PG, 130 minutes
Gregory Peck, Mary Badham, Brock Peters, Robert Duvall, Phillip Alford
Gregory Peck stars as Atticus Finch in one of the most popular book-to-film translations of all time. Truman Capote’s boyhood buddy Harper Lee published no other novels, but To Kill A Mockingbird proved enough for a literary career. A best-seller and Pulitzer Prize winner in 1960, it became a high school curriculum mainstay, read by generations of students. It sketches the story of Peck’s Atticus Finch, a lawyer and crusader for justice, who is raising his two children in Depression-era Alabama, where poverty and racial intolerance are dominant motifs. A must see, if only for Robert Duvall’s first film appearance as the haunting Boo Radley. See if you can identify the character apparently patterned on the real life Capote.