To Kill A Mockingbird details
|Formats:||12 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Rose, Gregory Peck, Mary Badham, Philip Alford, Brock Peters, Robert Duvall, John Megna, William Windom, Paul Fix, Alice Ghostley, Rosemary Murphy|
|Studio:||UNIVERSAL PICTURES UK|
|Collections:||American Film Institute's top 100, Book Adaptations|
To Kill A Mockingbird
|Run time:||4 hours 6 minutes|
|Rental release:||03 Jul 2006|
|Dubbed:||German, French, Spanish, Italian|
|Subtitles:||Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish, Turkish|
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A total pleasure.....By Hurdlemagurdle (79 reviews) from Scotland , 22 Jul 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]When you have a beautifully written and intelligent book which is turned into a beautifully presented and intelligent film you just can't ask for more. Everything about this film is class : the acting, script, set, direction, score .... just everything. A special mention must be made of Gregory Peck who deservedly won an oscar, and the two children who were superb.
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To kill a mockingbirdBy Miriam from Ealing, London , 12 Jun 2011A wonderful film and story. It's not surprising it won several Oscars.
Read the book first!By a customer , 05 Jun 2011As somebody who likes it when films are truly faithful to the original book or play, I have to say that I was a bit disappointed upon viewing this film. There were many moments where I found myself frowning and thinking 'that wasn't in the book!' or 'where's that part gone?'. Undoubtedly, Gregory Peck playing Atticus Finch is a beautiful thing to watch, but whoever cast Dill really needed their head checked - in the book, he is described as a handsome little boy, and instead they cast... well, he wasn't exactly a 'looker', poor kid... I also found the portrayal of Scout incredibly annoying, which I didn't feel when I read the book.
Overall, I would say that the book provides a more enjoyable and emotion-evoking experience than the film. I'd definitely suggest reading it prior to viewing this.
Deserves it's status as a classicBy Donna181 (38 reviews) from Derbyshire , 05 Jun 2011
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideThe film is set in the fictional town of Maycomb, Alabama during the 1930s, and the story centres on the two young children of Atticus Finch, the towns lawyer. Jean Louise and Jeremy, known as Scout and Jem, grow up in a house with their father and their housekeeper, Cal.
At the start of the film, we see the children living a rather idyllic life, playing games, climbing trees, daring each other to taunt their neighbour, the local bogeyman, Arthur Boo Radley. Their father tries his best, as a lone parent, to teach them the difference between right and wrong, why its best not to get into fights, and to think for themselves.
Atticus is called to defend Tom Robinson, a black man accused of raping a white woman, Mayella Ewell, and through their fathers work on the case, the children are exposed to the racism in their home town. Not everyone is happy that Atticus is defending Tom.
Jem and Scout watch the trial and, having heard the evidence, are sure that the jury will find Tom innocent, as that is the only possible verdict a right-thinking person could come to. Tom, however, is more realistic and knows that life is never going to be that fair for him and so tries to escape from jail.
After the trial is over, some people in the town still feel Atticus was wrong to defend a black man. On their way home from a Halloween pageant, Jem and Scout are attacked in the woods. Jem is knocked unconscious and his assailant is then attacked by an unknown person, who carries Jem home to safety. Scout is dressed as a ham and cannot see who attacked them or who helped them but, once free of her costume, runs home to tell her father what happened. The local sheriff is called and finds Bob Ewell, Mayellas father, dead in the woods, having been stabbed. The man who saved the children that night turns out to be Arthur Radley and hes found hiding in the house. The sheriff realises that Arthur must have stabbed Bob Ewell.
Atticuss instinct is to inform the authorities but the sheriff stands firm. He knows Arthur would suffer in prison because of his mental state and believes that, in a roundabout way, justice has been done.
I read the book just prior to watching the film and, though a few characters are missing from the film, I dont think it suffers as a result. Its a beautifully made film with wonderful performances all round, especially from the two child leads. Gregory Peck is outstanding Atticus Finch must have been the role he way born to play.
The story is dark and sad, but there are lighter moments, especially from the head-strong Scout and her preference for tomboy games and utter distain for girly dresses.
What can I say? It may not be a perfect film but its a cracker, and everyone should see it at least once.
To Kill a Mocking BirdBy Treblig (2 reviews) from St. Albans. England. , 30 Apr 2011This is an excelent film. Whilst an adaptation of the original book it does 'stand alone' in telling a credible story. Seen through the eyes of a child you see the growing change in social awareness during the 1930s in the mid south of the USA. As ever, Gregory Peck is superb as the quiet man who can actually do things. The Elmer Brenstein score is key to the changing atmospheres throughout the film.
Possibly the film is a little too long but what to cut and why anyway?
Needs a Remake!By a customer from Glossop , 28 Feb 2011I disagree with the main synopsis of the film which say its 'a faithful adaptation'. Having just re-read the book, I was very much aware of what was missing from the film, and how much less of a film it was because of that. The novel is about racial prejudice, class prejudice and gender stereotyping and also provides a snapshot into the strangeness of life in small town America, which emphasises both how unique the Finch family are, and the unconscious prejudices they perpetuate. I don't think this comes through at all in the film. Also, the ending is the absolute anti-thesis of the novel and undermines the fundamental principle about justice. I would love to see a remake which brought together all that has been missed and gave a real feeling of the hot, sultry, dusty backdrop to the events.