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To Kill a Mockingbird Details

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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

  • Release date:December 25, 1962

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Horton Foote Best Adapted Screenplay 1962 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Oliver Emert Best Black and White Art Direction 1962 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Henry Bumstead Best Black and White Art Direction 1962 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Gregory Peck Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama 1962 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Gregory Peck Best Actor 1962 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Mary Badham Best Supporting Actress 1962 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Russell Harlan Best Black and White Cinematography 1962 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Elmer Bernstein Best Original Score 1962 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Elmer Bernstein Best Original Score 1962 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Alexander Golitzen Best Black and White Art Direction 1962 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Alan J. Pakula Best Picture 1962 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Robert Mulligan Best Director 1962 Nominee
Directors Guild of America Robert Mulligan Best Director 1962 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Robert Mulligan Best Director 1962 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Robert Mulligan Best Film - Any Source 1963 Nominee

Cast

Gregory Peck
as Atticus Finch
Mary Badham
as Jean Louise "Scout" Finch
Philip Alford
as Jem Finch
Paul Fix
as Judge Taylor
Brock Peters
as Tom Robinson
Frank Overton
as Sheriff Heck Tate
Rosemary Murphy
as Miss Maudie Atkinson
Robert Duvall
as Boo Radley
Alice Ghostley
as Stephanie Crawford
William Windom
as Gilmer
Richard Hale
as Mr. Radley
Tex Armstrong
as Man
Jester Hairston
as Spence Robinson
Paulene Myers
as Jessie
Hugh Sanders
as Dr. Reynolds
Kelly Thordsen
as Burly Man
Dan White
Guy Wilkerson
as Jury Foreman
Steve Condit
as Walter Cunningham
Bill Walker
as Rev. Sykes
Paulene Myers
as Jessie
Steve Condit
as Walter Cunningham
Tex Armstrong
as Man
Bill Walker
as Rev. Sykes
Jester Hairston
as Spence Robinson
Hugh Sanders
as Dr. Reynolds
Guy Wilkerson
as Jury Foreman
Kelly Thordsen
as Burly Man

Crew

Robert Mulligan
Director
Alan J. Pakula
Producer
Horton Foote
Screenwriter
Harper Lee
Book Author
Russell Harlan
Cinematographer
Elmer Bernstein
Musical Direction/Supervision
Elmer Bernstein
Composer (Music Score)
Aaron Stell
Editor
Henry Bumstead
Production Designer
Alexander Golitzen
Art Director
Oliver Emert
Set Designer
Rosemary Odell
Costume Designer
Bud Westmore
Makeup
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