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Title:
To kill a mockingbird
Uniform Title:
To kill a mockingbird (Motion picture : 1962)
ISBN:
9781417053681
Edition:
Special ed.
Publication Information:
Universal City, CA : Universal, [2005].
Physical Description:
2 videodiscs (130 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:
Originally released as a motion picture in 1962.

Based on the Pulitzer Prize winning novel written by Harper Lee.
Contents:
Disc 1: The film ; Bonus features: Academy Award best actor acceptance speech; American Film Institute Life Achievement Award; excerpt from Academy Tribute to Gregory Peck; Scout remembers; feature commentary with director Robert Mulligan and producer Alan Pakula; theatrical trailer; production notes. -- Disc 2: A conversation with Gregory Peck / film by Cecilia Peck [et al.] ; produced & directed by Barbara Kopple (1999 ; 97 min.) ; Fearful symmetry: the making of To kill a mockingbird / a film by Charles Kiselyak. (1998 ; 90 min.)
Added Title:
Conversation with Gregory Peck.

Fearful symmetry.
Summary:
Gregory Peck plays a southern lawyer who defends a black man accused of rape in this film version of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. The way in which it captures a time, a place, and above all, a mood, makes this film a masterpiece.
System Details:
DVD, region 1, widescreen presentation; Dolby Digital.
Language Note:
English or French dialogue, English, French or Spanish subtitles; closed-captioned.
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Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning autobiographical novel was translated to film in 1962 by Horton Foote and the producer/director team of Robert Mulligan and Alan J. Pakula. Set a small Alabama town in the 1930s, the story focuses on scrupulously honest, highly respected lawyer Atticus Finch, magnificently embodied by Gregory Peck. Finch puts his career on the line when he agrees to represent Tom Robinson (Brock Peters), a black man accused of rape. The trial and the events surrounding it are seen through the eyes of Finch's six-year-old daughter Scout (Mary Badham). While Robinson's trial gives the film its momentum, there are plenty of anecdotal occurrences before and after the court date: Scout's ever-strengthening bond with older brother Jem (Philip Alford), her friendship with precocious young Dill Harris (a character based on Lee's childhood chum Truman Capote and played by John Megna), her father's no-nonsense reactions to such life-and-death crises as a rampaging mad dog, and especially Scout's reactions to, and relationship with, Boo Radley (Robert Duvall in his movie debut), the reclusive "village idiot" who turns out to be her salvation when she is attacked by a venomous bigot. To Kill a Mockingbird won Academy Awards for Best Actor (Peck), Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Art Direction. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


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Library Journal Review

Harper Lee's novel remains a staple of high school reading; the film should be required viewing as well. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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