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To Kill a Mockingbird [1962] (2 discs)

Director:Robert Mulligan
Writer:Horton Foote
Composer:Elmer Bernstein
Length:129 minutes
(2 hours 9 minutes)
Sorting Category:Drama
IMDB Rating:8.2/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:92%
Amazon Rating:5.0/5 stars
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Synopsis: Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his children against prejudice.

Reaction: It's a classic. Watch it!

Personal Rating: 8/10

Robert Mulligan => Director
Horton Foote => Writer
Elmer Bernstein => Composer
Harper Lee => Original Novel
Alice Ghostley => Aunt Stephanie Crawford
Bill Walker => Reverend Sykes (uncredited)
Brock Peters => Tom Robinson
Charles Perry => Juror (uncredited)
Dan White => Mob Leader (uncredited)
Danny Borzage => Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Eddie Baker => Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Estelle Evans => Calpurnia
Frank Overton => Sheriff Heck Tate
Gregory Peck => Atticus Finch
Guy Wilkerson => Jury Foreman (uncredited)
Hugh Sanders => Dr. Reynolds (uncredited)
James Anderson => Bob Ewell
John Megna => Dill Harris
Kelly Thordsen => Burly Mob Member (uncredited)
Mary Badham => Scout Finch
Paulene Myers => Jesse (uncredited)
Phillip Alford => Jem
Richard Hale => Nathan Radley
Robert Duvall => Boo Radley
William Windom => Mr. Gilmer

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • With the death of [?] Rosemary Murphy (Maudie Atkinson) on July 5, 2014, Robert Duvall (Arthur "Boo" Radley) is the film's last surviving adult cast member.
  • James Earl Jones auditioned for the role of Tom Robinson.
  • The piano in Elmer Bernstein's score was played by John Williams.
  • The watch used in the film was a prop, but Harper Lee gave Gregory Peck her father's watch after the film was completed, because he reminded her so much of him.
  • It has been reported that this film was Gregory Peck's favorite work.
  • Atticus Finch was voted as the #1 screen hero of the last 100 years by the American Film Institute (AFI) in its special, "100 Years, 100 Movies, 100 Heroes & Villains".
  • Official credited film debut of Robert Duvall, who had no dialogue.
  • Brock Peters (Tom Robinson) started to cry while filming his testifying scenes, without rehearsing it this way, and Gregory Peck (Atticus Finch) said that he looked past him, instead of looking at him in the eye, to avoid choking up himself.
  • The first scene that Gregory Peck shot showed him returning home from his character's law office while his children ran to greet him. Author Harper Lee was a guest on the set that day, and Peck noticed her crying after the scene was filmed. He asked Lee why she was crying, and she responded that Peck had looked just like her late father, the model for Atticus. Lee explained that Peck even had a little round stomach like her father's. "That's not a pot belly, Harper," Peck told her, "That's great acting."
  • Brock Peters, who played Tom Robinson in the film, delivered Gregory Peck's eulogy on the date of his funeral and burial, Monday, June 16, 2003.
  • Mary Badham (Scout) and Gregory Peck (Atticus) became close during filming, and kept in contact for the rest of his life. Peck always called her "Scout", her character role, while Badham called Peck "Atticus".
  • Gregory Peck's summation speech, which runs for 6 minutes and 30 seconds, was nailed in a single take.
  • When he attended the Academy Awards, Gregory Peck was convinced that his friend Jack Lemmon would win the Best Actor Oscar for his searing portrayal of an alcoholic in Days of Wine and Roses (1962). In reality, Gregory Peck was stunned when he heard that he was the winner of the much coveted trophy.