To Kill A Mockingbird The Movie Essay

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The movie "To Kill A Mockingbird" is based on the novel by Harper Lee. The movie was directed by Robert Mulligan and produced by Alan J. Pakula. The main characters were Gregory Peck (Atticus Finch), Phillip Alford (Jem), Mary Badham (Scout), John Megna (Dill), Brock Peters (Tom Robinson), Collin Wilcox (Mayella Ewell) and Robert Duvall as "Boo" Radley.The film begins with Scout, as an adult, looking back and narrating the events that took place in a small Georgia town in 1932 when she was only six years old. Atticus Finch, a lawyer and a widower is raising his son Jem, age nine, and his daughter Scout, age six, in the peaceful, quiet little Southern town. The narrator informs us that nothing exciting ever happens there. The main story is that of a black man, Tom Robinson, falsely accused of raping Mayella Ewell, a white woman and Finch being appointed by the town judge to defend Tom Robinson. There is a sub plot surrounding a mentally handicapped man, "Boo" Radley, and the fear people have of him. That fear, like the guilt of the black man, is unfounded and caused by ignorance. Disruption continues to build throughout the movie as the townspeople turn on Finch and his defense of Tom. Although the evidence is overwhelmingly in Tom's favor, at his trial he is still found guilty and subsequently shot and killed in an attempt to escape. Just when it looks as if things are about to return to some sense of normalnace, more disruption occurs when Bob Ewell, the father of the girl who accused Tom, attacks Scout and Jem as they return home through the woods one night, beating Jem to the point of unconsciousness, and the balance is finally restored when the mysterious mentally ill neighbor, Boo Radley rescues the children from Ewell and Ewell is killed in the process. Instead of prosecuting Boo, the Sheriff decides that the town has is better off to rid the evil Ewell, and that Ewell's fate is just for the way he was ultimately responsible for the death of the innocent black man, and covers up the murder by saying that Ewell fell on his own knife. Jem recovers and the movie ends with the family reunited safely with a new acceptance of their strange neighbor, Boo. The scene I chose for discussion comes at the end of the courtroom proceedings of the trial of Tom Robinson. Finch has just presented his dignified, convincing closing argument, a powerful reflection against the ignorance of stereotyping the "Negro" man. The jury has deliberated and returned with the guilty verdict. Tom has just been led from the courtroom in handcuffs and all of the white people on the lower floor except for the court reporter and the bailiff have left the room. The lighting is dim, suggestive of the gloom surrounding the guilty verdict. The camera cuts then to a slightly up-angled long shot of the right side of the balcony, all of the black people still seated. Two women stand and then others gradually rise by ones and twos. All are looking...

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