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8.1
/10
4,135 Ratings

To Kill a Mockingbird

Directed by Robert Mulligan
United States, 1962
Drama, Mystery, Crime

Synopsis

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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To Kill a Mockingbird Directed by Robert Mulligan

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

1963 | Winner: Gary Cooper Award

Academy Awards

1963 | 3 wins including: Best Actor in a Leading Role

1963 | 5 nominations including: Best Actress in a Supporting Role

National Film Preservation Board

1995 | Winner: National Film Registry

Critics reviews

It’s shrewd, how [Mulligan] makes the viewer adore this little girl. Note how, in cutaway shot, Scout isn’t just looking up adoringly at her father, but adjusting her position in bed to be more comfortable. She’s still a child; selfish impulses are constantly rerouting her behavior. Mulligan strengthens this impression with shots of Scout fighting in the schoolyard and running out of the kitchen to go to school.
December 21, 2012
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A guilelessly straightforward title sequence and a score that brings to mind youthful musical experimentation add further innocence to the film’s mature overtones… With deceptively simple styling and a faithful screenplay by noted playwright Horton Foote, Mulligan succeeded in tastefully representing the inherent simplicity of Lee’s acclaimed novel.
December 14, 2012
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To Kill a Mockingbird" relates the Cult of Childhood to the Negro Problem with disastrous results. Before the intellectual confusion of the project is considered it should be noted that this is not much of a movie even by purely formal standards. Horton Foote’s script is a fuzzy digest of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer best-seller, while Robert Mulligan’s direction is slavishly faithful to the elliptical style of Miss Lee’s action sequences…
March 07, 1963
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