderfully adapted to the screen with a power and warmth that reaches out and touches you. The movie music theme is so hauntingly beautiful and fits perfectly with what is going on on the screen. I recommend this movie to anyone that has a high appreciation for a great movie with excellant performances from all of the actors. It will leave you with a great feel good feeling and you will most likely want to watch it over and over and over again.
Magpie4 More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
great book.
Maya3 More than 1 year ago
Atticus Finch is a lawyer in Maycomb County, Alabama. Mr. Finch is defending a black man charged with rape of a white girl. Atticus has two children, Jean Louise “Scout” and her older brother Jeremy “Jem”. In the beginning, it shows Jem and Scouts routine of everyday life, all year. Their town is full of different types of people that they meet and learn about. And how the white people treated the blacks. Everything started at the beginning of the summer when Dill came to Maycomb and he gave the idea to make their neighbor, Boo Radley come out. Very few people have seen Mr. Radley and the three of them make up stories of why he doesn’t come out and they try to get him to show himself. I really enjoyed this book and how Harper Lee put it in the perspective from Scout, because it makes it interesting and sometimes easy to read. The book showed you how people treated the blacks even after the time of slavery. I heard a lot of great things about this book. The only disliking thing I had about it was how hard it was to get involved/keep reading the book at the beginning. The way the beginning starts is a little confusing. But I recommend to keep reading, because by the end, you will want to go back to the first page and start reading it all over again. You should definitely go out and buy the book, because it’s a book you’ll want to have. This book deserves a rating of 10 out of 10.
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This is a film, and book, that should be on everyone's 'must see" and "must read" lists. Gregory Peck's performance of Atticus Finch was certainly deserving of the Oscar he received. Atticus is a quiet, honorable and loving man who is placed in the unwinnable position of the attorney defending the accused black man, Tom Robinson. My two favorite scenes are: 1. At the end of the trial the black miinister says to Atticus' daughter "stand up, Miss Mary Ellen, your father is passing" and 2. After Mr. Ewell spits in his face, Atticus suppresses his own rage, wipes the spittle from his cheek, then casts his soiled handkerchief aside as if to say he won't put that man's residue back into his pocket.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
2.) Summary: Scout Finch describes a story of profane human behavior through her childhood years by discerning prejudice actions and the judgments of character in the novel, "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee. The story takes place in Maycomb, Alabama revolving around the Finch family; Atticus being the widowed father of Jem (son) and Scout (daughter). The children's fascination with the Radley Place and the resident Boo Radley occurs after hearing the gossip of the town and the chilled vibe coming from the house. Later on, Atticus defends an African American named Tom Robinson who gets falsely accused of raping a Caucasian woman named Mayella Ewell. Atticus being Robinson's lawyer gives evidence that Robinson is not guilty, though still the all white jury is swayed and ended the trial accusing Robinson of rap. Bob Ewell, Mayellas' father, felt very threatened by Atticus throughout the case, so one afternoon he harasses Scout and Jem. Though Boo Radley steps in and ends the persecution by stabbing Ewell ending in death. The towns perception on Bob Ewell's death was that it was just an accident, proclaiming that their will be no charges on Radley after he saved the children. Scouts experiences by the end of the book make her realize that even though she may judge others she judges them by there integrity and loyalty, that she can not create a distance to people that are different from her as do most in her community. Major themes: What defines and creates social structure? Answers and arguments to this question were emphasized throughout the novel, creating social inequality and racism as two major themes. Scouts opinion is that everyone should be treated equally though people's background and ethnicity might not be alike; this created an internal battle for Scout and definitely a battle for the people around her during this era. Good vs. evil was also relevant especially with Atticus' case, hoping that goodness will trump the evilness of racism including that racial equality will be prevailed. Likes/ Dislikes: I enjoyed the novel and the way Harper Lee incorporated the innocence of childhood constructing with the controversy of the novel and the controversy of the time. I initially liked the book as a whole but when Lee was contributing to the children's innocence she described it in too much detail and I lost interest at times. Someone should read this because. It is a great illustration of the era in the midst of the depression, showing the elements of social class and the prejudice actions some take for control. The perception of Scout and her take on the environment while she grows and becomes wiser changes the way readers will personally look at the world. Also noting that it is a must read classic. Overall Rating: 9 points out of 10. By Brooke Horsting
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Kelli_P_WV More than 1 year ago
