Sunday, June 19th at 1:00 p.m.at Loft Theater, 3233 E. Speedway
Admission: $8.00 general; $6.00 Loft members
PLUS: see the new documentary, “HEY, BOO: HARPER LEE AND TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD”, at The Loft on Wednesday, June 22nd at 7:30 p.m.!
Celebrate Father’s Day with the legendary Gregory Peck starring as Atticus Finch, one of Hollywood’s all-time greatest dads, at this special 35mm screening of the classic 1962 Oscar-winner TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD! Bring dad, mom and the kids (after all, who doesn’t love this movie????), enjoy a refreshing “Tequila Mockingbird” drink special (available at the snack bar), and sign up for our free “Dad Raffle” to win father-friendly prizes that will really make you say HEY BOO!
Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning autobiographical novel was vividly translated to the big screen in 1962 by screenwriter Horton Foote and director Robert Mulligan (Summer of ’42, Up the Down Staircase).
Set a small Alabama town in the 1930s, the story focuses on scrupulously honest, highly respected lawyer Atticus Finch, magnificently played by Gregory Peck. Finch puts his career on the line when he agrees to represent Tom Robinson, a black man accused of assaulting a white woman. The trial and the events surrounding it are seen through the eyes of Finch’s six-year-old daughter, the rough-around-the-edges tomboy Scout.
While Robinson’s sensational trial gives the film its momentum, there are numerous occurrences and adventures rounding out the story: Scout’s ever-strengthening bond with older brother Jem, her friendship with precocious young Dill Harris (a character based on Lee’s childhood pal Truman Capote), her father’s no-nonsense reactions to such life-and-death crises as a rampaging mad dog, and especially Scout’s relationship with Boo Radley (Robert Duvall, in his star-making movie debut), the mysteriously reclusive “village idiot” who turns out to be Scout’s unexpected savior.
An instant classic and a perennial fan favorite (ranked #34 on the American Film Institute’s list of 100 Greatest American Films), TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD won Academy Awards for Best Actor (Peck), Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Art Direction, and is guaranteed to create a lump in the throat of anyone who has ever had a father.
I read this book years ago, and have seen this movie a number of times– a true classic, just in time for Father’s Day 2011. Happy day to all fathers!