To Kill a Mockingbird

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Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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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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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Editorial Reviews

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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/31/2012
  • UPC: 025192127786
  • Original Release: 1962
  • Rating:

  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Presentation: Anniversary Edition / Wide Screen / Bonus DVD / Slip Sleeve
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 2:10:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 8,265

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
Robert Duvall Boo Radley
Estelle Evans Calpurnia
Alice Ghostley Stephanie Crawford
William Windom Gilmer
Richard Hale Mr. Radley
Tex Armstrong Man
David 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
Guy Wilkerson Jury Foreman
Kim Stanley Voice Only
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 Off 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]
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Disc #1 -- To Kill a Mockingbird
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   Bonus Features
      Academy Award Best Actor Acceptance Speech
      American Film Institute Life Achievement Award
      Excerpt From Tribute To Gregory Peck
      Scout Remembers
      Feature Commentary With Director Robert Mulligan And Producer Alan Pakula: On/Off
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      100 Years Of Universal: Restoring The Classics
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      Feature Commentary With Director Robert Mulligan And Producer Alan Pakula
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    They do not come any better than this!!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2014

    great book.

    great book.

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  • Posted February 29, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    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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  • Posted September 18, 2011

    To Kill A Sacred Cow

    While attending a a film class at a San Diego community college back in the 80's, the instructor told is how badly Hitchcock's classic horror film, PSYCHO, was structured. His chief complaint is how the film spends twenty to twenty-five minutes on a character which we never see again and how everything is wrapped up so neatly by another character, the psychologist, who appears only in the last two or three minutes! Well. if the screenplay of PSYCHO has a bad structure--TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD takes the cake! I haven't read the prize-winning Harper Lee semiautobiographical novel, but if my nephew had written a similarly-structured script for his Walter screenwriting class at UCLA, it would have been thrown out! First of all, the film is divided in two parts. Sorry, but this is a film--not a two act play. The first half concentrates on Scout and really builds up her character. The second half is sedentary court-room drama. So, Mr. Foote, Ms Lee, WHO'S STORY IS IT??? Boo Radley's father is a peripheral character and could have easily been omitted. If I recall, and I just watched the film the other day after over twenty-five years, he doesn't even have a line of dialogue! Worse still, and equal to the first point I mention above, is the visual introduction of the Boo charcter after two hours of light on a screen! It's almost like a thankless role, and yet he is the symbolic "mockingbird" of the tale. He's not just Simon Oakland wrapping things up and making all ends meet as he does in the final minutes of PSYCHO. I saw it on VHS and I can't remember if it was the late producer Alan Pakula or not, who says in a short interview segment following the film, that no film had ever been made at that time which was from a child's POV. Err, excuse me, Mr. Pakula, ever heard of Rene' Clement's JEUX INTERDITS (Forbidden Games, 1952)? Also, the original trailer is shown at the beginning before the movie. One of the the film critic quotes says to "take the whole family." LOL A film that deals partially with a man unjustly accused of rape!!!??? LOL

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2011

    Marvelous story, performances and soound track

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2011

    To Kill a Monkingbird By Harper Lee

    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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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Very Good Book

    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.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Step in Someone's Shoes

    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.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Best of All time

    This is a must have for classic movie lovers. They just don't make movies this moving any more.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Awesome Movie

    My wife and I love this movie so much that it was on tv one night and I ended up purchasing it the next morning!! It is a great movie. We recommend this movie to everyone!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the BEST movies ever made

    Gregory Peck is absolutely amazing in this movie classic. This is one of the movies that you must see before you die. Harper Lee has written fabulous story and it transfers well to film. The films has its funny moments, it is a backed with racial tension, and a great gothic tale. I urge anyone who has never seen this movie to watch it at least twice. I also encourage you to read the book too.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Classical favorite

