Directed by: Robert Mulligan Synopsis: To Kill A Mockingbird is a film based on Harper Lee’s book of the same title. Atticus Finch, played by the extraordinary Gregory Peck, is a lawyer in Alabama, where he lives with his daughter Scout, played by Mary Badham, and her brother Jem. Scout also narrates the film, but as an adult. Atticus ends up defending a black man who is charged with raping a young white woman; keep in mind this film takes place in the 1930’s, in a small racially segregated southern town. What follow is a town divided, lives turned upside down, and the will to survive.
Review: This film is in my top three favorite films of all time. Gregory Peck’s performancein this timeless story will captivate even the youngest of viewers. It is more than a story about the wrongs of segregation, prejudice, and ignorance, but one of family, and of standing up for others. The court scene is not to be missed, and probably one of Gregory Peck’s greatest moments as an actor. To Kill A Mockingbird is as beautiful as it is haunting and one of the most important stories ever written in fiction history.