Academy Awards 1962 -
Best Adapted Screenplay: Horton Foote
Academy Awards 1962 -
Best Art Direction - Set Decoration (b&w)
USA Today - 05/22/1998
"Philip Alfrod was four years older than Mary Badham when both gave unforgettable performances here as Gregory Peck's children..."
Total Film - 02/01/2001
"...With Peck in Oscar-winning form and Duvall in his big-screen debut, the acting is powerful yet carefully measured..."
Sight and Sound - 01/01/2001
"...[An] affecting adaptation..."
Entertainment Weekly - 01/11/2002
"...MOCKINGBIRD has influenced Southern-fried films like SLING BLADE, as well as every courtroom drama since..."
Premiere - 04/01/2004
"Peck won an Oscar for his layered, level-headed portrayal..."
New York Times - 09/06/2005
"[T]hose who value this nostalgic evocation of tough-love parenthood and small-town values will find this set a worthy object of devotion."
Wall Street Journal - 08/01/2011
"In a long and distinguished career, Gregory Peck was never more stirring than he was in his Oscar-winning performance as Atticus Finch..."
Robert Mulligan's classic adaptation of Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, set in the racially charged atmosphere of Macon County, Alabama in the 1930s, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD is a poignant coming-of-age story. Winner of four Academy Awards including Best Screenplay (written by Horton Foote), and Best Actor (Gregory Peck), TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD is a timeless film packed with beautiful scenes and meaningful life lessons. The story is told from the vantage point of a young girl nicknamed Scout (Mary Badham) whose widowed white father Atticus Finch (Peck), an attorney, decides on principle to defend a black man (Brock Peters) charged with raping a poor white woman. But the bigoted townspeople would rather lynch the accused than try him, and they make life hellish for the lawyer, his daughter, and his son Jem (Philip Alford). While their father is in the throes of the trial, his bright, inquisitive children learn a hard and unforgettable lesson in justice, morality, and prejudice, part of which requires overcoming an unfounded fear of their mysterious neighbor Boo Radley (Robert Duvall).
Based On A Novel |
Coming Of Age |
Essential Cinema |
Law / Lawyers |
Race Relations |
Tear Jerker |
Theatrical Release |
Theatrical Release: December 25, 1962.
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1995.
According to author Harper Lee, the character of "Dill" was patterned after Truman Capote, a childhood friend.
This marked the screen acting debut for Robert Duvall as the mysterious Boo Radley.
The DVD includes a documentary about the making of the film, as well as extensive commentary from director Robert Mulligan and producer Alan J. Pakula.