After settling his differences with a Japanese P.O.W. camp commander, a British colonel co-operates to oversee his men's construction of a railway bridge for their captors, while oblivious to a plan by the Allies to destroy it.
Small-town Alabama, 1932. Atticus Finch (played by Gregory Peck) is a lawyer and a widower. He has two young children, Jem and Scout. Atticus Finch is currently defending Tom Robinson, a black man accused of raping a white woman. Meanwhile, Jem and Scout are intrigued by their neighbours, the Radleys, and the mysterious, seldom-seen Boo Radley in particular.Written by
Robert Duvall stayed out of the sun for six weeks and dyed his hair blonde for the role of Arthur "Boo" Radley, who, according to the story, spent much of his life as a recluse. The character of Radley is based in part on Harper Lee's recollection of Alfred "Son" Bouleware, who lived with his parents in a dilapidated, mostly boarded-up house just a few doors away from the Lee house. His father kept him confined to the house after young Alfred was involved in an incident of vandalism. Described in the book and in the movie as leaving the house only at night, because the sun hurt his eyes, this might suggest that Boo Radley suffered from Albinism (lack of pigment in the skin, in the hair and in the irises of the eyes). See more »
In the long shot when we see Jem discover the spelling medal left in the old tree it's sitting in the lower right hand side of the knothole (at 0:50:11), but in the close-ups it's sitting in the middle of the opening (at 0:50:23). See more »
Good Afternoon Miss Dubose... My, you look like a picture this afternoon.
[hiding behind Atticus whispering to Jem and Dill]
He don't say a picture of what.
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The title is revealed in a child's crayon rubbing. See more »
I'm surprised that there aren't more comments on Peck's amazing depiction of Atticus Finch, the father. In this era of absent fathers, preoccupied fathers, abusive fathers, immature fathers, etc, etc, Peck's Finch gives us all a soothing view of the best of fatherhood. Where else do we get to watch a man sit up with his ill child, stand firm in his convictions, show patience and gentleness with his children, demonstrate an appropriate level of humility, communicate righteous values to his children, and give his children a picture of integrity to emulate. Every time I view this film I wonder how Peck was able to pull this off. Every time I view this film, it gives me hope for the future of fatherhood.
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