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50th Anniversary and still wonderful

By frenchtweety
Written November 16, 2012
This was a unique experience and I am so glad that I got to experience it. To Kill a Mockingbird is a classic and to see it on the big screen was well worth it. The introduction from TCM really added something to the viewing. It was great to learn a few new things.
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To Kill a Mockingbird

By jespo300
Written November 16, 2012
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.
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Movie great; host - no so much

By jeder
Written November 16, 2012
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!
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To Kill a Mockingbird

By aquinoml
Written November 16, 2012
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!
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To Kill A Mockingbird

By Blackandwhiteaddiction
Written November 16, 2012
Timeless, dignified, significant....beautiful. My vocabulary is too limited to give this movie a more accurate description. I grew up on this movie as well as many other classic films and I have introduced it to my children. I wish it were a requirement for all high school students. Each actor plays out their role with such perfection - I am mesmerized. The entire production is a masterpiece. I hope we never let it sit on a shelf and accumulate dust.
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