Greatest Film Scenes
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To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)


Written by Tim Dirks

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Movie Title/Year and Scene Descriptions

To Kill A Mockingbird (1962)

In director Robert Mulligan's great film adaptation (by Horton Foote) of Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel:

  • the opening credits sequence of a child's toy box and flashbacked memories to 1930s Alabama
  • the porch scene in which lawyer-father Atticus Finch (Oscar-winning Gregory Peck) listened to his kids talking about their dead mother
  • Atticus' killing of a rabid dog on the street
  • his heroic defense in a hot courtroom trial of a black man (Brock Peters) wrongly accused of the rape of a white woman
  • the scene of the blacks in the balcony of the courtroom standing to respectfully honor the defeated lawyer with Rev. Sykes' (William Walker) words to Finch's six year-old daughter Scout (Mary Badham): "Miss Jean Louise, stand up, your father's passin"
  • tomboy Scout's and ten year-old Jem's (Phillip Alford) scary walk home from a school pageant into the woods - and the vicious attack upon them
  • and Scout's discovery of demonized neighbor Mr. Arthur "Boo" Radley (Robert Duvall in his film debut) behind their bedroom door ("Hey, Boo") and the taking of her guardian angel's hand


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