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To Kill a Mockingbird: 50th Anniversary Edition

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Ranked 34 on the American Film Institute's list of the 100 Greatest American Films, To Kill a Mockingbird is quite simply one of the finest family-oriented dramas ever made. A beautiful and deeply affecting adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Harper Lee, the film retains a timeless quality that transcends its historically dated subject matter (racism in the Depression-era South) and remains powerfully resonant in present-day America with its advocacy of tolerance, justice, integrity, and loving, responsible parenthood. It's tempting to call this an important "message" movie that should be required viewing for children and adults alike, but this riveting courtroom drama is anything but stodgy or pedantic. As Atticus Finch, the small-town Alabama lawyer and widower father of two, Gregory Peck gives one of his finest performances with his impassioned defense of a black man (Brock Peters) wrongfully accused of the rape and assault of a young white woman. While his children, Scout (Mary Badham) and Jem (Philip Alford), learn the realities of racial prejudice and irrational hatred, they also learn to overcome their fear of the unknown as personified by their mysterious, mostly unseen neighbor Boo Radley (Robert Duvall, in his brilliant, almost completely nonverbal screen debut). What emerges from this evocative, exquisitely filmed drama is a pure distillation of the themes of Harper Lee's enduring novel, a showcase for some of the finest American acting ever assembled in one film, and a rare quality of humanitarian artistry (including Horton Foote's splendid screenplay and Elmer Bernstein's outstanding score) that seems all but lost in the chaotic morass of modern cinema. --Jeff Shannon

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Perfect DVD June 3 2004
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Not only do you get one of the great films of all time, you also get the documentary about the film and its impact on the general public. The film is about a man's priciples to defend a black man who is accused of rape during the Great Depression. The film is also about growing up and facing lifes realities. This work is truly beautiful and has held up every bit as good as when it was first released. The film also follows the book very closely and does a wonderfull job of adapting the masterpiece.
The DVD has running commentary from the film makers as well as an exclusive documentary about the film. This project could not been done better. It is part of my personal film library and is truly a great addition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Something new every time Dec 5 2007
By James Gallen TOP 100 REVIEWER
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This is another rendition of an American classic. I had seen this movie and read the book in the past, so was there really anything new this time? We watched it as a school project for my daughter. She watched it as a teenager, my wife watched it as a teacher and I watched it as a lawyer and, for tonight, at least, a part-time tutor. We each saw something in it that we had not appreciated before. For me, the courtroom scenes were interesting, but I identified more with Atticus, the father, than Atticus the lawyer. No matter how often you have watched this in the past, you will find something new to admire when you watch it again. Never stop!
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5.0 out of 5 stars To Kill a Mockingbird is like a sin July 11 2004
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'To Kill A Mockingbird' is of course the movie adaptation of Harper Lee's movie with the same title. Gregory Peck is a lawyer in rural Mississippi who is asked to defend a black man accused of raping a white woman.
The movie starts however with a seemingly unrelated event, the lives of Atticus Finch's two children. His daughter is a tomboy and his son is trying to keep her from getting into more trouble. The stumble upon some strange items and look at the house of a strange man called Boo Radley.
Then the movie goes into the court case. It is of course very obvious that the black man is innocent, but this is 1930's South with an all white jury...
Then the two parts of the movie come back together again...
The acting in this movie (in black and white) is superb. I recall that Gregory Pecks perfomance was voted the best of the century. Even the little girl is superb, she even got a nominatation for an oscar. Boo Radley is played by Robert Duvall, though he says next to nothing and is only in the movie for a few minutes. He of course 10 years later would play Tom Hayden in The Godfather. For Star Trek fans: Tom Robinson, the black man accused, is Sisko's Father of DS9
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We shall say "To kill a mockingbird" is a classic of the century that unfolds reality into film with profound simplicity. Its character development along with the approach of realism supersedes many contemporary works of literature and film. The historic flavor of the film creates an impression of a southern community of America during the great depression. Apparently the quintessential theme of the movie is the social stigma and prejudice. We see conflicts between the blacks and whites in the same community where justice has upheld my one of the central character called atticus.
