To Kill a Mockingbird (film)
Life's a bitch, and life's got lots of sisters.Ross Presser
- Directed by Robert Mulligan. Written by Horton Foote, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Harper Lee.
- I remember when my daddy gave me that gun. He told me that I should never point it at anything in the house. And that he'd rather I'd shoot at tin cans in the backyard, but he said that sooner or later he supposed the temptation to go after birds would be too much, and that I could shoot all the blue jays I wanted, if I could hit 'em, but to remember it was a sin to kill a mockingbird...Well, I reckon because mockingbirds don't do anything but make music for us to enjoy. They don't eat people's gardens, don't nest in the corncribs, they don't do one thing but just sing their hearts out for us.
- If you just learn a single trick, Scout, you'll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. 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.
- [to Jem, about Bob Ewell] No need to be afraid of him, son. He's all bluff. There's a lot of ugly things in this world, son. I wish I could keep 'em all away from you. That's never possible.
- When a child asks you something, answer him, for goodness' sake. But don't make a production of it. Children are children, but they can spot an evasion quicker than adults, and evasion simply muddles 'em.
- The State has not produced one iota of medical evidence that the crime Tom Robinson is charged with ever took place.
- She lied in an effort to get rid of her own guilt. Now I say guilt, gentlemen, because it was guilt that motivated her. She has committed no crime, she has merely broken a rigid and time-honored code of our society. A code so severe that whoever breaks it is hounded from our midst as unfit to live with. She must destroy the evidence of her offense. But what was the evidence of her offense? Tom Robinson - a human being. She must put Tom Robinson away from her. Tom Robinson was for her, a daily reminder of what she did. Now what did she do? She tempted a Negro. She was white, and she tempted a Negro. She did something that in our society is unspeakable. She kissed a black man. Not an old uncle, but a strong, young Negro man. No code mattered to her before she broke it, but it came crashing down on her afterwards.
- The witnesses for the State, with the exception of the Sheriff of Maycomb County, have presented themselves to you gentlemen, to this court, in the cynical confidence that their testimony would not be doubted. Confident that you gentlemen would go along with them on the assumption, the evil assumption, that all Negros lie, that all Negroes are basically immoral beings, all Negro men are not to be trusted around our women. An assumption that one associates with minds of their caliber, and which is in itself, gentlemen, a lie, which I do not need to point out to you. And so, a quiet, humble, respectable Negro, who has had the unmitigated temerity to feel sorry for a white woman, has had to put his word against two white people.
- Now gentlemen, in this country our courts are the great levelers, and in our courts all men are created equal. I'm no idealist to believe firmly in the integrity of our courts and of our jury system. That's no ideal to me. That is a living, working reality. Now I am confident that you gentlemen will review without passion the evidence that you have heard, come to a decision, and restore this man to his family. In the name of God, do your duty. In the name of God, believe Tom Robinson.
- Tom Robinson's dead. They were taking him to Abbottsville for safekeeping. Tom broke loose and ran. The deputy called out to him to stop. Tom didn't stop. He shot at him to wound him and missed his aim. Killed him. The deputy says Tom just ran like a crazy man. The last thing I told him was not to lose heart, that we'd ask for an appeal. We had such a good chance. We had more than a good chance.
- ...you'll see white men cheat black men everyday of your life, but let me tell you something and don't you forget it, whenever a white man does that to a black man that white man is Trash!
- Thank you, Arthur. Thank you for my children.
Jean Louise 'Scout' Finch
- I still don't see why I have to wear a darn old dress.
- He made me start off on the wrong foot. I was trying to explain to that darn lady teacher why he didn't have no money for his lunch, and she got sore at me.
- [about Walter] He's gone and drown-ded his dinner in syrup and then he's pourin' it all over.
- I said, 'Hey,' Mr. Cunningham. How's your entailment getting along? [He turns and looks away] Don't you remember me, Mr. Cunningham? I'm Jean Louise Finch. You brought us some hickory nuts one early morning, remember? We had a talk. I went and got my daddy to come out and thank you. I go to school with your boy. I go to school with Walter. He's a nice boy. Tell him 'hey' for me, won't you? You know something, Mr. Cunningham, entailments are bad. Entailments...Atticus, I was just saying to Mr. Cunningham that entailments were bad but not to worry. Takes a long time sometimes...What's the matter? I sure meant no harm, Mr. Cunningham.
