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Well worth 2 hours of anyone's time
on 19 July 2009
Well-acted adaptation of the novel, paced just right to fit the setting of the Deep South. Still provoking enough to lose yourself in, and forget that it's old and in black and white (a very appropriate irony).
Gregory Peck is widely accepted as a fine actor, but the children in this excelled too - especially given that this was filmed at a time when the vast majority of child actors were too busy 'looking cute' to pay more than minimum attention to actually portraying a character.
The main plot centers around racism and a rape case, but there's strong coming-of-age and moral themes that make it a film relevant to all but the youngest of age groups.
A delight to watch; and a must for any parent that would like to teach their children of the inhumanity of racism without exposing them to anything too graphic (despite the plot centering around a rape case, this film is fairly sensitive in its portrayal).
I have to disagree with another reviewer on one point. Being of dual nationality (having both American and British parents), and having spent my life between the two countries, I've often heard complaints made in Britain about how unrealistic it is to have American accents in films set in Britain - so why complain about American accents in a film set in the Deep South? A British accent in the film would have been just as unrealistic by the same standards. I've lived in the Deep South and can verify that the accents, setting and pace of life portrayed are all realistic.