Written May 28, 2016
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 01, 2015
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 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 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 08, 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!