To Kill a Mockingbird(1962)
Based on the Harper Lee novel
Starring Gregory Peck
This movie post is perfectly placed since last week we received the controversial news that a sequel to the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird is going to be released. I love this book and I love this movie. It is about a lawyer (Atticus Finch) in the deep south who defends a black man against a wrongful rape accusation. Meanwhile trying to raise his kids to treat all people as equals within a society that refuses to do so.
Gregory Peck is amazing in it. This was among the best roles I’ve ever seen him take on. Simply marvelous. Combine Peck’s great acting with great source material and a screenwriter (Horton Foote) who respected the novel and captured much of the feel of it within the movie. In an era that saw more and more colored films, this movie stuck with black and white and was as powerful or perhaps more so because of it. Considering that this movie comes out in the 1960’s, it’s impressive because it takes a firm stand in support of equality in an era where that was still a major issue (still is). It is an important film in American movie history with great performances, a great script, and a powerful message. Certainly among my favorite movies of the 1960’s and possibly among my short list for favorites of all time.
I’ve learned that Turner Classic Movies will be playing this beautiful film on February 18th at 10:15 PM (EST). Check your local listings for more information and should you watch it. Enjoy!