- [to Boo, about Jem] You can pet him, Mr. Arthur. He's asleep. Couldn't if he was awake, though. He wouldn't let you. Go ahead.
- Hey Boo.
- Well it sorta be like shootin' a mockingbird, wouldn't it?
Narrator (Scout as an adult)
- Maycomb was a tired old town, even in 1932 when I first knew it. Somehow, it was hotter then. Men's stiff collars wilted by nine in the morning. Ladies bathed before noon after their three o'clock naps. And by nightfall were like soft teacakes with frosting from sweating and sweet talcum. The day was twenty-four hours long, but it seemed longer. There's no hurry, for there's nowhere to go and nothing to buy...and no money to buy it with. Although Maycomb County had recently been told that it had nothing to fear but fear itself...That summer, I was six years old.
- By October, things had settled down again. I still looked for Boo every time I went by the Radley place. This night my mind was filled with Halloween. There was to be a pageant representing our county's agricultural products. I was to be a ham. Jem said he would escort me to the school auditorium. Thus began our longest journey together.
- Neighbors bring food with death, and flowers with sickness, and little things in between. Boo was our neighbor. He gave us two soap dolls, a broken watch and chain, a knife, and our lives.
- One time Atticus said you never really knew a man until you stood in his shoes and walked around in them. Just standin' on the Radley porch was enough. The summer that had begun so long ago had ended, and another summer had taken its place, and a fall, and Boo Radley had come out.
- I was to think of these days many times. Of Jem and Dill and Boo Radley, and Tom Robinson - and Atticus. He would be in Jem's room all night, and he would be there when Jem waked up in the morning.
Jeremy 'Jem' Finch
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Charles Baker 'Dill' Harris
- Let's go down to the courthouse and see the room that they locked Boo up in. My aunt says it's bat-infested, and he nearly died from the mildew. Come on. I bet they got chains and instruments of torture down there.
- Not much is happening. The judge looks like he's asleep. I see your daddy and a colored man. The colored man looks to me like he's crying. I wonder what he's done to cry about?...There's a whole lot of men sitting together on one side and one man is pointing at the colored man and yelling. They're taking the colored man away.
- I can't use my left hand at all. I got it caught in a cotton gin when I was twelve years old. All my muscles were tore loose.
- Seemed like every time I passed by yonder, she'd have some little somethin' for me to do, choppin' kindlin', and totin' water for her.
- Well, I said I best be goin', I couldn't do nothin' for her, an' she said, oh, yes I could. An' I asked her what, and she said to jus' step on the chair yonder an' git that box down from on top of the chifforobe. So I done like she told me, and I was reachin' when the next thing I know she...grabbed me aroun' the legs. (A murmur erupts in the courthouse) She scared me so bad I hopped down an' turned the chair over. That was the only thing, only furniture 'sturbed in the room, Mr. Finch, I swear, when I left it....Mr. Finch, I got down off the chair, and I turned around an' she sorta jumped on me. She hugged me aroun' the waist. She reached up an' kissed me on the face. She said she'd never kissed a grown man before an' she might as well kiss me. She says for me to kiss her back. And I said, Miss Mayella, let me outta here, an' I tried to run. Mr. Ewell cussed at her from the window and said he's gonna kill her.
- He can do plenty of things...He can make somebody's will so airtight you can't break it. You count your blessings and stop complaining, both of you. Thank your stars he has the sense to act his age.
- There are some men in this world who are born to do our unpleasant jobs for us. Your father's one of them.
- Didn't you know your daddy's the best shot in this county?
- She was beaten around the head. There were bruises already comin' on her arms. She had a black eye startin' an'... - it was her left...It was her right eye, Mr. Finch. Now I remember. She was beat up on that side of her face...She had bruises on her arms and she showed me her neck. There were definite finger marks on her gullet...I'd say they were all around.
- Bob Ewell's lyin' on the ground under that tree down yonder with a kitchen knife stuck up under his ribs. He's dead, Mr. Finch....He's not gonna bother these children any more.
- Bob Ewell fell on his knife. He killed himself. There's a black man dead for no reason, and now the man responsible for it is dead. Let the dead bury the dead this time, Mr. Finch. I never heard tell it was against the law for any citizen to do his utmost to prevent a crime from being committed, which is exactly what he did. But maybe you'll tell me it's my duty to tell the town all about it, not to hush it up...To my way of thinkin', takin' one man who's done you and this town a big service, and draggin' him, with his shy ways, into the limelight, to me, that's a sin. It's a sin, and I'm not about to have it on my head. I may not be much, Mr. Finch, but I'm still Sheriff of Maycomb County, and Bob Ewell fell on his knife. Goodnight sir.
