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To Kill a Mockingbird 1962

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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another of the great films of the 60's 8/10
@Gnarly @Gnarly my son had it in school, I have the book and saw the movie. Really good movie, as good as the book!
Yeah, so I had this great scheme where I was going to write this totally bitching entry about how I read To Kill a Mockingbird and watched the film and saw Capote and it was going to be about Truman Capote and Harper Lee and how having perspective is really super great and killing people is not great at all.

That was in, like, October, and most of what I remember is that Gregory Peck is really dignified and Truman Capote is not. So I'm afraid this is all you get.

To Kill a Mockingbird (Robert Mulligan, 1962)
Just say no to racial prejudice, kids. This movie has some of the best names, it can't be denied. Unless you're "uppity," that is. 8/10

Capote (Bennett Miller, 2005)
This got a Best Director nomination? All right. PSH, who has great initials, was very good, Annie Proulx. 7/10
Probably Gegory Peck's best preformance.
To Kill a Mokingbird: My dad introduced me to a lot of the old classics. He's my movie source and I'm so glad I took the time to sit down and watch the movies he suggested. My favorite times with my dad are watching movies that he loves with him. His face just lights up and he seems his happiest. This movie touches me, it frustrates me to see such hate in the world and this movie was so brilliant in exposing that. I haven't read the book but this movie is so utterly fantastic that the book must be as well.

It's a Wonderful Life: This is one of my dad's favorite movies. I love James Stewart and he does such a wonderful job of his role George Bailey, a movie that reminds you that no matter how insignificant you think your life is you are in fact touching and shaping the lives of all those around you. It's a good reminder of something that we often forget that we are only us because of those around us and when you feel you're not needed anymore you should really stop and think about all the lives you'll change if you are no longer there or were never there at all.

Vertigo: Another wonderful Hitchcock film with my beloved James Stewart. I had no idea what was going on in this movie and it took me for a wild ride. The ending really surprised me, but then again I don't like to try and figure it out I'd rather be surprised.
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To Kill a Mockingbird
Here's another film rating.
Gregory Peck is brilliant. The direction is also top-notch. This film is captivating and quite powerful. Highly recommended.
Critics are right when they say Atticus Finch is Peck's best role of his career, because in this film Peck portrayed such a tender and devoted father that has inspired people around the world and made him win a deserved Oscar, although O'Toole was great also in Lawrence of Arabia; we must admit the voters had a tough year. I think this aspect is the major achievement of this film; although the defense of this attorney is compasive and professional in every way because Finch lost friends and earned enemies but he was loyal to his principles and defended an innocent man who was victim of racism from the jury and from the judge, Harper Lee makes a critic to the unfair system of that time. The performance of Scout was funny and full of realism, Mulligan's direction is careful and effective and Robert Duvall is also great without pronouncing a word.

Oddly enough, another strength of this film is the credits. The close-ups of all the items combined with the unexplainable beauty that black and white film brings make this opening sequence something that should be found in an art show. I've never paid so close attention to the credits. On the down side, it does distract viewers from what the credits are actually saying, but who reads the credits anyway?

To Kill a Mockingbird is a true classic. This is a film that you can watch throughout your life and understand something new about it every time. It brings something to the table for middle school students, something new for college students, and probably something new to full-grown adults. Racial segregation in the U.S. is something that will not quickly be forgotten and this film is a solid reminder of the complete insanity of it. Films like this are important to American culture, hopefully to never be forgotten.
I bought this movie in Japan, where it, interestringly, has been named as: "Alabama Monogatari" (for those of us who cannot read Japanese: = Alabama Story).

As a selfproclaimed "Ozu" admirer, within a second the alarmbells started to ring and my imagination started to blossom. "Mmm...why did they in Japan just call it "Alabama Story". period. No efforts to bring the Japanese ornithology book a long whatsoever. Could they see some kind of "resemblance", a "cinematic connection" with what not few think of the best film ever, Tokyo Story? Has my imagination run wild? Was it not just been translated like this because "To Kill a Mockingbird" (pronounciation "mokking" not "moacking" by the way), sounded too strange..too "excotic"...?" Those people who think at this moment "what's this chap talking about?!", I ask them to bear with me a little longer. It is a fact that many beautiful asian movies with maybe even more beautiful original titles, also a bunch of crap movies for that matter, often have been titled in the West that you might come to think that they make a sport out of it to re-name the film in such a way that it has about got as much in common with the original title as Bayern Munich has with great football. Still...I just could not put it away as a mere "coincidence" or give all credits to the mechanism of the "filmindustry" in which they try to unstrip all "exotism" of mainstrain fims, titles included.

