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TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
May 30, 2015  | By David Bianculli

TCM, 8:00 p.m. ET

 

Alicia Florrick and her daughter were watching this movie recently on an episode of The Good Wife. Her daughter asked her if she ever got to change people’s minds in the courtroom like Gregory Peck did, and deliver such impassioned, important speeches. “No,” she told her daughter. Her days in court mostly were about small pieces of evidence and key phrases in the rules of law – an answer that made me love her character all the more, but also love To Kill a Mockingbird all the more, too. This 1962 drama should be high on the list of anyone’s compendium of The Essentials – and should be seen at every opportunity, especially at a time when racial justice in our society remains more dream than reality.

 
 
 
 
 
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