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To Kill A Mockingbird - Film Version

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To Kill A Mockingbird, a 1962 film adapted from the novel by Harper Lee, is a timeless classic about racial injustice, moral tolerance, and the portrayal of childhood innocence in the 1930's. The story is set in the small town of Maycomb County, Alabama. Here, narrator Scout Finch lives with her older brother Jem and her attorney father Atticus. Scout, Jem, and their newfound friend Dill spend their days telling stories, playing games, and fantasizing about their reclusive neighbour, Boo Radley. As she grows up in this old fashioned, racist town, Scout begins to realize how the world around her really works, and just how shallow some people can be. When her father is forced to defend a black man accused of raping a white woman, the whole family has a very difficult time maintaining a normal life. ...read more.

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She helps both the characters in the film and the audience see that children are often taken for granted, and can have very simple, honest outlooks on life. Gregory Peck (How the West was One, Moby Dick) also does a marvelous job of playing Atticus Finch, the widower attorney forced to take Tom Robinson's case. Peck portrays Atticus perfectly, depectitng an honest man with a truly pure heart, trying his hardest to raise his children to become open-minded, non-judgemental adults. Peck's performance gained him a well-deserved Academy Award for Best Actor, and turned out to be the perfect highlight to a very long and successful career. Robert Duvall, who played Boo Radley in the film, appeared for only a couple minutes, but made a lasting impression on the audience. ...read more.

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The team of art and set director also won an Academy Award for their incredible work. Finally, the film's screenplay, written by Horton Foote, was a masterpiece. It included all of the important situations and details from the novel, right down to direct quotes. Any changes from the novel were made cleverly and flawlessly. Foote also won an Academy Award for his contribution to the film. With its 8 Oscar nominations and 3 Oscar wins, it's no wonder To Kill A Mockingbird is considered a classic. The film clearly depicts the racial injustices and moral tolerances that took place in Southern Alabama the 1930's. With its solid performances and practically perfect screenplay, To Kill A Mockingbird holds a place in the hearts of all its viewers, and will no doubt be enjoyed for generations to come. Movie Review: To Kill A Mockingbird Rachael Harvey December 2nd 2001 Mrs. Villeneuve ENG 3U ...read more.

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