|TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (director: Robert Mulligan; screenwriter: Horton Foote/novel by Harper Lee; cinematographer: Russell Harlan; editors: Aaron Stell/ J. Terry Williams; music: Elmer Bernstein; cast: Gregory Peck (Atticus Finch); Mary Badham (Jean Louise "Scout" Finch), Phillip Alford (Jem Finch), John Megna (Dill Harris), Paul Fix (Judge Taylor), Robert Duvall (Arthur "Boo" Radley), James Anderson (Mr. Ewell), Collin Willcox (Mayella Ewell), Ruth White (Mrs. Dubose), Brock Peters (Tom Robinson), Rosemary Murphy (Miss Maudie Atkinson), Frank Overton (Sheriff), Estelle Evans (Children's housekeeper) Kim Stanley (Narrator); Runtime: 130; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Alan J. Pakula; Universal-International; 1962)|
|"Solid social conscience drama."
by Dennis Schwartz
In 1932, Atticus Finch (Gregory Peck) is a widowed lawyer in the small-town of Maycomb, Alabama, who is raising without bigotry two school children -- the six-year-old tomboy daughter Scout (Mary Badham) & the 10-year-old Jem (Phillip Alford). His quiet life is altered when Judge Taylor (Paul Fix) asks him to take the controversial rape case.
The film excels painting a nostalgic look at the sleepy town segregated south, and of imaginative children playing freely in the streets. Peck's kids are affected by the trial and are curious about the creaky wooden house in the neighborhood where Boo Radley (Robert Duvall, his film debut) lives. According to neighborhood lore, the never seen by the children crazy Boo is chained to his bed by his father and never goes outside.
The critically-acclaimed beloved film has passed the test of time to be a classic, and stands out as one of Hollywood's better race relation films.
REVIEWED ON 11/3/2016 GRADE: A-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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