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To Kill a Mockingbird Film 1962 Review

Updated on March 27, 2018
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I am a film enthusiast and enjoy reviewing films I have watched. I like all sorts of films but mainly black & white ones from the 50's & 60s

Gregory Peck
Atticus Finch
Philip Alford
Mary Badlam
Craham Denton
Walter Cunningham
John Megna
Charles 'Dill' Harri
Rosemary Murphy
Miss Maudie Atkinson
Ruth White
Mrs Dubose
Brock Peters
Tom Robinson
Robert Duvall
Arthur 'Boo' Radley

About the film

Released: 1962

Director: Robert Mulligan

Producer: Alan J. Pakula

Running time: 2 hrs 9 mins

Genre: Drama, Crime

Distributed by: Universal Pictures

Budget: $2,000,000

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.


My Thoughts

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!


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© 2018 Louise Powles


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      Rinita Sen 

      21 months ago

      This is an excellent review. I am not much into films but this is one of those that I watched before reading the book. As with any film based on a book, the details have been shortened in this one, but if we look at it independently, it is an outstanding film, with great actors.

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      Gerry Glenn Jones 

      2 years ago from Somerville, Tennessee

      This is a very nice article! I fell in love with the movie as a kid, and several years ago, I portrayed Bo Radley in a "To Kill a Mockingbird" stage play.

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      Gerry Glenn Jones 

      2 years ago

      Your article was very good. I love movies and stage plays and have been involved in both since 2010. I am a retired police officer who was looking for a new career in 2010, so I began writing, acting in many stage plays and some minor movies. I have also written a commercial, in which I was also an actor. I've written one screenplay (which has not been made and one stage play which I have not submitted. I am waiting for the right time. Please continue your wonderful articles and I will always be a fan.

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      Reginald Thomas 

      2 years ago from Connecticut

      Nice review of one of my favorite films. Gregory Peck was a perfect choice for this role.

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      Linda Crampton 

      2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Though I've heard a lot about the movie, I've never watched it. I want to very much, especially now that I've read your review.

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      Genna East 

      2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      What a nice review. I can't imagine anyone else playing Atticus other than Gregory Peck. The film brings forth the tone of the book quite well, as well as the words from many of its pages. Nell Harper Lee served as a consultant during filming, and became good friends with Peck and others. One of my favorite films; and Lee is a favorite author.

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      Dora Weithers 

      2 years ago from The Caribbean

      I've watched the movie a few times, but you make me want to watch it again. Thanks for the review. You would enjoy the book too.

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      John Hansen 

      2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      It's a long time since I read the book or saw the movie, but I remember the movie following the book amazingly well. Great acting, as you say, and Gregory Peck was always outstanding. Yes, very much an eye-opener. Good review here Louise.

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      Linda Lum 

      2 years ago from Washington State, USA

      To Kill a Mockingbird is one of my favorite movies, and I have lost count of how many times I have read the book. You really must pick up a copy. The movie is very true to the original story by Harper Lee.

      One other "character" in the movie that is worth mentioning is the hauntingly beautiful score by Elmer Bernstein. The opening theme speaks to the magic of a child's world. There is a wistfulness, an innocence captured in the flute solo that brings tears to my eyes.

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      Louise Powles 

      2 years ago from Norfolk, England

      Thankyou Frank. I've bought the book on my Kindle now, so looking forward to reading it.

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      2 years ago from USA

      The book was excellent as was the movie.

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      Pat Mills 

      2 years ago from East Chicago, Indiana

      A great book and a great movie without question.

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      2 years ago from the beautiful south

      This really may have been the only movie that I know of personally that does credit to the book. What would it have been without these very actors even though most books really are better than the movie?

      I just can't imagine.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      2 years ago from Shelton

      To Kill a Mockingbird is my favorite book of all time.. the movie did it justice and vice versa.. Peck was amazing.. Your review was spot on kudos to you


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