Not Rated | | Crime, Drama
Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his children against prejudice.
Director Robert Mulligan learned quickly not to rely on numerous takes, as he found that his child cast members became less natural and spontaneous after the first several.
Good Afternoon Miss Dubose... My, you look like a picture this afternoon.
Scout: He don't say a picture of what.
During Atticus Finch's cross-examination of Mayella Ewell, he breaks off, has defendant Tom Robinson stand and catch an object with his right hand as a demonstration, and asks him to explain (not under oath) why he can't catch the object with his left hand; Atticus then resumes his cross-examination of Mayella. In a real trial, a lawyer can't examine two witnesses simultaneously; if he tried to do so, the opposing lawyer would successfully object to it. Moreover, if a defendant were to testify, as Tom Robinson effectively did (even if from the defense table, not under oath), the prosecutor would object, and could insist on cross-examining the defendant under oath.
The title is revealed in a child's crayon rubbing.
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