Gregory Peck (Atticus Finch), John Megna (Charles Baker "Dill" Harris), Frank Overton (Sheriff Heck Tate), Rosemary Murphy (Miss Maudie), Ruth White (Mrs. Dubose), Brock Peters (Tom Robinson), Estelle Evans (Calpurnia), Mary Badham (Scout), Phillip Alfo
Cannes 1963; Academy Award - Best Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Art Direction 1962
The film begins by portraying the innocence and world of play of a tomboyish six year-old girl named Scout and her ten year-old brother Jem, and their perceptions of their widower attorney father Atticus. They also fantasize about a 'boogeyman' recluse who inhabits a mysterious house in their neighborhood. They are abruptly brought out of their insulated and carefree world by their father's unpopular but courageous defense of a black man named Tom Robinson falsely accused of raping a Southern white woman. Although racism dooms the accused man, a prejudiced adult vengefully attacks the children on a dark night - they are unexpectedly delivered from real harm in the film's climax by the reclusive neighbor, "Boo" Radley.