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To Kill A Mockingbird

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Celebrate Father’s Day with one of film (and literary) history’s greatest dads, Atticus Finch, played by Gregory Peck in an Oscar-winning performance!
Directed by Robert Mulligan and scripted by Horton Foote, this emotionally-stirring adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning, semi-autobiographical novel, was lauded by viewers and critics alike. The poignant story has become an iconic part of American culture, telling an enduring, ever-relevant tale of racism, integrity and the fight for justice against overwhelming odds. Gregory Peck is Depression-era lawyer Atticus Finch, defending a falsely-accused African-American client (Brock Peters) in a racist small Southern town. Finch’s young children, Jem (Philip Alford) and Scout (Mary Badham), learn much about their town’s fears and prejudices through the proceedings in the courtroom, and much about their own fears and prejudices through their curious encounters with their mysterious neighbor, Boo Radley (Robert Duvall, in his screen debut). Mulligan elicits stellar performances from his actors, “achieving a bewitching indication of the excitement and thrill of being a child” (New York Times). Peck, in perhaps the best role of his legendary career, won the Academy Award for Best Actor, and the film also received Oscars for Art Direction and Adapted Screenplay. (Dir. by Robert Mulligan, 1962, USA, 129 mins., Not Rated)

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