To Kill a Mockingbird (film)
1962 film by Robert Mulligan
- Directed by Robert Mulligan. Written by Horton Foote, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Harper Lee.
- Maycomb was a tired old town, even in 1932 when I first knew it. Somehow it was hotter then. Men's stiff collars wilted by nine in the morning. Ladies bathed before noon, after their three o'clock naps, and by nightfall were like soft teacakes with frosting from sweating and sweet talcum. The day was twenty-four hours long, but it seemed longer. There's no hurry, for there's nowhere to go and nothing to buy... and no money to buy it with. Although Maycomb County had recently been told that it had nothing to fear but fear itself... that summer, I was six years old.
- There just didn't seem to be anyone or anything Atticus couldn't explain. Though it wasn't a talent that would arouse the admiration of any of our friends, Jem and I had to admit he was very good at that, but that was all he was good at...we thought.
- Neighbors bring food with death... and flowers with sickness... and little things in between. Boo was our neighbor. He gave us two soap dolls, a broken watch and chain, a knife... and our lives. One time Atticus said... you never really knew a man until you stood in his shoes and walked around in them. Just standing on the Radley porch was enough. The summer that had begun so long ago had ended, and another summer had taken its place. And a fall. And Boo Radley had come out. I was to think of these days many times, of Jem and Dill... and Boo Radley and Tom Robinson. And Atticus. He would be in Jem's room all night, and he would be there when Jem waked up in the morning.
- Atticus: Good afternoon, Miss Dubose... My, you look like a picture this afternoon.
- Scout: [hiding behind Atticus whispering to Jem and Dill] He don't say a picture of what.
- Atticus: Do you know what a compromise is?
- Scout: Bendin' the law?
- Atticus: Uh, no. It's an agreement reached by mutual consent. Now, here's the way it works. You concede the necessity of goin' to school, we'll keep right on readin' the same every night, just as we always have. Is that a bargain?
- Atticus: I remember when my daddy gave me that gun. He told me that I should never point it at anything in the house, and that he'd rather I'd shoot at tin cans in the backyard. But he said that sooner or later he supposed the temptation to go after birds would be too much, and that I could shoot all the blue jays I wanted, if I could hit 'em, but to remember it was a sin to kill a mockingbird.
- Jem: Why?
- Atticus: Well, I reckon because mockingbirds don't do anything but make music for us to enjoy. They don't eat people's gardens, don't nest in the corncribs. They don't do one thing but just sing their hearts out for us.
- Scout: Atticus, do you defend niggers?
- Atticus: Don't say "nigger," Scout.
- Scout: I didn't say it... Cecil Jacobs did. That's why I had to fight him.
- Atticus: Scout, I don't want you fightin'!
- Scout: I had to, Atticus, he kills chickens
- Atticus: I don't care what the reasons are. I forbid you to fight. There are some things that you're not old enough to understand just yet. There's been some high talk around town to the effect that I shouldn't do much about defending this man.
- Scout: If you shouldn't be defending him, then why are you doing it?
- Atticus: For a number of reasons. The main one is that if I didn't, I couldn't hold my head up in town. I couldn't even tell you or Jem not to do somethin' again. You're gonna hear some ugly talk about this in school. But I want you to promise me one thing... that you won't get into fights over it, no matter what they say to you.
- Atticus: I must be losing my memory. I can't remember whether Jem is twelve or thirteen. Anyway, it'll have to come before the county court. Of course, it's a clear-cut case of self defense. I'll ahh, well I'll run down to the office...
- Sheriff Heck Tate: Mr. Finch, do you think Jem stabbed Bob Ewell? Is that what you think? Your boy never killed anyone.
- [Atticus and Sheriff Tate look at Boo]
- Sheriff Heck Tate: Bob Ewell fell on his knife — he killed himself. There's a black man dead for no reason; now the man responsible for it is dead. Let the dead bury the dead this time, Mr. Finch. I never heard tell it was against the law for any citizen to do his utmost to prevent a crime from being committed, which is exactly what he did. But maybe you'll tell me it's my duty to tell the town all about it and not to hush it up? Well, you know what'll happen then? All the ladies in Maycomb, including my wife, will be knocking on his door bringing angel food cakes. To my way of thinking, taking the one man who's done you and this town a big service and dragging him with his shy ways into the limelight — to me that's a sin... it's a sin. And I'm not about to have it on my head. I may not be much, Mr. Finch, but I'm still Sheriff of Maycomb County, and Bob Ewell fell on his knife. Good night, sir.
- (Atticus, having just heard Tom declared guilty, is silently preparing to leave the courtroom. The African-American population, along with Scout, who is sitting on the ground, observe him from their cordoned-off balcony as he goes.)
- Reverend Sykes: Miss Jean Louise?...
- (Scout looks up at him)
- Reverend Sykes: Miss Jean Louise, stand up.
- (His voice breaking with emotion)
- Reverend Sykes: Your father's passin'.
- (She stands and watches as Atticus leaves the court)
- The most beloved and widely read Pulitzer Prize Winner now comes vividly alive on the screen!
- If you have read the novel, you will relive every treasured moment. . .If not, a deeply moving experience awaits you
- Gregory Peck - Atticus Finch
- Mary Badham - Jean Louise 'Scout' Finch
- Phillip Alford - Jeremy 'Jem' Finch
- Robert Duvall - Arthur 'Boo' Radley
- John Megna - Charles Baker 'Dill' Harris
- Frank Overton - Sheriff Heck Tate
- Rosemary Murphy - Maudie Atkinson
- Ruth White - Mrs. Dubose
- Brock Peters - Tom Robinson
- Estelle Evans - Calpurnia
- Alice Ghostley - Aunt Stephanie Crawford
- Paul Fix - Judge Taylor
- Collin Wilcox Paxton - Mayella Violet Ewell
- James Anderson - Robert E. Lee 'Bob' Ewell
- William Windom - Mr. Gilmer, Prosecutor
- Kim Stanley - Narrator (Scout as an adult)