To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird

Director: Robert Mulligan Cast: Gregory Peck, Mary Badham, Philip Alford
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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.
Rodriguez01 More than 1 year ago
Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel I recommend, because the theme and the reason of the book are very important. The book To Kill a Mockingbird is based in a time when African Americans are free, but segregation is still active. The author explains that even after slavery was abolished racism was still present and all the African Americans were facing it. Harper Lee wanted to explain the time in which she was raised and how life was in the during The Great Depression. The main characters of the novel are Scout, Jem, Atticus, Dill, Boo Radley, and the Ewell family. Scout is the narrator in the novel and she tells the story in past tense. The novel is about people being discriminated for who they are. For example, Tom Robinson is an African American man who was accused of raping a white woman. When he is taken to trial they discriminate him, because the color of his skin. He is described as a mockingbird in this novel. The reason why is because mockingbirds are innocent because they don’t do anything bad. One of the most interesting things about this novel is the trial of Tom Robinson. The trial is a good thing to discuss because it makes you think about racism and injustice all together. In the trial you need to hear the arguments both of the sides have and you need to think if Tom Robinson is innocent or guilty.
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.
Grace Koenig More than 1 year ago
Reviewing: To Kill A Mockingbird Overall To Kill a Mockingbird was a great book. It starts with Jeremy ‘Jem’ Finch and Jean Loise ‘Scout’ Finch, having a their friend Charles Baker Harris ‘Dill’ over for the summer. What they really wanted to accomplish, was to make Boo Radley come out of the Radley house. There were all sorts of stories about Arthur now known as Boo Radley. When faced with a problem the two siblings usually go to their father Atticus Finch, a well-respected lawyer. They live in Maycomb with their maid/foster mother Calpernia. Their mother died when they were two so they only had Calpernia to raise them when Atticus was out of town. They used Dill to recreate different books and movies. That’s when their infatuation with the Radley house began. The rumors were more and more ridiculous with each passing year. The three children decided to see what was true and what was just a whole bunch of made up lies. Dill was constantly hounding Jem about whether he would go up to the door of the Radley house and knock on it. After Dill repeatedly taunted him, Jem made up his mind. He walked up to it, slapped it, then ran back to the porch. They thought they saw movement inside. Scout was extremely excited about going to school. She met her teacher, Mrs. Fisher, in a kind of unflattering way. Then she told Scout that her father wasn’t allowed to teach her to read/write anymore. Mrs. Fisher was a 21-year old teacher, that was trying the Dewey Decimal System out. Walter Cunningham got Scout in trouble so she beat him up after school. Jem stopped Scout and invited Water to dinner. He poured molasses all over his dinner. Scout made a comment about it, and Calpernia reprimanded her. The Ewell’s came to school the first day and left while yelling at Mrs. Fisher. Calpernia missed them, ad made crackling bread, and made up with Scout. Atticus made a deal with Scout that he’d let her keep reading if she kept on going to school. They decided they would play out what horrible stories they had heard about Boo Radley. They got so good that kids from the houses around came to watch. Atticus caught them playing this game, he got suspicious and took their props. But Jem insisted that Atticus hadn’t said they couldn’t and therefore they could. They decided that they would try and look through the Radley window. Jem went up and saw through in the dead of night. He looked in, but before he saw anything Mr. Radley shot at them with a shotgun. Mr. Radley didn’t know it was Jem, but woke up the whole street. Jem’s pants got stuck on the fence but he left them. Atticus was chosen for a new case, to defend Negro Tom Robinson. Now I’m not gonna say anymore, before you have to read it yourself. To Kill a Mockingbird is one of the most loved books in history. It was Abraham Lincoln’s favorite and now it’s one of mine. The story is about the life of a time where family-history was everything, and slavery was still in power. But can Atticus with the help of his children Jem and Scout make a real difference?
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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
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!!
king_woolley More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The best movie ever in the history of motion picture. I love it!!
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readlorraine More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read the book and watched the movie several times; although it does omit some detail (because to include all would definitely make it much, much longer), it does a better job of representing the novel than any other attempt by movie-makers. It was also a great choice to have Gregory Peck play the role of Atticus.
Guest More than 1 year ago
To Kill a Mockingbird as a film is visual storytelling and so must, by necessity of the film genre, differ from the book. One is written to be read; the other is written to be seen. What a difference! Just as we cannot judge a book by viewing a film, we must resist the temptation to judge a film against the book from which it was adapted. This is a brilliant film because of its use of visual elements, its pacing, its sound track. No, it isn't the same at the book. But reading and viewing are two different but equally important criticial thinking experiences. Highly recommended for students.