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To kill a mockingbird
Mulligan, Robert, 1925-2008.
[DVD version].
Publication Information:
Universal City, CA : Universal, [1998]

Physical Description:
1 videodisc (130 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
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 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.
General Note:
Collector's ed.

Originally released as a motion picture in 1962.

For specific features see interactive menu.

Based on the novel by Harper Lee.

Reading Level:
Closed-captioned for the hearing impaired.
Added Corporate Author:
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Clearfield Library DVD 354 Adult DVD Open Shelf
East Aurora Library DVD 354 Adult DVD Audio Visual
Dudley Branch Library DVD 354 Adult DVD Audio Visual
Kenmore Library DVD 354 Adult DVD Audio Visual
Alden Ewell Free Library DVD 354 Adult DVD Audio Visual
Eggertsville-Snyder Library DVD 354 Adult DVD Open Shelf
Williamsville Library DVD 354 Adult DVD Classics

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Peck, as a widowed attorney raising two children in the 1930's South, accepts the significant challenge of defending a black man wrongly accused of rape in their racially divided small town. Includes extra footage.


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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Library Journal Review

Harper Lee's novel remains a staple of high school reading; the film should be required viewing as well. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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