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1962's "To Kill A Mockingbird" is one of those exceptionally rare, beautifully moving films, that, at times, deeply touches the heart with its insight.
Even seen today, nearly 60 years later, this film's power and richness cannot be diminished over time. This is the sort of film where everything about it (acting, direction, scripting, cinematography, etc.) all come so nicely together as a flawless whole.
"To Kill A Mockingbird" is easily one of the best films of all-time.
I read this book a few years after it’s release and saw the movie later. I grew up in the south, Tampa Bay Area. Even as a white child I was very much aware of the injustices that fell upon people of color. I never understood why it existed and my parents had no explanation. I was fortunate to have been raised in a house that respected all people.
I remember reading the book and watching the movie in high school.
Atticus has a wonderful heart and his daughter is so curious at a young age.
The ending of the movie definitely gets to you.
This is acting history - the portrayal of Atticus Finch's courtroom speech as he defends the rights of an innocent black man - go down in history as one of the greatest moments caught in a film.
I was looking forward to this after reading the book, but although its considered a classic, the movie was too 50's feeling.
I think people are giving high marks for sentiment, certainly the special effects are lacking, and it's not even in colour! I don't like children, and the main character is one. However, the weird lawyer dad is very likeable, even though his childrearing habits are questionable, in fact illegal by today's standards, I'm told. I do recommend, but as a quaint history thing.
For me the role of ‘Boo’ Radley pushed this movie past being a timely study in Southern racism into a disturbing, enigmatic but hopeful study of human nature. Robert Duvall really brought it home. Who could play Atticus Finch today? A younger Tom Hanks might have brought something to the role, but he was no Gregory Peck, and that’s not today.
Was John Stuart Mill one of those utilitarian thinkers like Jeremy Bentham or (don’t laugh) Jethro Tull who supposed that if people were well fed, clothed and educated the species held prospects for improvement? If human nature didn’t improve, what villain or villains are to blame? Where do these bad guys come from? Did Marxism fail because property is supposed to be sacred? Did power corrupt the dictatorship? Of course: Certainly not because people don’t want to live in a better world. A cynic might say that human nature doesn’t want to improve, but not me. If we threaten the planet today, there must be political reasons for it.
Why did I say all that? Robert Duvall deserved mention, period.
I managed to live my entire life (a half-century plus) without having seen, until recently, TO KILL A MOCKING BIRD, the 1960 Harper Lee novel (and Pulitzer winner) about a small Southern town during the Depression and the racism endemic there which was made into a Hollywood film by Alan J. Pakula in 1962 starring Gregory Peck. It's worth seeing today if only because of Trump and his hard-shell white supremacist base of support. But the movie also brings home how we have lost our national character, our national center. Who could pull off Gregory Peck's Academy Award winning performance as Atticus Finch today? Brad Pitt? George Clooney? No. Not even close. Our loss of national purpose was made plain to me during the opening credits. A graphic depiction of the totems Boo Radley collects, it reminded me that in the 1950s and 1960s there was a great faith in public education; that with legislation and proper funding we could build an elementary and secondary education system, and from there an open university, that could erase the blight of poverty and racism; that a good primary education had as much to do with high art as big bucks. If you read your John Stuart Mill, you know that representative democracy is based on this idea. Well, we've totally lost this.
To Kill A Mockingbird is a film based on the original novel by Harper Lee. The film brings the novel to life and allows the viewer to visualize the book in a new way. The film is about a southern lawyer named Atticus Finch, who is tasked with defending a black man in court, during a time where racism and prejudice were highly prevalent. The movie like the book spreads awareness about the issues of prejudice, injustice, and discrimination. And allows you to see what life was like for the racially prejudiced back in the 1930s. Gregory Peck who plays Atticus Finch won an academy award for his performance in the film and is praised as one of the greatest heroes in American Film Culture. If you are a fan of the book, or someone looking to watch a good film, To Kill A Mockingbird is a great movie to watch. - @CoolReadz of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board
To Kill A Mockingbird, based on the book of the same name by Harper Lee, is a fantastic film. It captures the main themes and ideas of the movie although many parts aren’t mentioned so you should definitely still read the book. It was originally released in 1962 so it is in black and white but I find that this makes the film even better. I must also mention that Gregory Peck flawlessly portrays Atticus, he is absolutely perfect for the role. I would rate it 4.5/5 stars.
