A fable of childhood. A parable about courage and fairness in the face of bigotry. A riveting courtroom drama. Robert Mulligan’s 1962 classic To Kill A Mockingbird is coming to the Frida Cinema.
Adapted from Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, set in 1930s Alabama, and seen through the eyes of six year old Scout Finch (Mary Badham), To Kill A Mockingbird focuses on a trial in the small town of Maycomb. Scout’s father, principled lawyer Atticus Finch (Gregory Peck, who won an Oscar for his performance) has agreed to take on the defense of a black man, Tom Robinson (Brock Peters) falsely accused of raping a white woman. As the trial proceeds and tensions in the town rise, Scout and her older brother Jem, along with their friend Dill, spend their days playing games and spying on their neighbor, the reclusive Boo Radley (Robert Duvall, in his screen debut). But even Atticus cannot protect his children from the dangers of the world forever. . . .
To Kill A Mockingbird was nominated for eight Academy Awards, and won three: Best Actor (Gregory Peck), Best Adapted Screenplay (Horton Foote), and Best Art Direction, Black-and White (Alexander Golitzen, Henry Bumstead, and Oliver Emert).
“Harper Lee’s child’s-eye view of Southern bigotry gains something in its translation to the screen by Robert Mulligan, who knows exactly where to place the camera to catch a child’s subjective experience.” – Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
“With the Tom Robinson plot intertwining with Scout and Jem’s education in the ugly flaws of a world they’re only beginning to comprehend, today the film offers an extra accumulated layer of ‘meaning.'” – Mark Bourne, DVDJournal.com
“To Kill a Mockingbird is a time capsule, preserving hopes and sentiments from a kinder, gentler, more naive America.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times