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Overall A

Hollywood shines in this adaptation of Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize winning book about an idealistic Alabama lawyer (Gregory Peck) who is asked to defend a black man (Brock Peters) accused of assaulting a white woman (Collin Wilcox). Told through the eyes of his children (Phillip Alford and Mary Badham), the movie shares lessons about prejudice and tolerance.

Violence B
Sexual Content B+
Profanity A-
Substance Use A-

MPAA Rating: PG

Talk to your kids about…

To Kill A Mockingbird

What does Atticus take with him to the courthouse when he is concerned he may have to face an angry mob? What might you have been tempted to take? Why do Scout’s questions to Mr. Cunningham help to disperse the hostile crowd?

Sheriff Heck Tate (Frank Overton) makes some personal judgment calls about the investigation into the Mayella Ewell case, as well as questions about the behavior of Arthur Radley. Do you feel he has the right to make those decisions? How does his behavior affect the meting out of justice?

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