Written May 03, 2016
Besides being a classic, this movie is a historical marker of how things used to be in the South. It also shows how and why things needed to change in order to bring all of us into the future. The two unknown kids were superb. Peck does an outstanding job both as a lawyer and as a father. Was surprised, as this was my first viewing, to see the introduction of Robert Duvaul. Highly recommend the movie, and kudos to TCM for bringing the series of classics to the big screen for today's audiences. Love the introduction and background pieces at the beginning. Much better than the stupid sound bites and previews of coming attractions.
Written February 11, 2016
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 July 26, 2016
There was some serious technical difficulties with this movie in the beginning and the manager and or projectionist were not paying attention so we in the audience had to get up several times and have them check on what was going on, but once the movie got started it was wonderful. It is no wonder that Gregory Peck got an Oscar for this role. It was an awesome movie, made me laugh, and made me cry. I am so glad I found out about this and went to it.
Written May 01, 2016
Thank you, Fathom Events and Regal Cinemas Commerce NJ for showing To Kill A Mockingbird on the big screen. Might just be the best movie ever made - totally honest, amazing for its time! Hard to imagine anyone but Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch. The role of a lifetime in a movie that transcends time..
Written August 29, 2016
Excellent!! One of the very best films ever made, and my favorite--every part is played perfectly by the actors--very true to Harper Lee's novel. It was wonderful to see this film again on the big screen--and to hear Elmer Bernstein's beautiful score. I could watch that film over and over and never tire of it. This is a film that should be seen by viewers of all ages. Hard to believe that this was the only role to win a Best Actor Oscar for Gregory Peck. He was magnificent in all of his films!