To Kill a Mockingbird Film 1962 Review
Charles 'Dill' Harri
Miss Maudie Atkinson
Arthur 'Boo' Radley
About the film
Director: Robert Mulligan
Producer: Alan J. Pakula
Running time: 2 hrs 9 mins
Genre: Drama, Crime
Distributed by: Universal Pictures
About the film
The film is set in the 1930's in the fictional town of Marycomb in Alabama, USA. Atticus Finch is a widowed father of 2 children, Scout and Jem. Atticus is a lawyer and he believes strongly that everyone, whoever they are, should be treated fairly and equally.
Atticus is appointed to defend Tom Robinson, a black man who has been convicted of raping a white woman called Mayella Ewell. Tom strongly denies the charges, telling the court he had simply gone to help her in chopping up a piece of furniture. The film ultimately covers a lot of social issues at the time, including racial tensoin and how people can be outcasts in their community. The film spans over 3 years and shows how the children grow up with adversity around them and living when tensions was high. The children, Jem and Scout, are taunted at school because their father is defending a black man.
Another significant part of the film is where Jem, Scout and their friend Dill spy on their neighbour Arthur 'Boo' Radley. Arthur hasn't left his home in a long time, and naturally rumours and stories are told in the neighbourhood about Boo and what he's like. Of course, these are just rumours, but this goes to show how when rumours are spread it can damage a person.
I've not read the book, so can't compare it with the book, but the film is excellent. The 2 main child actors in the film who play Jem and Scout play an outstanding part. Gregory Peck plays an outstanding part as Atticus Finch. This timeless classic shows us how people in the 30's dealt with racial discrimination and bigotry. It is told through the eyes of children and also from the adults in the courtroom. The film is just over 2 hours long, but I felt that the 2 hours passed quickly and there's enough going on in the film to keep you wanting to watch. I really felt sorry for Tom. Watching him sitting in court, my heart went out to him. The poor man was being unfairly treated by those in the courtroom, and Atticus Finn was doing all he could to defend the man.
I feel the film is a real learning curb and shows us how people can be so narrow minded and judgemental towards others. The injustice this man went through in court sadly happens in the real world. Atticus is a strong believer that all people should be treated equally and fairly, and Gregory Peck. I think the film does well in promoting a strong message to viewers in the fact that the large part of the story is told through the eyes of the children and how they deal with prejudice from the people around them. Personally, I found the film an eye opener and really enjoyed it. Now I think I should read the book!
To Kill a Mockingbird official trailer
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