To Kill A Mockingbird (1962) Top3films.com HOME
It would be sort of like shooting a mockingbird, wouldn’t
it?  - 
Mary Badham as Scout
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Film debut for Robert Duvall (pictured), Alice Ghostly and William Windom
This was Gregory Peck’s favorite role, and he always felt fortunate to be cast in this film.
The title refers to a lesson from nature, that killing a mockingbird would be a true sin because they are harmless creatures that create song.  (mockingbird pictured)
 


  “Virtuously dull”? – Pauline!  How about more respectful descriptors such as measured or introspective, after all Peck did win the Oscar and he’s thoroughly convincing in the role of Atticus Finch.

 

  Slow-ish pace (in keeping with the time and place) amplifies the more dramatic moments as well as the film’s tolerance themes and allows for worthwhile character exposition.

 

  A handful of scenes arouse feeling and in doing so elevate the film’s merit.  The Boo Radley scene especially stands out – an overwhelming conveyance of unspoken friendship and protection and one of the more uniquely stirring moments in cinema.

        » Brent Chastain, Top3films.com   


Review Comments When First Released:

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Variety

Bosley Crowther, New York Times

Time magazine

Review Comments Contemporary:

Pauline Kale

James Berardinelli, Reelviews.com

Jeffrey M. Anderson, combustiblecelluloid.com
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