29 July 2013

Day 29: A Film That You Will Never Tire Of

Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch and Mary Badham as Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird

Day 29 of the 31 Day Film Challenge: A film that you will never tire of.

There's a select group of films that I routinely watch a couple of times a year. Many of them are screwball comedies and Hitchcock films (surprise, surprise) but one is Robert Mulligan's To Kill a Mockingbird (1962). 

To Kill a Mockingbird is a film that I love as much as the book. Harper Lee's story of racial injustice in the South as observed by a young girl is a classic American story that translates beautifully to the screen. Gregory Peck is brilliant as Atticus Finch, an attorney and widower father of two with a strong sense of right and wrong, and Mary Badham and Phillip Alford are great as his two children, Scout and Jem. The film has humorous scenes, quiet moments of reflection, a trial that makes your blood boil, dramatic passages that never fail to be moving, and a terrific score. And then there's the brief appearance of Robert Duvall as Boo Radley in a scene that always makes me tear up a little. To Kill a Mockingbird, I will never get tired of you.

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