To Kill A Mockingbird

To Kill A Mockingbird

DVD - 2005
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When a Southern white woman accuses a black man of rape, the outcome of the trial is a foregone conclusion and no lawyer except Atticus Finch (Peck) will defend him. His defense costs him friendships but earns him the respect of his two children.
Publisher: [Universal City, Calif.] : Universal ; Willowdale, Ont. : Distributed by Universal Studios Canada c2005
ISBN: 9781417053681
Branch Call Number: DVD To
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (130 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Mar 25, 2019

1962's "To Kill A Mockingbird" is one of those exceptionally rare, beautifully moving films, that, at times, deeply touches the heart with its insight.

Even seen today, nearly 60 years later, this film's power and richness cannot be diminished over time. This is the sort of film where everything about it (acting, direction, scripting, cinematography, etc.) all come so nicely together as a flawless whole.

"To Kill A Mockingbird" is easily one of the best films of all-time.

Mar 12, 2019

Excellent movie, acting and plot

Feb 05, 2019

great book classical movie with a twist

Feb 04, 2019

I read this book a few years after it’s release and saw the movie later. I grew up in the south, Tampa Bay Area. Even as a white child I was very much aware of the injustices that fell upon people of color. I never understood why it existed and my parents had no explanation. I was fortunate to have been raised in a house that respected all people.

Feb 04, 2019

I remember reading the book and watching the movie in high school.
Atticus has a wonderful heart and his daughter is so curious at a young age.

The ending of the movie definitely gets to you.

Jan 12, 2019

This is acting history - the portrayal of Atticus Finch's courtroom speech as he defends the rights of an innocent black man - go down in history as one of the greatest moments caught in a film.

apollospacefan May 27, 2018

I was looking forward to this after reading the book, but although its considered a classic, the movie was too 50's feeling.

Jan 29, 2018

I think people are giving high marks for sentiment, certainly the special effects are lacking, and it's not even in colour! I don't like children, and the main character is one. However, the weird lawyer dad is very likeable, even though his childrearing habits are questionable, in fact illegal by today's standards, I'm told. I do recommend, but as a quaint history thing.

Nov 17, 2017

For me the role of ‘Boo’ Radley pushed this movie past being a timely study in Southern racism into a disturbing, enigmatic but hopeful study of human nature. Robert Duvall really brought it home. Who could play Atticus Finch today? A younger Tom Hanks might have brought something to the role, but he was no Gregory Peck, and that’s not today.
Was John Stuart Mill one of those utilitarian thinkers like Jeremy Bentham or (don’t laugh) Jethro Tull who supposed that if people were well fed, clothed and educated the species held prospects for improvement? If human nature didn’t improve, what villain or villains are to blame? Where do these bad guys come from? Did Marxism fail because property is supposed to be sacred? Did power corrupt the dictatorship? Of course: Certainly not because people don’t want to live in a better world. A cynic might say that human nature doesn’t want to improve, but not me. If we threaten the planet today, there must be political reasons for it.
Why did I say all that? Robert Duvall deserved mention, period.

I managed to live my entire life (a half-century plus) without having seen, until recently, TO KILL A MOCKING BIRD, the 1960 Harper Lee novel (and Pulitzer winner) about a small Southern town during the Depression and the racism endemic there which was made into a Hollywood film by Alan J. Pakula in 1962 starring Gregory Peck. It's worth seeing today if only because of Trump and his hard-shell white supremacist base of support. But the movie also brings home how we have lost our national character, our national center. Who could pull off Gregory Peck's Academy Award winning performance as Atticus Finch today? Brad Pitt? George Clooney? No. Not even close. Our loss of national purpose was made plain to me during the opening credits. A graphic depiction of the totems Boo Radley collects, it reminded me that in the 1950s and 1960s there was a great faith in public education; that with legislation and proper funding we could build an elementary and secondary education system, and from there an open university, that could erase the blight of poverty and racism; that a good primary education had as much to do with high art as big bucks. If you read your John Stuart Mill, you know that representative democracy is based on this idea. Well, we've totally lost this.

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Nov 17, 2012

Scout: "Jem is up in a tree, he said he won't come down until you agree to play football with the Methodists."

Mar 28, 2011

Atticus Finch: I remember when my daddy gave me that gun. He told me that I should never point it at anything in the house; and that he'd rather I'd shoot at tin cans in the backyard. But he said that sooner or later he supposed the temptation to go after birds would be too much, and that I could shoot all the blue jays I wanted - if I could hit 'em; but to remember it was a sin to kill a mockingbird.
Jem: Why?
Atticus Finch: Well, I reckon because mockingbirds don't do anything but make music for us to enjoy. They don't eat people's gardens, don't nest in the corncrib, they don't do one thing but just sing their hearts out for us.


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Mar 28, 2011

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


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Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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