To Kill a Mocking Bird

Harper Lee’s Pulitzer prize-winning classic story is about racial intolerance in the Deep South and the decent honesty of Atticus Finch (Peck). It is a childhood memory of a long hot summer and two children get into scrapes and dare each other to scary deeds. In the process they are guided and comforted by Atticus who explains the world to them as they start to grow up. The story of a black man accused of rape and the courtroom drama punctuate the story. Peck won an Oscar for Best Actor, there was an Oscar for Best Writing Adaptation, Bernstein won a Golden Globe for the film score, and many other awards.