A widowed lawyer is appointed to defend a black man against false rape charges in Depression-era Alabama, stirring up deep racial tensions in the small town. Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Harper Lee.
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Atticus Finch, rightfully AFI's #1 hero of all time, is a fucking legend, and Gregory Peck is pitch-perfect in the role. That Mulligan and company were able to realize characters so beloved by so many, exactly the way we all imagined them, is something special.
I thought everything fit together perfectly - the music, the acting, the direction. The direction was splendid, deftly moving between a noir/foreboding type atmosphere to more childlike sequences. In fact, the child actors were all fantastic. All-around sublime. Peck as Atticus is as good as advertised. A deserved American classic.
With such fantastic source material, "To Kill A Mockingbird" is a prime example of what a well-made adaptation can achieve. A small-town mystery mixed with poignant, unwavering social critique of the time it portrays, made at a turning point in American Civil Rights History. A sight to behold.
I don't remember a time where a book has made me cry, except for To Kill A Mockingbird. The book was wonderful, but unfortunately the movie could not be as complete as the original book though. However, Gregory Peck was everything I was expecting from Atticus Finch.
Even at its most sentimental, there's a purity and sincerity about this film that makes it rise above other small town dramas. Most of the time, it doesn't feel like you're looking at actors or sets; it feels like a real world. What I love most about this film is Atticus Finch, perfectly embodied by Gregory Peck. His impeccable (but not self-righteous) moral strength makes him one of the great cinematic heroes.