The grown up Scout, narrates her retrospective story of one life changing summer, as seen through her eyes, as a six-year-old tomboy. Scout (Mary Badham), her brother Jem, and their summer time friend, Dill, spend their days gallivanting through town, playing with tires as toys, telling exaggerated stories, and challenging each other to approach the dilapidated and gloomy house of the neighborhood “bogeyman”, a recluse named Boo Radley (Robert Duval), who was rumored to be a vicious and scary creature. The focus on Boo is quickly overshadowed when Scouts widowed Father, lawyer Atticus Finch (Gregory Peck), takes the insurmountable case, of a black man accused of raping a white woman. In a time before desegregation was even a thought, black
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As he sits in his business suit, reading a book under the light of a living room lamp propped next to him, an angry mob approaches, demanding him to allow them access to the accused. In his mild mannered fashion Atticus tells the crowed that they do not want to do this and to go home. The mob continues to angrily pursue entrance to hang the man. Peering behind the bushes, watching the crowd were Scout, Jem and Dill. As the children emerge onto the porch, Atticus demands that they leave, a brave Jem refuses. Suddenly Scout notices a familiar face in the crowd and with the purity of a child begins to speak to him. Asking about his family and giving her regards, with these simple words the situation is deescalated and the crowd departs. This depiction is a culmination of a young Scout practicing her father’s teachings, learning to use her words as opposed to her fist.
While, the movie has some unbelievable, too good to be true aspects, it is counteracted by its appropriate portrayal of a sometimes, unjust world. As the children watch the trial unfold, from their seats in the Negro balcony, they see their father undoubtedly prove the lack of evidence, and even the innocence of the accused. Although evident to all that the supposed victim, Mayella lied about the attack to cover up her attraction to a black man, and that the