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Reel Reviews – To Kill A Mockingbird

Reel Review #16: This is terrific movie that should be a “must see” for everyone. Gregory Peck puts in a career highlight performance as Atticus Finch, the small town attorney who is defending a black man accused of raping a white woman in the depression era South. Not only did Peck take home the Oscar for his performance, but also Atticus Finch is rated as the number 1 movie hero in American film by AFI. Get ready, it is time for a classic: To Kill a Mockingbird.

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4 Responses to “Reel Reviews – To Kill A Mockingbird”


  1. Gravatar Icon 1 Chris L Dec 17th, 2004 at 1:59 pm

    Nice review. A few points that always come to mind when I watch this great movie: Dill is supposedly based largely on Truman Capote, a childhood friend of Harper Lee. How spooky the nighttime scenes are, and how well shot for being a black and white move. The rather strange way the movie ends: Tom is not only unjustly convicted, but quite possibly shot without ever trying to escape (a story that Atticus can’t possibly have believed even if Scout did, not to mention the complete implausibility of old Ewell coming to Tom Robinson’s house after he’s been killed) and then the audience is meant to feel uplifted because Boo radley has come out of the house and won’t be tried (rightfully) for his crime. Rather strange, I still think, though I love the movie!

  2. Gravatar Icon 2 Michael Dec 17th, 2004 at 2:57 pm

    Chris – thanks for pointing out the Truman Capote connection. The points you bring up about Tom, Boo and Jem are the reason it is such a great book (and movie) for discussion groups. You’ll notice I tried to dance around these issues so as not to ruin the experience for people that don’t know how the story unfolds. In fact, I almost pulled out the part about the very end because I was worried I might have revealed too much. Since it was more of a misdirect as to whom might have been responsible I decided it was OK to leave it in. Besides, without it my comments about trust and the community might not have made much sense.

  3. Gravatar Icon 3 Eddie Dec 17th, 2004 at 10:33 pm

    Hi Michael,

    I know my question will seem to be out of place in your beautiful movie review place because it’s regarding your blog header.

    I saw your comment on the support forum under flickr (Kubrick) and i was almost there with my Navigation bar below the header. You can see that here (http://eddie-lee.com/blog). I need to shift it higher just like yours.

    I’ve tried your suggestion on setting the margin to -40 under the #navlist.
    This is what my code looks like under the CSS.

    #navlist li{
    display: inline;
    list-style-type: none;
    text-align: center;
    margin-left: -40px;
    }

    I would greatly appreciate any advise/help that you would offer me. Maybe if you don’t mind, what’s the code included in your #navlist?

  4. Gravatar Icon 4 drew Dec 21st, 2004 at 9:15 am

    great review as always…
    in school, i’ll bet your book reports kicked ass!

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