Tom Robinson, a black guy living in the same town called Mayconb was one of the central characters in the movie has been accused of raping a white woman. However, eventually he was convicted as guilty of charge and subjected to unfair justice system by the ignorant majority that have taken part in the jury. But there were other themes that also have significance to its crafts also. Its amazing reality of children's life that is so universal. It created a reality of vividing contention that helps the viewers to understand how the children see and think about the world. It also calls into attention of the activities that children by their vary nature involve in a family. For instance, Scout and Jem who are the central characters have enormous interests in scary yet joyful venture to Boo Radly's house even after being forbidden by their father. It was also important to observe how the children have collected gifts from the tree given by a isolated guy who they never been acquainted with.
The phenomenal curiosity of children is almost inescapable from the viewer's notice in the movie. They were inquisitive in every detail of what has been happening around them.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Greater perspective required May 13 2004
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Okay, it might feel slow and it can seem dull, but this movie has a heart and soul like almost no other. Life in a pre-Civil Rights Era, deep South town is not exactly an amusement park experience. Children live in the moment, and that's where perspective resides in this story. It's only later that meaning, lessons, and heartache are really processed (narrator provides the nostalgic adult view). Scout is self absorbed like children are, her older brother Jem longs for manhood, and every adult in town seems to realize their father, Atticus Finch, is a uniquely dedicated man. Story is immensely simple, echoing languid mood of a small town, pre-television, pre-suburban isolation, and very much in the midst of ignorance and prejudice. Racism is the issue that stands out in the end, but story is more an exploration of a time and place that most of us will never--and might never hope to--know. What action exists is observed by a mysterious neighbor and a stoic dad (who just might be the good guys). Don't be fooled by the pace; there are joys and hopes to be found in this small Alabama town.
Collector's Edition DVD includes Fearful Symmetry, a wonderfully illuminating documentary about the making of the film and the basis for its story and characters. It starts slow but the messages (some rathy wordy) are poignant. Narration includes many quotes from the book, details that are left out of the movie in effort to translate to screen. For anyone unsure of the value of movie and its story, this feature-length documentary is a wonderful introduction or alternative.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good Movie Love Mr. Peck
Published 28 days ago by Pearl Schurman
5.0 out of 5 stars Not the least bit disappointed!!
Excellent film. I highly recommend it.
Published 1 month ago by Jan Haskett
5.0 out of 5 stars Review
Absolutely the beat ever! Gregory Peck is incredible and deserves an award- hope he won one. The movie sends a powerful message.
Published 1 month ago by Barbara Hopkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Gregory Peck
An astonishing performance by Gregory. His determination to prove someomes innocence at a time
when there was so much prejudice. Powerful.
Published 2 months ago by babs
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic film, beautifully restored and presented
Years ago, I had the pleasure of knowing the German translator of Harper Lee's classic novel. (I even helped her effort with a bit of expertise). Read more
Published 2 months ago by Collector Guy
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best movies. Ever
A rare gem of a "based on the book movie" (they usually are awful) this is pure perfection. Gregory Peck is stunning.
Published 2 months ago by Janet Pole
5.0 out of 5 stars To Kill a Mockingbird
I saw this movie as a teenager and it moved me tremendously. It still has the same impact today. The cast is fantastic, but then what to expect with any movie starring Gregory... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Marsha
5.0 out of 5 stars TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
I knew of this movie for 40+ years, but had never seen it. I bought the book, loved it, and had to have the movie. Read more
Published 4 months ago by R. W. SIMPSON
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD To kill a Mockingbird
What a great film, so far ahead of it's time. Really wish the author of the book had written more. The characters are strong, the story still rings true in this day and age.
Published 6 months ago by linda
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Who doesn't love this movie? The book is my favourite, and the movie sticks right to the story line, which is rare for most movies based on books! Read more
Published 7 months ago by Kristy Spencer
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