Small-town Alabama, 1932. Atticus Finch (played by Gregory Peck) is a lawyer and a widower. He has two young children, Jem and Scout. Atticus Finch is currently defending Tom Robinson, a black man accused of raping a white woman. Meanwhile, Jem and Scout are intrigued by their neighbours, the Radleys, and the mysterious, seldom-seen Boo Radley in particular.Written by
In the final scene of the movie as Scout climbs into her father's lap, in the background is a photo of a woman on the mantel of the fireplace. Apparently it is a photo of Atticus's wife. See more »
Atticus:"Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it."
later Scout misquotes her father:
Scout: "...One time Atticus said you never really knew a man until you stood in his shoes and walked around in them."
However, there's no reason why Scout couldn't have paraphrased her father's intended message in her own words. See more »
Atticus, do you defend niggers?
Don't say 'nigger,' Scout.
I didn't say it... Cecil Jacobs did; that's why I had to fight him.
Scout, I don't want you fightin'!
I had to, Atticus, he...
I don't care what the reasons are: I forbid you to fight.
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The title is revealed in a child's crayon rubbing. See more »
After studying the outstanding book of To Kill A Mockingbird at school, I viewed this film, and was on the whole very impressed. Scout and Jem are portrayed brilliantly, considering the ages of the children who played them, and they, as with everything else in the production, are true to the book's spirit. Gregory Peck is perfect as the unflappable Atticus Finch, and deserved his Oscar. The music is worthy of praise, especially for the climatic scene, and the raw emotion and feeling of the book is amply conveyed. All of the cast are well cast, and it's interesting to ponder how much this film, at the time, would've shocked. That the book explores racism and outsiders in a southern town, through the eyes of a child is genius and works very nicely here. The only problems are minor- much of the book's counter-balancing humour was left out, certain characters are omitted (Dolphus Raymond and Aunt Alexandra), and some of the book's early characterisation is missed. Aside from these gripes, this is a magical film and a "must-see," as a companion piece to the classic novel. 9/10
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