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After more than half a century, To Kill a Mockingbird remains a beloved bestseller and quite possibly the most influential American novel of the 20th Century. Nearly one million copies are sold each year and the novel has been translated into more than forty languages. The film version, starring Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch, won a trio of Academy Awards.
Behind it all was a young Southern girl named Nelle Harper Lee, who once said that all she wanted to be is the Jane Austen of South Alabama. Hey, Boo explores Lee's life and unravels some of the mysteries surrounding her, including why she never published again.
Containing never-before-seen photos and letters and a rare interview with Lee's sister, Alice Finch Lee, the film also brings to light the context and history of the novel's setting in the Deep South and the social changes it inspired.
Tom Brokaw, Rosanne Cash, Wally Lamb, Anna Quindlen, Richard Russo, Scott Turow, Oprah Winfrey, Andrew Young and others reflect on the novel's power, influence, and popularity, and the many ways it has shaped their lives.
Even though Lee declined to be interviewed, the film provides insight into her life and work.
I loved To Kill a Mockingbird (both the book and the movie), and think it's one those rare occurrences where the movie is equally as good as the book.
What a wonderful look at one of the greatest, possibly the greatest, American novel and movie.
As an adult, I'd give this five stars, for I love Harper Lee and TKAM itself. However, as a high school english teacher, I'd want to let others know that the kids weren't CRAZY... Read morePublished 4 days ago by J Carter
Terrific documentary… If you love history… love education… you will like this…
I've just published a novel, NOLA Gals set in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina that is in part a homage to "To Kill a Mockingbird. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Tillie
What a wonderful look at one of the greatest, possibly the greatest, American novel and movie. So many people share their feelings and insights into how TO KILL A MOCLINGBIRD has... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rodney G. Parrish
..."Scout, Atticus, and Boo: A Celebration of Fifty Years of To Kill a Mockingbird" by Mary McDonagh Murphy will want to watch this DVD as it is based on that book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Janet Chandler
What can be said that hasn't already been said about this movie. Everyone should watch it at least once.Published 3 months ago by Nanc