To Kill A Mockingbird

To Kill A Mockingbird

Blu-ray Disc - 2012 | 50th anniversary edition
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In a small Alabama town in the thirties, a softly-spoken lawyer defends a black sharecropper against a charge of raping a white woman.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal, c2012
Edition: 50th anniversary edition
Branch Call Number: MOVIE TO
Language Note: Subtitled for the deaf and hard of hearing
English or French dialogue; Spanish or French subtitles
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (130 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in


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This wonderful movie has been adapted from Harper Lee's original novel.

Harper Lee (April 28, 1926 – February 19, 2016)

Harper Lee's enduring classic is a novel to be buried with. The film adaptation is equally classic. Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch may be celluloid's finest father. Hard to believe it lost out Best Picture, even when matched with an epic like Lawrence of Arabia!

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This was a good movie! The movie did a pretty good adaption of the book demonstrating how Scout progressed through her childhood and how she developed through life. I understand that the movie could take all of the book into account, but then why bring up people like Mrs. Dubrose, Calpurnia and Ms. Maudie if they aren’t going to be devolved like in the book. Additionally, some scenes such as Jem finding the items in the tree or when Jem, Scout and Dill were escaping after trying to look into the Radley house were not entirely correct. Also, Scout wasn’t even seen in school and Aunt Alexandra wasn’t even seen what so ever, which is a character that changes throughout the book. This being said there were definitely sciences better in the movie than in the book. Jem, Scout, Atticus, Tom Robinson, both Walter Cunningham’s and Bob Ewell were all portrayed very well and you could clearly see their personatlies and how Jem and Scout devolved. Also, Calpurnia, Mrs. Dubrose, Miss Maudie though were portrayed very well even besides the fact that they dint have much of a role in the movie. The rest of the movie though was able to get the point across about how prejudiced and racist people were in the past (and unfortunately still are), and how unfair it is that in life good people that don’t do anything to harm others are treated such as Tom Robinson or Arther/Boo Radley. All in all though this was really well done and was a decently good adaption of the book.

Mar 25, 2019

1962's "To Kill A Mockingbird" is one of those exceptionally rare, beautifully moving films, that, at times, deeply touches the heart with its insight.

Even seen today, nearly 60 years later, this film's power and richness cannot be diminished over time. This is the sort of film where everything about it (acting, direction, scripting, cinematography, etc.) all come so nicely together as a flawless whole.

"To Kill A Mockingbird" is easily one of the best films of all-time.

Mar 12, 2019

Excellent movie, acting and plot

Feb 05, 2019

great book classical movie with a twist

Feb 04, 2019

I read this book a few years after it’s release and saw the movie later. I grew up in the south, Tampa Bay Area. Even as a white child I was very much aware of the injustices that fell upon people of color. I never understood why it existed and my parents had no explanation. I was fortunate to have been raised in a house that respected all people.

Feb 04, 2019

I remember reading the book and watching the movie in high school.
Atticus has a wonderful heart and his daughter is so curious at a young age.

The ending of the movie definitely gets to you.

Jan 12, 2019

This is acting history - the portrayal of Atticus Finch's courtroom speech as he defends the rights of an innocent black man - go down in history as one of the greatest moments caught in a film.

apollospacefan May 27, 2018

I was looking forward to this after reading the book, but although its considered a classic, the movie was too 50's feeling.

Jan 29, 2018

I think people are giving high marks for sentiment, certainly the special effects are lacking, and it's not even in colour! I don't like children, and the main character is one. However, the weird lawyer dad is very likeable, even though his childrearing habits are questionable, in fact illegal by today's standards, I'm told. I do recommend, but as a quaint history thing.

Nov 17, 2017

For me the role of ‘Boo’ Radley pushed this movie past being a timely study in Southern racism into a disturbing, enigmatic but hopeful study of human nature. Robert Duvall really brought it home. Who could play Atticus Finch today? A younger Tom Hanks might have brought something to the role, but he was no Gregory Peck, and that’s not today.
Was John Stuart Mill one of those utilitarian thinkers like Jeremy Bentham or (don’t laugh) Jethro Tull who supposed that if people were well fed, clothed and educated the species held prospects for improvement? If human nature didn’t improve, what villain or villains are to blame? Where do these bad guys come from? Did Marxism fail because property is supposed to be sacred? Did power corrupt the dictatorship? Of course: Certainly not because people don’t want to live in a better world. A cynic might say that human nature doesn’t want to improve, but not me. If we threaten the planet today, there must be political reasons for it.
Why did I say all that? Robert Duvall deserved mention, period.

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Nov 17, 2012

Scout: "Jem is up in a tree, he said he won't come down until you agree to play football with the Methodists."

Mar 28, 2011

Atticus Finch: I remember when my daddy gave me that gun. He told me that I should never point it at anything in the house; and that he'd rather I'd shoot at tin cans in the backyard. But he said that sooner or later he supposed the temptation to go after birds would be too much, and that I could shoot all the blue jays I wanted - if I could hit 'em; but to remember it was a sin to kill a mockingbird.
Jem: Why?
Atticus Finch: Well, I reckon because mockingbirds don't do anything but make music for us to enjoy. They don't eat people's gardens, don't nest in the corncrib, they don't do one thing but just sing their hearts out for us.


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Mar 28, 2011

Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his kids against prejudice.


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Mar 28, 2011

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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