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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.
Compelling... Hey, Boo celebrates a novel, celebrates an imagination and, ultimately, celebrates a defining piece of Americana. It's always nice to see a movie that values literature and literacy -- and this is one of the better ones. --Marshall Fine, Huffington Post
Completely fascinating! --Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
Offers a much appreciated glimpse into the life and legacy of the beloved author... a fitting tribute to Nelle Harper Lee, an American treasure. --Jennifer Merin, About.com Documentaries
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"Hey Boo" is appropriately respectful of Nelle Harper Lee and most of the interviewees (especially James McBride, Rosanne Cash, Anna Quindlen, Oprah Winfrey) contribute to a fuller understanding of the contributions of Nelle Harper's work.
There was a real life Eulogy of Gregory Peck when he passed.
This documentary of the film gets to the heart of segregation in the South and one man's attempt to free a black man accused of murder.