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To Kill A Mockingbird

Not Yet Rated In Theaters 12/25/1962 , 129min.
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Plot & Details

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.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1962 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Score Elmer Bernstein Nominated
1962 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actress Mary Badham Nominated
1962 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actor Gregory Peck Won
1962 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Black and White Art Direction Alexander Golitzen Won
1962 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Alan J. Pakula Nominated
1962 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Black and White Art Direction Oliver Emert Won
1962 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Black and White Cinematography Russell Harlan Nominated
1962 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Director Robert Mulligan Nominated
1962 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Adapted Screenplay Horton Foote Won
1962 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Black and White Art Direction Henry Bumstead Won

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1963 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Film - Any Source Robert Mulligan Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1962 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama Gregory Peck Won
1962 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Director Robert Mulligan Nominated
1962 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Original Score Elmer Bernstein Won
1962 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Picture - Drama Nominated
1962 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Motion Picture Promoting International Understanding Won

American Film Institute

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1998 American Film Institute 100 Greatest American Movies Won

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1963 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Film - Any Source Robert Mulligan Nominated

Cannes Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1963 Cannes Film Festival Gary Cooper Award Won

Directors Guild of America

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1962 Directors Guild of America Best Director Robert Mulligan Nominated

Library of Congress

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1994 Library of Congress U.S. National Film Registry Won

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