‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Is Returning to Theaters for its 60th Anniversary—Here’s How and Where to Watch
Revisit a timeless classic with the theatrical re-release of the beloved 1962 film—for one night only!
The Finch family (and their reclusive neighbor Boo Radley) are all coming back to a big screen near you!
Fans of the hit movie To Kill a Mockingbird, which was based on the acclaimed 1960 Harper Lee novel (often listed as a banned book) were recently thrilled to find out that Turner Classic Movies (TCM), in conjunction with Fathom Events, will re-release the movie in hundreds of theaters around the country for two days this month to celebrate the movie’s 60th anniversary.
When will To Kill a Mockingbird air?
The upcoming theatrical re-release takes place on Wednesday, Nov. 16th.
Viewers will also experience exclusive insight from TCM about the making of the film, which runs two hours and 15 minutes. It is rated PG, despite having some adult content overtones when it comes to sexual assault and racism.
Where to watch To Kill a Mockingbird
To Kill a Mockingbird will play in local theaters on Nov. 16th. You can find out which closest theater is showing the film through Fathom Events.
On its website, Fathom Events states, “Experience one of the most significant milestones in film history like never before with To Kill a Mockingbird.”
Bringing this classic movie back to life
The original To Kill a Mockingbird, released in 1962, was originally set to be filmed in Harper Lee’s hometown of Monroeville, Alabama, but was instead shot on a back lot at a Hollywood film studio.
With a screenplay written by renowned American playwright Horton Foote, the big-screen version of To Kill a Mockingbird starred Gregory Peck as the Southern lawyer Atticus Finch, who represented black defendant Tom Robinson (Brock Peters) after he was falsely accused of raping a white woman.
Mary Badham portrayed his scrappy daughter Scout, and Philip Alford took on the role of Atticus’s son Jem. The film also marked Oscar-winner Robert Duvall’s big-screen debut. Duvall played Arthur “Boo” Radley, a benevolent but reclusive neighbor who ended up saving the children when they were attacked by Robinson’s false accuser.
After its release, the movie was nominated for eight Academy Awards and won three—one for Peck for Best Actor, one for Horton Foote for Best Screenplay and another for Best Art Direction.
Mary Badham was also nominated for Best Actress, as was Robert Mulligan for Best Director, though both lost to other nominees. Still, with a 93% score on Rotten Tomatoes and eight Oscar nominations, it’s safe to say it’s still one of the most beloved movies in screen history.
Harper Lee herself even enjoyed the film and was very pleased that Peck had landed the main role. “When I learned that Gregory Peck would play Atticus Finch in the film production… I was of course delighted: here was a fine actor who had made great films—what more could a writer ask for?”
She added, “the years told me his secret. When he played Atticus Finch, he had played himself, and time has told all of us something more: when he played himself, he touched the world.”