To Kill a Mockingbird

1962 NR 2h 10m Blu-ray / DVD

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To Kill a Mockingbird

1962 NR 2h 10m Blu-ray / DVD
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Southern comforts abound in this big-screen adaptation of Harper Lee's novel as lawyer Atticus Finch (Gregory Peck, in an Oscar-winning role) defends an innocent black man (Brock Peters) against rape charges but ends up in a maelstrom of hate and prejudice. Meanwhile, with help from a friend (John Megna), Finch's children, Jem (Phillip Alford) and Scout (Mary Badham), set their sights on making contact with a reclusive neighbor (Robert Duvall).
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen 1.85:1
Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital Mono, French: Dolby Digital Mono
Widescreen 1.85:1
Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 12+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 12+
  • Gregory Peck
  • Mary Badham
  • Phillip Alford
  • Robert Duvall
  • John Megna
  • Alice Ghostley
  • Frank Overton
  • Brock Peters
  • Rosemary Murphy
  • Ruth White
  • Estelle Evans
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age 12+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that To Kill a Mockingbird is the award-winning 1962 film adaptation of the classic Harper Lee novel. Its powerful evocation of racism and bigotry in the 1930s Deep South still resonates today, as do themes of empathy, compassion, and justice. The "N" word is used as a weapon by the lead antagonist, and when Scout Finch uses the word because kids at her school are using it, her father tells her never to use that word. In the unforgettable courtroom scene, the rape of an impoverished young white woman is discussed in detail, and over the course of the trial, abuse -- and possibly incest -- is implied at the hands of her father. Overall, this film is just as much of a timeless classic as the novel and should inspire family discussion of not only racism and injustice but also how values such as empathy and compassion can overcome entrenched bigotry and profound ignorance.

Sexual Content

Not applicable


Scout gets into schoolyard brawls with classmates. Jem is attacked, mostly offscreen, and his arm is broken by someone stalking him and Scout. The threat of violence is portrayed through menacing looks and nighttime shadows. A man is falsely accused of rape. In a courtroom, the rape and attack are discussed in detail. A rabid dog is shot and killed.


The "N" word is used by the antagonist. It's also used by a young girl when she tells her father, a lawyer defending an African-American man, that kids at school say that her father is defending an ["N" word]; her father tells her never to use that word. The outdated words "Negro" and "colored" also are used.

Social Behavior

Promotes tolerance and empathy and speaks out against prejudice. Conveys a deep, moving message about the danger of fear.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Cigarette smoking. The antagonist often appears drunk.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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