Rent To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

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2h 4min
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Synopsis:
Gregory Peck won an Oscar for his brilliant performance as the Southern lawyer who defends a black man accused of rape in this film version of the Pulitzer Prize winning novel. The setting is a dusty Southern town during the Depression. A white woman accuses a black man of rape. Though he is obviously innocent, the outcome of his trial is such a foregone conclusion that no lawyer will step forward to defend him - except Peck, the town's most distinguished citizen. His compassionate defense costs him many friendships but earns him the respect and admiration of his two motherless children.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Alan J. Pakula
Narrated By:
Kim Stanley
Writers:
Harper Lee, Horton Foote
Others:
Henry Bumstead, Elmer Bernstein, Alexander Golitzen, Russell Harlan, Oliver Emert
Studio:
Universal Pictures
Genres:
Classics, Drama
Awards:

1963 Oscar Best Actor

1963 Oscar Best Art Direction Black and White

1963 Oscar Best Adapted Screen Play

BBFC:
Release Date:
10/04/2003
Run Time:
124 minutes
Languages:
English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, French Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, German Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
Subtitles:
Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish, Turkish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
B & W
Bonus:
  • 'Fearful Symmetry' - 90 Minute 'Making Of' Documentary
  • Director's Commentary
  • Trailer, Production Notes
  • Cast and Filmmakers Notes
BBFC:
Release Date:
13/02/2012
Run Time:
129 minutes
Languages:
English DTS 2.0 Mono, English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, French DTS 2.0 Mono, German DTS 2.0 Mono, Italian DTS 2.0 Mono, Japanese DTS 2.0 Mono, Spanish DTS 2.0 Mono
Subtitles:
Cantonese, Danish, Dutch, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, French, German, Icelandic, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
B & W
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Fearful Symmetry: A feature-length documentary on the making of 'To Kill a Mockingbird' with cast and crew interviews and a visit to author Harper Lee's home town
  • A Conversation With Gregory Peck: An intimate feature-length documentary on one of the most beloved actors in film history with interviews, film clips, home movies and more
  • Academy Award Best Actor Acceptance Speech
  • American Film Institute Life Achievement Award: Gregory Peck's memorable remarks upon receiving the AFI Life Achievement Award
  • Excerpt From Tribute To Gregory Peck: Cecilia Peck's heart-warming farewell to her father given at the Academy in celebration of his life
  • Scout Remembers: Actress Mary Badham shares her experiences working with Gregory Peck
  • Theatrical Trailer: Original theatrical trailer of the film
  • Feature Commentary: with Director Robert Mulligan and Producer Alan Pakula
  • 100 Years Of Universal: Restoring The Classics: An in-depth look at the intricate process of preserving the studio's film legacy

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Reviews (4) of To Kill a Mockingbird

Marvelous - To Kill a Mockingbird review by CM

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08/10/2011

We watched this with our 10 year old son. We had forgotton that the film was a good example of renforcing moral standards of living to children. It also demonstrated that the way children play with each other hasn't changed over the years.

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Gregory Peck at his best - To Kill a Mockingbird review by LE

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17/11/2017

The real joy of this film lies in superb performances, and it clings to key story of the book, happily ignoring the subplots. The moral standing of Atticus is a learning point for everyone.

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Period Drama (includes spoilers). - To Kill a Mockingbird review by Steve

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Updated 11/09/2021

Meticulous and and detailed version of Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize winning classic. Best of all is the inspired casting, from Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch all the way to Robert Duvall's debut as inarticulate recluse, Boo Radley. There are lovely child performances too, particularly from Mary Badham as Scout.

The first half of the film is a character study as the children learn about life from their small southern town. The relationship between the lawyer Atticus, a widower, and his daughter Scout is sensitively sketched. The latter part relates to Finch's defence of a black farm labourer Tom Robinson (Brock Peters) who has been set up by a mob of bigoted smallholders.  

The white agricultural workers of depression-era Monroeville, Alabama are destitute. They have nothing but their perceived superiority to black people, which they guard ruthlessly. Robinson is found guilty of raping a white woman, not because he has a case to answer, but because he pitied her. Which strikes too deeply into the poor farmers' conviction of primacy.    

The rural south of the 1930s is brilliantly realised. This is a memory story and there is an impression of time and events being distorted by the act of recollection. It's a remarkably subtle and intelligent film which made an issue of southern apartheid as the civil rights movement in America was coming into being.

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