Great Moments In Film – To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
Being that Atticus Finch was the subject of my first Hall of Fame article, it should be obvious the love I hold for this movie. There are so many great moments that it was hard to choose just one. Ultimately I decided to go with this one. Atticus, a lawyer, is given the task to defend a black man accused of raping a white woman in the rural south. Knowing full well that Tom, the defendant, wouldn’t make it through the night, Atticus decides to hold watch over him for the impending lynch mob that is sure to come.
In a twist, his children (along with the neighbor’s nephew) join him. It is his daughter, Jean Louise (aka Scout) that ultimately defuses the situation. Mob mentality is an interesting thing. It allows fully rational people to act in ways they would never would normally simply because the individual is taken out of the equation. This is what Scout unknowingly changes. She brings one of the men back to reality. The innocence of a child saves the day once again.
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