To Kill a Mockingbird

to kill a mockingbird


Director: Robert Mulligan Cast: Gregory Peck, Frank Overton, Mary Badham, Phillip Alford, Brock Peters, Robert Duvall, Ruth White, Estelle Evans, Rosemary Murphy, James Anderson, Collin Wilcox Paxton, William Windom, Alice Ghostley, John Megna, Richard Hale, Kim Stanley (voice)

Academy Awards: Best Actor in a Leading Role (Gregory Peck); Best Adapted Screenplay (Horton Foote); Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Black-and-White

Also Nominated For: Best Picture; Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Mary Badham); Best Director (Robert Mulligan); Best Cinematography, Black-and-White; Best Substantially Original Score (Elmer Bernstein)

I First Saw In: c. 2004

Synopsis: Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his kids against prejudice.

Did You Know? Gregory Peck’s nine-minute summation speech was nailed in one take.

Quotables: ATTICUS FINCH: If you just learn a single trick, Scout, you’ll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.

And now a Word from the Guise:
The first time I watched this, I didn’t pay attention to it, because it was part of our required reading in school. I hated required reading, so I never finished the book and I certainly wasn’t going to pay attention to the movie. Now, of course, I wish I had, because this film is magnificent.

I’m surprised that it didn’t win more Oscars, but then it was up against Lawrence of Arabia, which I also love even if it is horribly inaccurate. However, having watched them both now (and actually paid attention), I will say that I prefer To Kill a Mockingbird.

I got angrier and angrier the further into the movie I got, eventually feeling utter disgust as I watched Bob Ewell successfully get away with framing Tom Robinson for raping his daughter. It made me think of all the horrible racial injustices that POC’s in this country still face to this day. It sickens me to know that there are still people who behave like Bob Ewell. But then there was glorious satisfaction as Ewell met a well-deserved demise at the hands of the timid Boo Radley, who by the way was played by a very young, very handsome Robert Duvall.

Oscar Madness Ranking – ??? out of 233