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Directed by: Robert Mulligan

Produced: 1962

Countries & Regions: United States

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Certificate: 12

Studio: Universal Pictures

Length: 124 mins

Format: DVD

Region: Region 2, 4

Released: 3 July 2006

Cat No: 8200515

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Languages(s): English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
Subtitles: Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish, Turkish
Interactive Menu
Screen ratio 1:1.85
Dolby Mono, Dolby Digital 2.0

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To Kill a Mockingbird

Cast: Brock Peters , Robert Duvall , Gregory Peck , Mary Badham , Philip Alford , William Windom , Paul Fix , Frank Overton , Rosemary Murphy , Ruth White , Collin Wilcox , Alice Ghostley , Phillip Alford , John Megna

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Alabama in the 1930s. The children Scout (Mary Badham) and Jem (Phillip Alford) play in the street, while their lawyer father Atticus... Read More

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Alabama in the 1930s. The children Scout (Mary Badham) and Jem (Phillip Alford) play in the street, while their lawyer father Atticus Finch (Gregory Peck) defends a black man accused of raping a young white woman. The controversial nature of the trial, taking place in the racist culture of the Deep South, leads the local townsfolk to turn against Finch and sees his family become the victim of a series of terror attacks. Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Harper Lee, ’To Kill a Mockingbird’ won Oscars for Peck and screenwriter Horton Foote.

Harper Lee's 1960 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel To Kill A Mockingbird remains to this day a seminal piece of literature. Unusually for such adaptations, this screen version is, if anything, just as good, if not better.

Gregory Peck is Atticus Finch, a widower, lawyer and man of honour, faced with the seemingly impossible task of defending a black man against a charge of raping a white woman. Even though Atticus illustrates in court that the defendant is patently not guilty of the crime levelled against him, such is the level of bigotry, ignorance and downright cowardice among the local townsfolk that their guilty verdict is virtually pre-ordained.

Peck turns in a performance of power and empathy and some of his courtroom scenes are some of the most memorable of their kind and intensely moving. Mary Badham (who, remarkably, had no prior acting experience) is also excellent as Atticus' young daughter Jean Louise (aka 'Scout'), through whose eyes we see events unfold. Scout's daily exploits with her brother Jem and their relationship with their father are also at the heart of the story, but fundamentally this is a scathing and all-too-real examination of racial tension and intolerance in early-20th Century America

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