Written September 18, 2014
50th anniversary remaster was a great experience. I enjoyed the commentary and interviews provided by TCM. Truly a classic. Wish they made more story driven well produced films like this.
Written March 31, 2015
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 September 30, 2014
An all time classic. Made in 1962 and based on the best selling novel by Harper Lee. One of my favorites from when I was a little girl. Gregory Peck won an Academy Award in the Best Actor category for this film. Seeing it on the big screen was a totally different and amazing experience. It was wonderful.
Written March 28, 2015
It thrilled me to see this movie on the big screen; I'd seen it so many times on television, I was able to pick up many more nuances (the rabid dog in greater clarity, a drunk Bob Ewell shaking his fist at Atticus as Finch's car leaves the Robinson house for the first time) that made it more than worthwhile.
However, Ben Mankiewicz pretty much phoned his introduction in. I'm sure that he had other things he considered more important to do that day, as evidenced by his pronunciation of Maycomb County as "McComb" County. He also gave erroneous insight to the audience in that the children were removed from the courtroom during filming because of the nature of the testimony being inappropriate for them; yet, during Atticus' questioning of Tom Robinson, there the children are, in the picture behind Atticus up in the balcony, while Atticus asks if Tom "raped" Mayella Ewell. Sorta makes me wonder if he's actually watched the movie through.
But keep events like these coming!
Written November 30, 2014
One of the best movies of all time on the big screen, viewing TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD last night was movie buff's dream. The performances are still amazing, especially Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch. He could not have been more perfect. Even my ten-year-old immediately commented that he was exactly what she imagined Atticus would be from the book. This Blu-ray DVD will be a treasured part of my collection for sure!