To Kill A Mockingbird' DVD, Gregoty Peck (1962), New & Sealed
'To Kill a Mockingbird' is one of the great classics from the sixties. Gregory Peck is Atticus Finch, one of the true heroes from the movies. He is a lawyer who must defend a black man, accused of raping a white girl. Although this is an important thing in the story the first hour hardly deals with that fact. That hour is seen through the eyes of Atticus' kids named Jem (Phillip Alford) and Scout (Mary Badham). Their mother has died a couple of years ago.
We hear that Atticus has to defend a black man but at first the movie has its focus on something else. Among the children in the neighborhood certain stories go around about a house and the boy who is living there, Boo Bradley (Robert Duvall). Like every kid Jem and Scout are afraid of the house, but of course they are curious as well. The way this set-up is used later in the movie is great.
The trial of the black man is the center of the movie. The sequence is pretty long and we understand what really has happened. I thought the movie would play like a Hollywood movie from this point, predictable with its happy ending, but 'To Kill a Mockingbird' is smarter than that. Although this is the center of the movie and deals with discrimination and rejection of people who are different, in this case not white, it doesn't end there. The final moments of the movie, when the trial is almost forgotten, also deal with a certain discrimination. Calling this just a courtroom drama would do the movie no justice. It is more than that. It is a drama, yes, but also a thriller and a comedy, especially the children take care of that part.
Produced by Alan J. Pakula and directed by Robert Mulligan this is a great classic. From start to finish it is perfect, with some very strong performances. The kids are not annoying, especially in the older movies they often are, and Mary Badham is really good and for a while she was the youngest Oscar-nominee. Gregory Peck gives one of his best performances as well. Don't miss this terrific movie.
Director: Robert Mulligan
Gregory Peck .... Atticus Finch
Mary Badham .... Jean Louise 'Scout' Finch
Phillip Alford .... Jeremy 'Jem' Finch
Robert Duvall .... Arthur 'Boo' Radley
John Megna .... Charles Baker 'Dill' Harris
Frank Overton .... Sheriff Heck Tate
Rosemary Murphy .... Maudie Atkinson
Ruth White .... Mrs. Dubose
Brock Peters .... Tom Robinson
Estelle Evans .... Calpurnia
Alice Ghostley .... Aunt Stephanie Crawford
Paul Fix .... Judge Taylor
Collin Wilcox Paxton .... Mayella Violet Ewell (as Collin Wilcox)
James Anderson .... Robert E. Lee 'Bob' Ewell
William Windom ....
Mr. Gilmer, Prosecutor
Coding: All Region Code / NTSC format
Video: 4:3 Fullscreen
Audio: Dolby Digital / AC-3 / 5.1 Surround Sound
Subtitles: English / Chinese / None
Runtime: 129 Mins.
Colour: Black & White