Theme from To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

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The above clip from the film To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) is titled “The children save Atticus scene” in every case I’ve found in video libraries. The title is inaccurate. Atticus has been spending the evening guarding the town jailhouse to protect Tom Robinson, his client. The mob in this scene has not come to harm Atticus, but to lynch Tom, a black man who has been falsely accused of raping a white woman. Without meaning to, Scout (Jean Louise Finch, the youngest of the children) single-handedly disarms the mob by speaking kindly to Mr. Cunningham. Scout speaks warmly of the man’s son, a schoolmate of hers, and asks him to say “hey” to the boy for her. She then innocently reminds Cunningham that Atticus had recently helped him settle a sticky legal problem. The result is that Cunningham, evidently one the leaders of the mob, is moved to speak kindly to her in return, which he immediately follows with the order to the other men “Let’s clear out of here.” The group then leaves, some reluctantly, without accomplishing their mission.

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Theme from To Kill a Mockingbird (Elmer Bernstein)

opening sequence

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theme song, with slideshow

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Neighbors bring food with death and flowers with sickness and little things in between. Boo was our neighbor. He gave us two soap dolls, a broken watch and chain, a pair of good-luck pennies, and our lives. But neighbors give in return. We never put back into the tree what we took out of it: we had given him nothing, and it made me sad. — Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird, ch. 31

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From the voice over at the end of the film (source):

One time Atticus said you never really knew a man until you stood in his shoes and walked around in them. Just standing on the Radley porch was enough. The summer that had begun so long ago had ended, and another summer had taken its place. And a fall. And Boo Radley had come out. I was to think of these days many times, of Jem and Dill…and Boo Radley and Tom Robinson. And Atticus. He would be in Jem’s room all night, and he would be there when Jem waked up in the morning.

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