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The Gregory Peck Film Collection (To Kill a Mockingbird / Cape Fear / Arabesque / Mirage / Captain Newman, M.D. / The World in His Arms)
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Ranked 34 on the American Film Institute's list of the 100 Greatest American Films, To Kill a Mockingbird is quite simply one of the finest family-oriented dramas ever made. A beautiful and deeply affecting adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Harper Lee, the film retains a timeless quality that transcends its historically dated subject matter (racism in the Depression-era South) and remains powerfully resonant in present-day America with its advocacy of tolerance, justice, integrity, and loving, responsible parenthood. It's tempting to call this an important "message" movie that should be required viewing for children and adults alike, but this riveting courtroom drama is anything but stodgy or pedantic. As Atticus Finch, the small-town Alabama lawyer and widower father of two, Gregory Peck gives one of his finest performances with his impassioned defense of a black man (Brock Peters) wrongfully accused of the rape and assault of a young white woman. While his children, Scout (Mary Badham) and Jem (Philip Alford), learn the realities of racial prejudice and irrational hatred, they also learn to overcome their fear of the unknown as personified by their mysterious, mostly unseen neighbor Boo Radley (Robert Duvall, in his brilliant, almost completely nonverbal screen debut). What emerges from this evocative, exquisitely filmed drama is a pure distillation of the themes of Harper Lee's enduring novel, a showcase for some of the finest American acting ever assembled in one film, and a rare quality of humanitarian artistry (including Horton Foote's splendid screenplay and Elmer Bernstein's outstanding score) that seems all but lost in the chaotic morass of modern cinema. --Jeff Shannon
Superior to Martin Scorsese's punishing 1991 remake, this 1962 thriller directed by J. Lee Thompson (The Guns of Navarone) stars Robert Mitchum as a creepy ex-con angry at the attorney (Gregory Peck) whom he believes is responsible for his incarceration. After Mitchum makes clear his plans to harm Peck's family, a fascinating game of crisscrossing ethics and morality takes place. Where the more recent version seemed trapped in its explicitness, Thompson's film accomplishes a lot with a more economical and telling use of violence. The result is a richer character study with some Hitchcockian overtones regarding the nature of guilt. --Tom Keogh
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1. Captain Newman, M.D. - a wonderful W.W.II comedy/drama with a great supporting cast including Tony Curtis, Angie Dickinson, Eddie Albert, Larry Storch, James Gregory, Robert Duvall and in his academy-award nominated supporting role: Bobby Darin. One of my favorite films of the 1960s.
2. Mirage-a suspenseful black and white film-noir, filmed on location in New York co-starring the very attractive Diane Baker and Walter Matthau.
3. Arabesque-suspense thriller co-starring Sophia Loren. Directed by Stanley Donen, this was an attempt to replicate the success of Donen's previous thriller "Charade." While not as good as that classic, it is still good fun with a great score by Henry Mancini.
I can't wait to see these three films again.
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD is a true classic, with fine acting, gorgeous black and white photography and a compelling musical score. Most of all, it's a fascinating and well-written story. CAPE FEAR may not approach MOCKINGBIRD as a classic, but it's certainly a minor one; much better than the gratuitously violent remake. This is my second favorite Robert Mitchum performance, behind his other great villainous role in NIGHT OF THE HUNTER. Gregory Peck is perfect as the guy trying desperately to protect his family. His wife, played by Polly Bergan, a good, too. it's too bad she made so few movies of any note, because she's not only attractive, but a superb actress.
ARABESQUE is one of my all-time personal favorite thrillers. It's been unavailable in the United States for a long time, and it's good to finally have it on DVD, and it's a gorgeous print, to boot. Sophia Loren's first entrance in the film, in a stylish, black evening ensemble, ranks with the most sexy moments in her career, and all she does is walk into the room! Her character is fun, because it's not clear for some time into ARABESQUE if she's with or against Mr. Peck's harried college professor. He's on the trail of a coded heiroglyph containing vital information regarding an assassination plot.Read more ›
Mirage, 1965, Edward Dmytryk, 1.85:1, 108 min, b/w, mono sound; based on Howard Fast's 1952 novel (Fallen Angel; Little, Brown and Company; 1952; as Walter Ericson); a beautiful black and white anamorphic wide screen picture in its original aspect ratio; first time on DVD. Good noir photography and a Quincy Jones musical score adorn this edge-of-the-chair nightmarish tale of amnesia, conspiracy and murder. Peck was never better; with a stellar supporting cast of Diane Baker, Walter Matthau, Kevin McCarthy, Jack Weston, Leif Erickson, George Kennedy, and Robert Harris. Except for a couple loose ends and a dated conclusion, it still rates 5 stars!
Arabesque, 1966, Stanley Donen, 2.35:1, 105 min, Panavision Technicolor, mono sound; co-star Sophia Loren; vibrant anamorphic widescreen color picture. Light entertainment only; the film is second-rate in comparison with Charade or To Catch A Thief, which it tries (unsuccessfully) to imitate. Previously out on DVD but almost impossible to find. 3 stars for the film.
Captain Newman, M.D, 1963, David Miller, 1.85:1, 126 min, Eastman Color by Pathe, mono sound; vibrant anamorphic widescreen color picture with music by Frank Skinner.Read more ›
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A great collection of one of my favorite actors in some of his best films. I am really enjoying them. Cant Newman is very well done and Mockingbird is a great film.Published 22 days ago by J. Carey
This was a wedding present for one of his biggest fans. Not in my possession and I haven't seen it, but would bet it's very good.Published 4 months ago by Scotti
Good selection of movies. Well worth the price for good quality movie watching.Published 6 months ago by C Baudo
To Kill A Mockingbird is one of the classic movies of all time. Peck is excellent, as is the rest of the cast. I'll review the others DVDs, in this set, as I view them.Published 9 months ago by G. Hungerford
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