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To Kill a Mockingbird Opens in Theaters

To Kill a Mockingbird Opens in Theaters

1962 – To Kill a Mockingbird Opens in Theaters

To Kill a Mockingbird, a major motion picture film based on the1960 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Harper opened in theaters on this day in 1962. The story takes place in the Great Depression era fictional southern town of  of Maycomb, Alabama. It starred Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch, a small town country lawyer assigned to defend Tom Robinson, a black man accused of raping a young white woman, Mayella Ewell. Robinson was portrayed by Tony nominated actor Brock Peters. The film is seen through the eyes of Atticus’ young daughter Scout, an reflects her innocence in a world of racism, allowing the viewer to have compassion for Robinson’s character and to feel the bitter hatred directed towards him. The movie is noted in history as having been one of the early films focused on the plight of Blacks living in the Jim Crow south as it took aim on the injustices faced by Robinson and his family. It also prompted a whole nation of children to want to become lawyers in order to fight the good fight, as Atticus had.