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Coming of Age

By starrgazer
Written November 16, 2012
This movie is a touching character study of 2 children, Jem & his sister, Scout, growing up in a sleepy southern town in the late '30's and, through their eyes, a reflection of that racially-divided era. Jem & Scout are astute observers of their father, Atticus Finch, a brilliant lawyer tasked with the hopeless case of defending a black man charged with raping a white woman. The children watch as the townsfolk galvanize around racial lines over this & even help their father defuse an ugly situation at one point. The true heart of this film, however, is the undercurrent of fear/awe surrounding another character in town named Boo Radley, never seen, but often heard in the background of their lives. They scare themselves silly with stories of him coming out at night to prowl & look in windows, yet have a connection with him that they themselves do not fully understand, until the final climactic act, when the soul behind the character comes forth in a way that will impact them forever.
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Love TCM for this series!

By Soul_cinophile
Written November 16, 2012
I loved being able to see "To Kill a Mockingbird" in a theatre. This is a timeless classic that continually provides faith and hope in human nature. Compassion, love and acceptance of seeing the truth about people while honoring their inner beauty versus their outward appearance are all represented in this amazing film. I wish the Ben Mankiewicz segment could have been longer, as he clearly loved this film as much as the audience, and he enjoyed sharing the history and interviews. I think it was important to mention that Harper Lee based the Dill character on Truman Capote as well. I hope TCM and Fantom Events continue this series. There are some many films that deserve the full theatre treatment again.
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To Kill a Mockingbird

By loveoldmoviesbest
Written November 16, 2012
Loved the movie and seeing it on the big screen! It has been a long time since I have seen the whole movie straight through. I did miss the interviews they usually have before the movie, though. Great time. TCM please continue to have these classic movie nights!
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To Kill a Mockingbird

By mcdanish
Written November 16, 2012
This classic movie's message never gets old. It's about racism, hate, love, and above all family. Atticus Finch is the father we all wish we had, and Gregory Peck's performance is spot on. I think seeing this movie as a child, and then as an adult., gave me the opportunity to view it with different "eyes". As a child I loved watching Scout, Jem and Dill have their adventures, closed my eyes when the snuck into Boo Radley's yard, and was frightened of Bob Ewell. As an adult I saw the injustice, the dignity and world-weariness of Atticus, and the fierce love he had for his children. If you haven't seen this, rent it. If you have, see it again -- you won't regret it.
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Incredible experience

By moralear
Written July 26, 2014
I cannot say enough about this film and the opportunity to watch it on the big screen. It was an experience I will remember forever. It's classic in every way
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