- @reginaphalange of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library
If you've never read the novel, or have forgotten parts of the storyline, here it is on DVD. The first three-quarters of the film is mostly living in a small town in the south during the Depression as told through the eyes of a six year old girl, Scout, the daughter of lawyer Atticus Finch. Although Atticus is appointed to be the attorney for Tom Robinson, a young black man accused of raping and beating a white woman, that part of the story doesn't really enter until the last quarter of the film. Then, during trial, Atticus proves that the woman's father, Bob Ewell, the violent town drunk, caught his daughter trying to kiss Tom and so he beat her almost to death. Then he forced her to lie about Tom. There is no evidence at all that she was ever raped and at one point in her testimony she even says so. The right side of her face is punched in, proving her assailant is left-handed like her father. Tom can't use his left arm at all because of a mill accident when he was 12. After all the testimony is in, it is blatantly obvious the woman, Mayelle Ewell, was never raped and tried seducing Tom who instead fled her home. Her father saw this and beat her almost to death. But the jury still convicts Tom, because he had no business (in their eyes) being in a white woman's house at the time. Although Atticus tells him he's already planning the appeal, Tom tries to escape and is killed. Atticus goes to tell the widow and Bob Ewell, drunk again, walks up and spits on Atticus. Although it's old and slow, it's priceless to see the trial as it unfolds and how truly prejudice this town is. After the trial, all the white people leave the building and Atticus is left alone putting his papers into his briefcase. The black audience who are forced to sit in the balcony during the trial all stand to pay their respects to Atticus, who is the only white person in the building who treats them the same. Bob Ewell goes after Atticus's kids on Halloween night and a reclusive neighbor, Boo Radley, comes to their defense and stabs the drunk. The sheriff calls it an accident and closes the case immediately, reluctant to arrest anyone for killing a man everyone hated (Bob). In the south it was said to kill a mockingbird was a sin because they were innocent and the only thing they ever did was sing to make us happy. At the end Scout mentions to her father that sending Boo to prison for saving her and Gem would be like killing a mockingbird.
This is an Academy awards winning drama directed by Robert Mulligan, based on the Pulitzer Prize winning novel written by Harper Lee, originally released as a motion picture in 1962.
Lee said that "To Kill a Mockingbird" is not an autobiography, but rather an example of how an author "should write about what she knows and write truthfully".
However, several people and events from Lee's childhood parallel those characters in the movie.
It appears that Scout is Lee herself.
Indeed, Lee's father, Amasa Coleman Lee, was an attorney, similar to Atticus Finch, and in 1919, he defended two black men accused of murder.
After they were convicted, hanged and mutilated, he never tried another criminal case.
You can see Harper Lee in Disk 2.
In any case, you'll be able to find out why it's a sin to kill a mockingbird.
Classic, beautiful and timeless. A must watch for all ages, and more relevant than ever.
Gregory Peck was my idle after watching this in Jr. High. The movie is an excellent adaptation of Harper Lee's novel. The racism and childhood insights are well played out by the actors. If only today's young actors could be like Jem and Scout.
A fantastic film based on Harper Lee's novel of the same name.
Gregory Peck and Brock Peters give great performances!
Be sure to attend Markham Public Library's screening of this film on February 7th at the Thronhill Community Centre Library from 1-4 PM to mark Black History Month.
I read the book, then later saw the movie. I thought "Hm-m-m-m....that's an EXCELLENT adaption of the book to the screen." Guess what? It won an Academy Award for Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium in 1963.
This movie is one of THE BEST MOVIES ever made. Gregory Peck really deserved his Academy Award for Best Actor and, although his screen time is short, look for Robert Duvall in his early acting career as pivotal character, Boo Radley--good job.
Just a classic. Period.
Take the time to watch the bonus features. Gregory Peck was an EXCEPTIONAL human being by any standard. I went from being a fan to having the utmost respect for him. Such an interesting guy!
Director Robert Mulligan's monumental classic of half a century ago, and arguably the defining moment of Best Actor Gregory Peck's career. Cradled in Elmer Bernstein's poignant score, this film is a masterwork. And anyone who doesn't or can't appreciate black and white cinema is a clueless dolt. That is all. FIVE STARS.
As is often the case, the book was better. That being said, the film was still good, just that the novel was preferable. Perhaps it was the limitation of black-and-white film that couldn't convey the colourful characters of Maycomb County. However, I felt the serious tone during some scenes (the trial, the climactic final scene) was done tastefully.
this movie was pretty good- the acting was great. i wasn't sure if i liked the story line as well, it's a tad boring but very realistic.
One of the greatest movies ever made. Peck gives his best performance, the cast and direction are ideal, and the story is timely even today. It complements the original book perfectly.