Written December 03, 2016
An excellent movie but the first time I have seen it on the big screen. Excellent performances by Gregory Peck, Mary Badham & Phillip Alford.
Excellent because it deals with common prejudices: Aunt Stephanie's rant about Boo Radley comes to mind. Childhood imaginations about evil people living down the street as Jem (Alford) lets us know: "She'll kill ya, quick as look at ya." Don't we all remember!
The movie's main theme about blacks being second-class citizens complete with degrading grammar, spotlights the darkness of the human soul. Ignoring the truth also spotlights an invincible ignorance that's spellbinding.
Along with the human darkness comes the enlightened and humble Atticus Finch (Peck). He accurately and convincingly lays out the truth but false camaraderie wins out-temporarily.
The San Gabriel Mountains in the background can also be seen on the big screen.
Written June 29, 2016
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
Written June 30, 2016
Even though it's 50 years old, it still has relevance to today's society. The children were marvelous--how nice that they could manage to be so creative in their play without any technology that kids depend upon today. We've come a long way in dealing with prejudice, yet there's a long way to go. Gregory Peck was outstanding as Atticus Finch. The verdict in Mr. Robinson's trial was despicable yet
not surprising given the prevailing views of ignorant people. Wonderful movie! Good for all ages. Makes for a wonderful discussion.
Written July 01, 2016
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.
Written January 23, 2017
To Kill A Mockingbird is both one of the greatest books and movies this country has produced. I had never seen it on the big screen.
But last night's screening had some unfortunate shortfalls. The left/right edges of the film were off-screen thus losing some of the title words and some scene's composition and, in one case, a character (the judge in the verdict scene). Worse, in three places more than half-way through the screen went blank and silent.
Sorry Fathom and Universal, these gaffs greatly reduced the enjoyment of this special viewing.