- Aunt Stephanie Crawford: There's a maniac lives there and he's dangerous...I was standing in my yard one day when his Mama come out yelling, 'He's killin' us all.' Turned out that Boo was sitting in the living room cutting up the paper for his scrapbook, and when his daddy come by, he reached over with his scissors, stabbed him in his leg, pulled them out, and went right on cutting the paper. They wanted to send him to an asylum, but his daddy said no Radley was going to any asylum. So they locked him up in the basement of the courthouse till he nearly died of the damp, and his daddy brought him back home. There he is to this day, sittin' over there with his scissors...Lord knows what he's doin' or thinkin'.
- Calpurnia: That boy is your company. And if he wants to eat up that tablecloth, you let him, you hear? And if you can't act fit to eat like folks, you can just set here and eat in the kitchen.
- Bob Ewell: [to Atticus] I'm real sorry they picked you to defend that nigger that raped my Mayella. I don't know why I didn't kill him myself instead of goin' to the sheriff. That would have saved you and the sheriff and the taxpayers lots of trouble...What kind of a man are you? You got chillun of your own.
- Mayella Ewell: I was sittin' on the porch, and he come along. Uh, there's this old chifforobe in the yard, and I-I said, 'You come in here, boy, and bust up this chifforobe, and I'll give you a nickel.' So he-he come on in the yard and I go in the house to get him the nickel and I turn around, and 'fore I know it, he's on me, and I fought and hollered, but he had me around the neck, and he hit me again and again, and the next thing I knew, Papa was in the room, a-standin' over me, hollerin', 'Who done it, who done it?'
- Rev. Sykes: Miss Jean Louise, stand up, your father's passin'.
- Scout: Is he poor?
- Atticus: Yes.
- Scout: Are we poor?
- Atticus: We are indeed.
- Jem: Are we as poor as the Cunninghams?
- Atticus: No, not exactly. The Cunninghams are country folks, farmers. The crash hit them the hardest.
- Dill: Hey.
- Jem: Hey yourself.
- Dill: I'm Charles Baker Harris. I can read. I can read anything you've got. Folks call me Dill.
- Jem: How old are you? Four and a half?
- Dill: Going on seven.
- Jem: Well no wonder then. Scout's bin readin' since she was born, and she's not even six yet. You're mighty puny for nearly seven.
- Dill: I'm little but I'm old.
- Jem: There goes the meanest man that ever took a breath of life.
- Dill: Why is he the meanest man?
- Jem: Well, for one thing, he has a boy named Boo that he keeps chained to a bed in the house over yonder...See, he lives over there. Boo only comes out at night when you're asleep and it's pitch-dark. When you wake up at night, you can hear him. Once I heard him scratchin' on our screen door, but he was gone by the time Atticus got there.
- Dill: I wonder what he does in there? I wonder what he looks like?
- Jem: Well, judgin' from his tracks, he's about six and a half feet tall. He eats raw squirrels and all the cats he can catch. There's a long, jagged scar that runs all the way across his face. His teeth are yella and rotten. His eyes are popped. And he drools most of the time.
- Scout: Hey Miss Dubose.
- Mrs. Dubose: Don't you say "hey" to me you ugly girl!
- Atticus: Good Afternoon Miss Dubose... My, you look like a picture this afternoon.
- Scout: [hiding behind Atticus whispering to Jem and Dill] He don't say a picture of what.
- Scout: Atticus, do you think Boo Radley ever really comes and looks in my window at night? Jem says he does. This afternoon when we were over by their house...
- Atticus: Scout. I told you and Jem to leave those poor people alone. I want you to stay away from their house and stop tormentin' them.
- Scout: Yes, sir.
- Atticus: Well, I think that's all the reading for tonight, honey. It's gettin' late.
- Scout: What time is it?
- Atticus: Eight-thirty.
- Scout: May I see your watch? [reading] 'To Atticus, My Beloved Husband.' Atticus, Jem says this watch is gonna belong to him some day.
- Atticus: That's right.
- Scout: Why?
- Atticus: Well, customary for the boy to have his father's watch.
- Scout: What are you gonna give me?
