To Kill A Mockingbird (1962)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB

USA, 1962.  , , .  Screenplay by , based on the novel .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Harper Lee’s incredibly popular novel makes its way to the big screen with very admirable results. Gregory Peck gives one of the best performances of his career as Atticus Finch, a Southern lawyer who is assigned the defense of a young black man accused of rape. In defending the boy, Finch finds himself not only dealing with the law but also the incredible prejudices of the society around him, starting with his own children. Mary Badham gives one of the greatest performances from a child star as Finch’s precocious daughter, and Robert Duvall makes his feature film debut as the very creepy Boo Radley. Excellent screenplay beautifully adapts the novel with ease and intelligence.

Academy Awards:  Best Actor (Gregory Peck); Best Adapted Screenplay; Best Art Direction-BW
Nominations: Best Picture; Best Supporting Actress (Mary Badham); Best Director (Robert Mulligan); Best Cinematography-BW; Best Music Score-Substantially Original

Cannes Film Festival:  In Competition

Golden Globe Awards:  Best Actor-Drama (Gregory Peck); Best Original Score; Best Film Promoting International Understanding
Nominations: Best Picture-Drama; Best Director (Robert Mulligan)


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