Harper Lee's great story of a Southern lawyer's children facing hatred when their father defends a black man accused of rape. Oscar-winning performance by Peck!
Director Sydney Pollack introduces To Kill A Mockingbird (1962) for TCM's The Essentials.
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) speaks with TCM host Ben Mankiewicz before a showing of To Kill A Mockingbird (1962).
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) speaks with TCM host Ben Mankiewicz after a showing of To Kill A Mockingbird (1962).
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Gregory Peck won an Oscar for his brilliant portrayal of a Southern lawyer who compassionately defends a black man accused of rape in this film version of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.
A bittersweet and idyllic story about a year in the life of a 14-year-old boy, born into a poor black family in Kansas during the 1920s, who learns about hate and love, immorality and honor. Based on the true life story of its director, the great Gordon Parks, Emmy-winning director of "Shaft," "Superfly" and TV's "Martin," who earlier gained prominence as a Life Magazine photojournalist and as founder of Essence Magazine. This "brilliantly photographed" (Leonard Maltin) tale was honored in 1989 as an American classic by the Library of Congress National Film Registry.
Newt, a black teenager living in 1920s Kansas, meets the many racial prejudices blacks face with great composure. When he witnesses a murder, he must decide whether to come forward and risk inflaming tensions between blacks and whites in his town.
Gregory Peck won an Oscar® for his brilliant performance as the Southern lawyer who defends a black man accused of rape in this film version of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. The way in which it captures a time, a place, and above all, a mood, makes this film a masterpiece. The setting is a dusty Southern town during the Depression. A white woman accuses a black man of rape. Though he is obviously innocent, the outcome of his trial is such a foregone conclusion that no lawyer will step forward to defend him – except Peck, the town's most distinguished citizen. His compassionate defense costs him many friendships but earns him the respect and admiration of his two motherless children.
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