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, describes the ignorance of racial intolerance. The author's purpose of the book was to show that no matter what your skin color, you're no different than anybody else. My evaluation of this book was that it teaches a lesson to kids. The purpose of this review is to recommend this book to others who have not read it. To Kill a Mockingbird takes place in the summer of 1935, in the town of Maycomb, Alabama. There are five main characters in this book. A seven year old named Scout, a twelve year old, Jem, a seven year old, Dill, Atticus, Jem and Scout's father, and Calpurnia, their maid. This story is told by Scout's point of view. Harper Lee uses very descriptive language to make you feel as though you were there. In this book, Atticus Finch defends an innocent black man, Tom Robinson, accused of a terrible crime. The trial accused Tom, because he was reported by a girl named Mayella. Everybody was against this, but Scout and Jem knew their father could do it. Scout wanted to prove that her father was a very good man, even though not a lot of people thought so. Another element was Boo Radley. Boo always stayed in his haunted looking house. He made the story interesting, because you never know what he would do. "All men were created equal, and men signed a paper for it," quoted Atticus. I knew this was very true, because it still happens today, and it's just because of their skin color. This book was unlike any other mystery book I've read. It's a real page turner, because the characters are very real and unpredictable. Therefore, To Kill a Mockingbird was a lesson-teaching book. It teaches that no matter what you're skin color, you are just like anyone else and you should not be judged for it. It's ok to stand up for what you believe in, even if it's you against the world. To find out the fate of this small town, grab the book and start you're adventure.
Victoria_B_WV More than 1 year ago
To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel that is told from a young girl named Scout Finch. Scout lives with her father, a lawyer Atticus, her brother Jem and in the summers in Maycomb, Alabama. Scout, Jem and Dill are just three innocent kids who spend most of their time playing made-up games in their yard. This all changes when Atticus is faced with the most difficult trial of his career. During the time To Kill a Mockingbird takes place racism is still extremely present. When Atticus is faced with defending a black man, Tom Robinson, for raping a white girl he is forced to go against the town and defend what's right However there is a subplot involving their neighbor who lives across the street, Boo Radley. There have been rumors throughout the novel that Boo is a psychopath and he stabbed his dad in the leg with a pair of scissors. Throughout the novel the three have many adventures and attempts to get Boo to come out of his house. At one point in the novel Atticus says to Scout not to judge people because "You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view . . . until you climb into his skin and walk around in it." I interpret this to be similar to other quotes such as don't judge a book by it's cover. Scout figures out in the novel that on many occasions this quote applies. In my opinion this is a very good book based on good judgment, character, honesty, and trust. This book can be a very important life lesson.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I know that this is the best book I have ever read or will ever read, and the movie was not all that bad. I do however wish that it had been better as far as timelines go, then again what movie ever really lives up to the book? However the drama was every bit as good as the book
Guest More than 1 year ago
wow.... it was the best thing i've seen in 100 years simply marvoulous
Guest More than 1 year ago
The best movie ever in the history of motion picture. I love it!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Even though we live in a world where opinionated rudeness is the rule, we can still be moved by the timeless qualities of integrity, honor, and a simple childlike view of the world. If only more films exibited the wonderous side of we humans!
Guest More than 1 year ago
There are those book, movies, or television shows that inspire and influence. For those of us old enough, ''To Kill a Mockingbird'' reminds us of a time when disrespect and disregard happened without thought. For those who are younger than the film (myself included), it is a moment held in amber, an offering and a warning of where we came from, and what could happen lest we forget. It is also, on another level a show of a coming of age film for the character ''Jem''. I was 10 when I first saw this film, and it is by far the most influential in my life. I recommend both the movie and the book for all who seek to understand the light and dark that reside within all of us.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this movie made me laugh...and cry! it is the best movie in the world and i say everyone who doesn't like it should die a painful death!!! muahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have bought this book for my 7 yr. old child and it will be ''required reading'' when he is older. It is a priceless gem. I enjoyed the movie as well. I wonder what film won ''Best Picture'' that year if this did not ....
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lawrence Of Arabia won Best Picture that year, though I agree To Kill A mockingbird should of won. It was a fantastic movie with a fantastic book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie/book was so great, I think it needs to be remade into a motion picture, again. I do find that the book was a bit better than the movie though. They were both really good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this was a good book
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have seen many movies, and this has to be the best movie ever. It has all of the great and vivid detail that the original book has, and the actors that play the roles just do a superb job. I would reccomend this movie to anyone who loves to watch movies