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5.0 out of 5 stars A Perfect DVD
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...
Published on Jun 3 2004 by papaphilly
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not as great as the book.
This movie was ahead of its time. I really enjoyed the introductory sequence featuring Scout coloring and humming. Gregory Peck was amazing as Atticus Finch, bringing much, but not too much drama to his role. However, I do feel that this movie was overall too dramatic, very unlike the book. It lacked the book's subtle humor, and replaced it with exaggerated dramatic...
Published on Nov 9 2002
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5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece,
This review is from: To Kill a Mockingbird: 50th Anniversary Edition (DVD)Great story. I have read the book and the movie remains true to the story. Gregory Peck was Atticus. The characters come alive in this story and present a lasting picture of coming of age.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic,
This review is from: To Kill a Mockingbird: 50th Anniversary Edition [Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy] (Blu-ray)Gregory Peck at his best. This black & white classic is a must-have! Harper Lee's book is landmark American literature and the movie really does it justice.
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome purchase,
This review is from: To Kill a Mockingbird: 50th Anniversary Edition (DVD)Having read the book many times, it was a treat to see the classic movie which received rave reviews for good reason!
5.0 out of 5 stars Superbe!,
This review is from: NEW Peck/badham/alford/duvall - To Kill A Mockingbird (Blu-ray) (Blu-ray)Très belle restoration de ce classique,qui même s`il est en noir et blanc,est agréable à regarder.Le meilleur rôle de Gregory Peck qui lui a valu l`oscar du meilleur acteur.Excellent film!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well done,
This review is from: To Kill a Mockingbird (DVD)I was surprised at how well all the elements came together for this film. Obviously the main cohesion is centered on Atticus Finch (Gregory Peck) and his relationship with his children, Scout (Mary Badham) and Jem (Philip Alford). I would classify this as one of Gregory peck's best movies. It almost had to be shot in black and whit to have the feel needed in the all but black and white movie.
Scout and Jem know very little about their neighbor `Boo' (Robert Duvall.) They have heard and made up strange stories. They spend time daring each other and their summer friend, to go up to the neighbor house as it holds some mysterious crazed person. Through the movie many odd things happen such as a tree that mysteriously offers a series of objects from marbles to a watch, among other things. What do we really know about our neighbors? Watch as the mystery unfolds. And what will they find out in this slice of life in the Depression-era South.
5.0 out of 5 stars To Kill A Mockingbird (Legacy Series Edition),
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great film!,
5.0 out of 5 stars Old Classic new again,
This review is from: To Kill a Mockingbird (Widescreen) [Import] (DVD)I had not viewed this movie in almost 35 years and I have to say that it is still superb. Some old movies lose their appeal because they are dated. this one is as fresh today as it was when it won its awards. It is well worth the time to sit with it again!
4.0 out of 5 stars Still a classic,
The choice of black and white format is a good one, obviously, even if this may seem a bit heavy-handed in its symbolism for some.
Gregory Peck is so perfect as Atticus that you will have a hard time trying to remember what else he could possibly look like. Jem and Scout work well too. Whatever happened to the child actors who played them? Who knows? Perhaps it's just as well; they can be Jem and Scout forever. Too bad about the casting for Dill, but you can't have everything, obviously.
Speaking of which, the clipping of the novel by Horton Foote is painful but necessary, considering it would otherwise be longer than The Return of the King, but I do wish that there were more scenes to savor. That's what the novel is for, I suppose.
Things not to love: the music for the scene in which Bob Ewell attacks Jem and Scout. Totally wrong. You might expect Thumper to emerge from the trees (trees? what trees?) but certainly not white trash Mister Ewell. Also, the melodramatics with the hands clutching and grasping at nothing in the same scene are really way over the top. If you are trying to go for drama, don't elicit a laugh. That's just deadly.
Another laugh arrives at what should be the most touching moment of the movie: Scout's recognition of Boo Radley. Unfortunately, it's blocked so Robert Duvall's Boo is literally hidden behind the bedroom door and he emerges like Freddy Krueger. Not very touching at all. Sorry.
But really, all the way around, weighing the flaws against the moments of brilliance, the movie comes out a winner and should be viewed as a separate text from the novel, against which no movie could ever be successfully compared.
5.0 out of 5 stars To Kill a Mockingbird is like a sin,
This review is from: To Kill a Mockingbird (Widescreen) [Import] (DVD)'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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