    Watching this DVD takes me back to my childhood. The actors are outstanding, the plot riviting, and it plays on the emotions. There were parts that were funny, sad, scary and worrisome, which kept me enthralled. With it taking place in the racist south, shows the depth and breadth of the injustice of racism. To Kill a Mockingbird is an all time favorite of mine, and I have watched it with my children and grandchildren, to carry on the tradition.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD-REVIEW BY AN OLDER PERSON

    It was a wonderful movie. I do recommend that you read the book first as
    the movie could not put every event in it due to time. I had seen this movie when I was young and it was wonderful to see it again. I reread the
    book during an illness and just had to see the movie again. I higly recommend it. I also purchased one for my grandchildren and a daughter.
    I love Gregory Peck. His voice is so amazing.

    This book is a classic and I highly recommend everyone read it. You can
    read it more than once and still enjoy it.

    A retired teacher. My husbands calls me Bigbossy.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Timeless

    I must admit that I was initially wary of watching this movie. TKAM is my favorite book and I have seen too many book adaptations that deviate far, far from the original story. I wouldn't like to see TKAM filmed that way but curiousity got the better of me and I went to the video store to purchase a DVD. I was very happy and contented with my decision. I must say that from the very start, this movie struck a deep chord of approval and sprung some very precious emotions from me. The opening sequence and the music was just so perfect. I take my hat off to the great Elmer Bernstein and his genius. The opening sequence focused on a child's world which in my mind, is the very essence of the novel.

    The excellence of this movie was the whole congruity and the coming together of all the film's elements; the cinematography was right, the music doesn't override or overpower the scenes, instead it blends perfectly; the actors all did a very fine job and the screenplay was generally faithful to the novel. I know that Harper Lee herself supervised some of the movie's scenes.

    I do believe that Gregory Peck rightfully deserves the best actor Oscar. The kids were also great; they all looked their part and were very natural.Mary Badham, Philip Alford and John Megna were casted perfectly for their roles. Mary was even nominated for the Oscar Best actress at that time. She was one of the youngest ever to be nominated for the award. I must also commend the supporting cast especially Rober Duvall who played the role of Boo Radley. It was in this movie that he made his screen debut and albeit his very brief part, he was immensely effective. I have read that to look the part of a photophobic recluse, he had to stay indoors for weeks and dye his hair blond!

    I recommend this movie for everyone, especially the whole family. Robert Mulligan did a fine job of directing and Horton Foote made the perfect screenplay. This film, like the book, will arouse in its viewers a feeling of fun, excitement and ultimately, a sense of indescribable sadness. It makes you want to be a child again and it reminds you of what grown-ups must do to preserve the innocence of childhood.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    Great High School Resource

    I teach a Special Day Class for diploma bound students on a public high school campus. Although I would prefer that all my students read the book, I receive and lose students constantly during the semester, so I use the video for students who arrive during our reading or after the class has read the book and is discussing it.

    I also leave a copy in the class library for any student who may have missed reading the book or for any student who wishes to share the story with his/her family.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    great movie

    I just love this movie. My mother had me read the book and the movie is as good as the book. Gregory Peck was wonderful in this move and Bo was forever etched into my mind.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    This is one of my Top Ten Movies of all time!

    This is one of the best movies ever, a must see!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Something that almost everyone can relate to

    The movie isn't as good as the book, but it still is a pretty good movie. It makes people who were there feel nostalgic and the kids who weren't even born then feel like they are lucky to be born in the later decades. What Scout, Jem, and Dill have gone through as kids is definitely amazing and that they were able to go through all of what they went through. It makes you forget that Scout was talking about the past and that they still remember everything like it was yesterday.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Movie EVER on Racial Issues

    This movie and book are the BEST ever produced and/or written on racial tension and injustice. This will always be at the Top 10 of my BEST movie and BEST books written!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The best movie ever !

    This is great movie talking about innocent black man charged with raping a white girl at the trail. A white girl lied to the judge about raping. It is very interesting about southern culture. You should watch the best classic drame movie!! You SHOULD watch this!!

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