Wednesday, July 15th at 1:30 p.m. - To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) Starring Gregory Peck, Mary Badham, Phillip Alford, John Megna, Frank Overton, and Rosemary Murphy; NR; 129 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.
Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning autobiographical novel was translated to film in 1962. Set in 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, 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), the reclusive "village idiot" who turns out to be her salvation when she is attacked by a venomous bigot.