To Kill a Mockingbird | Atticus Finch’s Closing Argument

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“Now, gentlemen, in this country our courts are the great levelers. 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!”

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Gregory Peck won an Oscar® for his brilliant performance as the Southern lawyer who defends a black man accused of rape in this film version of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. The way in which it captures a time, a place, and above all, a mood, makes this film a masterpiece. The setting is a dusty Southern town during the Depression. A white woman accuses a black man of rape. Though he is obviously innocent, the outcome of his trial is such a foregone conclusion that no lawyer will step forward to defend him – except Peck, the town’s most distinguished citizen. His compassionate defense costs him many friendships but earns him the respect and admiration of his two motherless children.

© 1963 Pakula-Mulligan Productions, Inc. & Brentwood Productions, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Cast: Gregory Peck, John Megna, Ruth White, Paul Fix, Brock Peters, Frank Overton
Produced By: Alan J. Pakula
Directed By: Robert Mulligan