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To Kill a Mockingbird

1962 (Robert Mulligan) 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.

Terry Burrell