|One of the greatest films of all time.|
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|Gregory in between scenes of To Kill |
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So, you may be asking, is this review going to be biased? Yes, yes it is. And I'm going to relish in it.
Gregory Peck had been in the movies since 1944, and in the eighteen years between 1944 and 1962, he had played a multitude of characters: an unorthodox priest; a gentile who, for the sake of bringing the truth to light, pretends to be a Jewish man; and a reporter who only wants a story about a princess, but in the process falls in love with her. He was a versatile man who could do anything and be anyone. Yet, it wasn't until he stepped into the shoes of Atticus Finch that he found the fictional man that he was most akin to. A man who was only meant to breathe life through the pages of Lee Harper's novel, but whom came to life in the most magical of ways, and has since gone on to inspire many people to the point where Atticus Finch has become more than just a figment of our minds, but a flesh and blood and bone human being.
|Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch; Atticus Finch|
as Gregory Peck.
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|Father and daughter: Atticus and the one and only, Scout.|
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|Jem, Atticus, and Scout.|
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I remember the first time I saw this film, I was completely balled over. It was so powerful, so moving, I couldn't help but feel as though my whole being was humming. I was moved by Gregory's performance as Atticus, I decided that when I have children, I want them to be just like Jem and Scout: inquisitive, adventurous, honest, loving; I was moved by Robert Duvall's portrayal of Boo Radley. He had the least amount of screen time as anybody, but yet, he was able to convey every emotion and thought that he needed to in less than ten minutes of screen time.
|The almost ghostly Boo Radley.|
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|Gregory and the well-deserved Oscar.|
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