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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 ...Show synopsisHarper 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. ~ Hal Erickson, RoviHide synopsis
I certainly enjoyed the film, and I expect that the vast majority of film lovers have seen it and know what I'm talking about. What is also good is that the dvd comes with a lot of bonus features (interviews and the like) which are also interesting.
Watching this movie made me realize, 'what goes around comes around'. As a people we have moved forward through time, cultures, fads, progress, the list goes on, but, have we really? In reading or talking to educators I believe we see some of the same scenarios today. Sad that we haven't progressed past this mentality.
Gregory Peck is astounding in the role of Atticus, Scout and Jem's father, and the other actors are great as well. This obviously doesn't exactly follow the book, but it conveys the main idea in a powerful way. Though color filming was an available resource, the film was shot in black and white to present the ideas in a more visual way.