Faithful adaptation of powerful Harper Lee novel, both an evocative portrayal of childhood innocence and a denunciation of bigotry. Peck's performance as southern lawyer Atticus Finch defending black Tom Robinson (Peters), who's accused of raping a white woman, is flawless. Duvall debuted as the dim-witted Boo Radley. Lee based her characterization of "Dill," the Finch children's "goin' on seven" friend, on Truman Capote, her own childhood friend.
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Running time 129 minutes.
Oscars 1962: Actor (Peck), Adapt. Screenplay, Art Dir./Set Dec., B&W; AFI 1998: Top 100; Golden Globes 1963: Actor--Drama (Peck), Score, Natl. Film Reg. 1995.
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