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I must say, my hunch was right. I think that I saw a lot of resemblances with Ozu's masterpiece indeed, and frankly, I don't care whether it was the result of that of an objective film criticizer or the still in my brains weavering aftermath of my "film title" musings I had seconds before I sliced the DVD in the player. Both movies really do not really try to become a film. Rather than following a puzzled out, meticiously drafted, scenario; "Alabama Story" like his Japanese cousin "Toyo Story" just let you witness how life was in Alabama in the 30's and Tokyo in the 50's. They just do not give you an indication, no, they really let you experience it in all its wonderful details. They can almost seen as studies, although here it has to be said that Tokyo Story has a deeper interest in the fascination of social-cultural behaviour itself whereas with "To Kill a Mockingbird" it is more the "moral and values" question that has been put in the forefront.

- everything. the film is just so well balanced, a jewel in it's genre.

Verdict: The American cousin of Tokyo Story. They do not make them like "To Kill a Mockingbird" anymore. 9/10:fresh:

As a kid, To Kill a Mockingbird was one of the only black and white films I could watch and sincerely enjoy. Although my movie taste has changed and my horizons have been broadened a lot since then, this movie is one of the few carry-overs from my childhood. The book (written by Harper Lee) on which it is based is one of my favorites of all-time - my dog is even named after it's author. The story is so touching and the characters are so real that, while watching, I feel like I am a part of their family. Atticus Finch (played by Gregory Peck) is a classic american movie character and was quite derservingly named AFI's #1 Hero ever to grace a movie screen. You can't go wrong with To Kill a Mockingbird. Times have changed, but the messages it presents are very much prevelant today.
To Kill A Mockingbird

This is one of my favorite books EVER and the movie is basically just as good. Recommended for anyone!

To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

I can see why this is such a classic but it's just never been a favorite of mine. I do give it a lot more credit now than I did many years ago, but that's because I was forced to watch it in 9th grade and it was a bore back then. I couldn't possibly have enjoyed any movie like this back then. It's a good movie but I just never thought the book (which I read) or the movie were worthy of their reputation. It's far too depressing and never really ends the way it should have.
I've heard a lot of hype about this film, and have just now finally had a chance to view it and all I can say is thank god it was so well written. Few times do you watch a film and the acting and the writing are so powerful and insightful that it elevates beyond a mere film. The movie manages to become something more powerful, more unique and by that gives the world a perspective not found during its era. Gregory Peck is so dead on perfect as the kindly and intelligent father not only trying to teach his kids on what it means to be morally correct, but as well trying to defend the life of an innocent man. The supporting cast, even for all the then unknowns, are perfect in every line and if you didn't know any better you'd assume them to be a real life family.

While there is little special in the directing, it does what is necessary - tell the story as it should be told. The editing doesn't help the pacing but at the same time really stands to the side in order to allow for the acting to be at the forefront. This is not found much anymore in hollywood, and is a gift few filmmakers seem to possess anymore. No matter what you say about this film when it comes to classic it is truley a sin to kill a mockingbird.
I've tried, but I don't get this "beloved American story" at all. I've read parts of the book, I've now seen the movie, but I just fail too see what's so special about it. I understand the issue of race was very important to America at the time, and the trial story was indeed a powerful one, although heavily tinted. Attikus Finch I did like a lot - he was a very strong character who held things together.

The whole "Boo" story though I did not get at all. I still do not understand who he is, why he does what he does, and why the kids have these extremely warm, "touching" feelings toward him. I mean he shows up once to help them out for whatever reason...but the whole relationship just seems illogical.

Maybe if I understand it better I'll like it better, but for now I can barely give it a fresh rating.

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To Kill a Mockingbird, Robert Mulligan's 1962 classic, introduced America to Atticus Finch, a character considered by AFI to be the #1 hero in American cinema. Gregory Peck plays him to perfection. Atticus, against his friends' advice and counter to the prejudice of the town in which he lives, takes on the job of defending a black man who has been wrongly accused of rape. Despite pressure from citizens threatening his family and the overt miscarriage of justice he sees unfolding before him in the courtroom, Atticus sticks to his convictions. In the end, he loses the court battle, but wins the respect of his daughter and the oppressed community whose civil rights he fights so hard to protect.
A brilliant film; just as good as the book. That rarely happens anymore--
A moving and perfect interpretation of Harper Lee's book.
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