AFI Movie Club: TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD – American Film Institute



TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD is a beloved film that appears on five of AFI’s lists of the greatest American films – and Gregory Peck’s iconic character, Atticus Finch, was named the greatest screen hero of all time by the American Film Institute. Gregory Peck himself was ranked #12 on AFI’s list of the greatest screen legends of all time – and he was also AFI’s founding Chairman!


Movie Trivia about TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

-DID YOU KNOW that the movie is based on a beloved book by Harper Lee, which appears regularly on lists of the greatest American novels?

-DID YOU KNOW the film’s Scout – Mary Badham – was chosen from hundreds of children in a talent search of the American South? Badham had no prior onscreen acting experience and was nominated for the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for her performance.

-DID YOU KNOW that Gregory Peck’s climactic speech – one of the most iconic in American film, running for six minutes and 30 seconds – was done in a single take?

-DID YOU KNOW that Gregory Peck won his first and only Oscar® for his performance as Atticus Finch?

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The movie doesn’t end at the credits: Family-friendly Discussion Questions

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-Atticus says, “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view, until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”  From whose point of view is the story told – and how does that affect the story?

-How would the film be different if it were told from a different character’s perspective?

-TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD is a story of a different time in America – but which of its themes and messages are still relevant today?

-How would you rate TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD?


From the AFI Archive, watch this exclusive interview with Gregory Peck and the White House celebration of the 50th anniversary of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD:



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