- Atticus: Well, I don't know that I have much else of value that belongs to me. But there's a pearl necklace - and there's a ring that belonged to your mother. And I've put them away and they're to be yours.
- Scout: How old was I when Mama died?
- Jem: Two.
- Scout: How old were you?
- Jem: Six.
- Scout: Old as I am now.
- Jem: Uh, huh.
- Scout: Was Mama pretty?
- Jem: Uh, huh.
- Scout: Was Mama nice?
- Jem: Uh, huh.
- Scout: Did you love her?
- Jem: Yes.
- Scout: Did I love her?
- Jem: Yes.
- Scout: Do you miss her?
- Jem: Uh, huh.
- Atticus: Do you know what a compromise is?
- Scout: Bendin' the law?
- Atticus: Uh, no. It's an agreement reached by mutual consent. Now, here's the way it works. You concede the necessity of goin' to school, we'll keep right on readin' the same every night, just as we always have. Is that a bargain?
- Narrator: There just didn't seem to be anyone or anything Atticus couldn't explain. Though it wasn't a talent that would arouse the admiration of any of our friends, Jem and I had to admit he was very good at that, but that was all he was good at, we thought.
- Scout: Atticus, do you defend niggers?
- Atticus: Don't say 'nigger,' Scout.
- Scout: I didn't say it...Cecil Jacobs did. That's why I had to fight him.
- Atticus: Scout, I don't want you fightin'!
- Scout: I had to, Atticus, he...
- Atticus: I don't care what the reasons are. I forbid you to fight. There are some things that you're not old enough to understand just yet. There's been some high talk around town to the effect that I shouldn't do much about defending this man.
- Scout: If you shouldn't be defending him, then why are you doing it?
- Atticus: For a number of reasons. The main one is that if I didn't, I couldn't hold my head up in town. I couldn't even tell you or Jem not to do somethin' again. You're gonna hear some ugly talk about this in school. But I want you to promise me one thing...that you won't get into fights over it, no matter what they say to you.
- Atticus: Do you want to tell us what really happened?
- Mayella: I got somethin' to say. And then I ain't gonna say no more. He took advantage of me. An' if you fine, fancy gentlemen ain't gonna do nothin' about it, then you're just a bunch of lousy, yella, stinkin' cowards, the - the whole bunch of ya, and your fancy airs don't come to nothin'. Your Ma'am'in' and your Miss Mayellarin' - it don't come to nothin', Mr. Finch, not...no.
- Gilmer: How come you're so all-fired anxious to do that woman's chores?
- Tom: Looks like she didn't have nobody to help her. Like I said...
- Gilmer: With Mr. Ewell and seven children on the place? You did all this choppin' and work out of sheer goodness, boy? Ha, ha. You're a mighty good fella, it seems. Did all that for not one penny.
- Tom: Yes, sir. I felt right sorry for her. She seemed...
- Gilmer: You felt sorry for her? A white woman? You felt sorry for her?
- Scout: Hey Boo.
- Atticus: Miss Jean Louise, Mr. Arthur Radley. I believe he already knows you.
- Atticus: It'll have to come before the County Court. Of course, it's a clear-cut case of self-defense.
- Sheriff Tate: Mr. Finch, do you think Jem killed Bob Ewell? Is that what you think? Your boy never stabbed him.
- Scout: Mr. Tate was right.
- Atticus: What do you mean?
- Scout: Well, it would be sort of like shooting a mockingbird, wouldn't it?
- The most beloved and widely read Pulitzer Prize Winner now comes vividly alive on the screen!
- If you have read the novel, you will relive every treasured moment. . .If not, a deeply moving experience awaits you!
- Gregory Peck - Atticus Finch
- Mary Badham - Jean Louise 'Scout' Finch
- Phillip Alford - Jeremy 'Jem' Finch
- Robert Duvall - Arthur 'Boo' Radley
- John Megna - Charles Baker 'Dill' Harris
- Frank Overton - Sheriff Heck Tate
- Rosemary Murphy - Maudie Atkinson
- Ruth White - Mrs. Dubose
- Brock Peters - Tom Robinson
- Estelle Evans - Calpurnia
- Alice Ghostley - Aunt Stephanie Crawford
- Paul Fix - Judge Taylor
- Collin Wilcox Paxton - Mayella Violet Ewell
- James Anderson - Robert E. Lee 'Bob' Ewell
- William Windom - Mr. Gilmer, Prosecutor
- Kim Stanley - Narrator (Scout as an adult)