To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
|Producer(s)||Alan J. Pakula|
|Top Genres||Crime, Drama, Film Adaptation, Mystery|
|Top Topics||Book-Based, Courtroom, Integrity, Justice, Lawyers, Prejudice|
To Kill a Mockingbird Overview:
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) was a Crime - Drama Film directed by Robert Mulligan and produced by Alan J. Pakula.
The film was based on the novel of the same name written by Harper Lee published in 1960.
One of the most beloved of classic movies speaks at once with the wisdom of years and with childlike innocence, capturing both voices flawlessly. Foote's adaptation of the Lee novel gives us a story of quiet courage and unexpected deliverance from the point of view of Scout (Badham), a six-year-old girl in the Depression-era South. She and her brother live with their widowed father Atticus (Peck), a lawyer and well-respected pillar of the community. Their world of play also contains the mystery of Boo Radley (Duvall), the reclusive boy next door rumored to be chained to his bed by his vicious father. The children's world parallels the serious business of Atticus's defense of a black man accused of attacking a white woman. The dignity of the accused and Peck's impassioned defense aren't enough to overcome the jury's racism. But the real attacker wants revenge, and the adult business and the children's world collide on a dark wooded path. All the performances seem to emerge from the dusty southern ground and the atmosphere clings like August heat. A beautifully realized drama cherished with each new generation.
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To Kill a Mockingbird was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1995.
Academy Awards 1962 --- Ceremony Number 35 (source: AMPAS)
|Best Actor||Gregory Peck||Won|
|Best Supporting Actress||Mary Badham||Nominated|
|Best Art Direction||Art Direction: Alexander Golitzen, Henry Bumstead; Set Decoration: Oliver Emert||Won|
|Best Cinematography||Russell Harlan||Nominated|
|Best Director||Robert Mulligan||Nominated|
|Best Music - Scoring||Elmer Bernstein||Nominated|
|Best Picture||Alan J. Pakula, Producer||Nominated|
|Best Writing||Horton Foote||Won|
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Scout: May I see your watch? "To Atticus, My Beloved Husband." Atticus, Jem says this watch is gonna belong to him some day.
Atticus Finch: That's right.
Atticus Finch: Well, it's customary for the boy to have his father's watch.
Scout: What are you gonna give me?
Atticus Finch: Well, I don't know that I have much else of value that belongs to me... But there's a pearl necklace; there's a ring that belonged to your mother. And I've put them away, and they're to be yours.
Scout: I said, 'Hey,' Mr. Cunningham. How's your entailment getting along?
[He turns and looks away]
Scout: Don't you remember me, Mr. Cunningham? I'm Jean Louise Finch. You brought us some hickory nuts one early morning, remember? We had a talk. I went and got my daddy to come out and thank you. I go to school with your boy. I go to school with Walter; he's a nice boy. Tell him 'hey' for me, won't you? You know something, Mr. Cunningham, entailments are bad. Entailments...
[She suddenly becomes self-conscious]
Scout: Atticus, I was just saying to Mr. Cunningham that entailments were bad but not to worry. Takes a long time sometimes...
[to the men who are staring up at her]
Scout: What's the matter? I sure meant no harm, Mr. Cunningham.
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William Windom's movie debut.
Phillip Alford told his mother that he did not want to go to the auditions for the part of Jem Finch but when his mother told him he would miss half a day of school, he immediately decided to go to them.
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