To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

mockinbirdDirector: Robert Mulligan

Writer: Horton Foote (Screenplay) Harper Lee (Novel)

Starring: Gregory Peck, John Megna, Frank Overton, Rosemary Murphy, Ruth White, Brock Peters, Estelle Evans, Paul Fix, Mary Bedham, Phillip Alford, Robert Duvall


Plot: Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his kids against prejudice.


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: One of the Greatest


Story: To Kill a Mockingbird starts as we meet single father Atticus Finch (Peck) who is raising his two young children Scout (Badham) and Jem (Alford) through depression-era America. Atticus is a lawyer who has been keeping his practice going but get an invite to defend black man Tom Robinson (Peters) against a rape charge.

As Atticus takes on this racial case his children learn about all the different racial prejudices going on in the world and just how dangerous the world can be when they get targeted by the racists of the world. With the case unfolding we clearly see how the town has already made their decision on whether Tom is guilty or not but Atticus uses his skills to prove the whole town wrong but can that overcrowd the prejudice ways.

To Kill a Mockingbird is one of the most iconic films ever made from one of the most famous books ever written. This is all clear through this film as we get to see the racial tension and discrimination America once gave towards black citizens. We also get to see the side effects of supporting a man that the rest of the town are against. This really is the classic it has been branded for years with a lot of the story being told through the eyes of the children which is something we have not seen since as we usually only follow the lawyers point of view.


Overall: The classic everyone knows it is.