Written September 23, 2014
Beyond a shadow of a doubt one of the finest screen adaptations of one of the greatest books ever written. The role of Atticus Finch was the role Gregory Peck was born to play. Evil flourishes when men of good character do nothing, but I fear that there were so few men of the character of Atticus Finch in my deep South of the l930's.....more's the pity. This film has had a profound impact on my beliefs about equality and justice, which belong to all men or belong to none. Much of the film brings back fond memories of my childhood is a small southern town in the 1950's and 60's, but also memories, not so fond, such as the abysmal poverty that surrounded me, not merely financial poverty, but poverty of the soul, of the spirit. Thirty years after the setting of this film, many of the evils exposed by Harper Lee still existed and to some extent still exist, only to a slightly lesser degree. All this seen through the eyes of an innocent child, recalls my own innocence in those days.
Written July 31, 2014
To see this film on the big screen, and in the black and white, was a joy. I wish there were more releases like this. Was though, disappointed that there not that many people in the theatre, and no minorities. This to me would have been a great movie for students to see.
Written July 31, 2014
I couldn't believe that a movie I had seen countless times on TV could move me to tears. The dignity of Gregory Peck's interpretation of Atticus Finch and the obvious true affection that was exhibited between Scott and Atticus that spilled over into the real life actors was absolutely wonderful. With the big screen, big feelings and concepts seemed to be the right size for emotions and social statements. Mind blowing!
Written November 17, 2012
I have seen To Kill A Mockingbird on TV before, and it is a wonderful movie. However, you do not get the full impact of the movie until you see it on the big screen. At the theatre, you see so many details otherwise missed, and you feel the characters so much deeper. You experience the total silence of the audience as Atticus gives his closing argument. His words are a powerful message about humanity that captivates the room. As he walks out of the courtroom, you admire his dignity and it feels like you are in that courtroom with him. It was an unforgettable experience that I recommend to everyone.
Written September 19, 2014
It was great seeing TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD in pristine black-and-white again, as I had not seen it on the big screen since it opened in 1962. As it tackles racial issues that still resonate today, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD remains a lyrical evocation of childhoods shaped by both the joys and the harsh realities of life.