To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

Credit: Racial prejudice swirls around Alabama, a creepy guy next door hides stuff in a tree, and someone has a near-death experience while dressed like a ham.


What can I say about this classic film that hasn’t already been said by thousands across the nation? Maybe this: Boo Radley is played by a man my generation would only come to know as “Mista Pulitza” from Newsies.

Really, though, this is a classic. Few stories could ever attain the moral dignity this film represents.

OH, SOMETHING YOU SHOULD KNOW: This movie is probably not ideal for young kids since a lot of it focuses on a rape accusation. Plus, a dog gets shot and no one wants to see that.

While this movie could be about a lot of things, for me it comes down to this: It’s how we treat people that ultimately defines us. If we could see other people the way God sees us, we would find that the seemingly incompatible differences of the present are but insignificant distractions from our eternal purposes.

“Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” – Matthew 25:40

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