Robert Mulligan's way of handling his child actors was to let them play together while keeping the cameras as unobtrusive as possible.
Art directors Alexander Golitzen and Henry Bumstead had an entire reconstruction of the fictional town of Maycomb, Alabama, built on the Universal backlot at a cost of $225,000. The set contained more than 30 buildings. It would have cost at least $100,000 more had Golitzen and Bumstead not learned of some Southern-style housing about to be demolished to make way for a new Los Angeles freeway. They bought a dozen of them and had them brought to the studio. Such efforts resulted in the two winning the Oscar for Best Art Direction the following year.
Ranked #2 on the American Film Institute's 100 Most Inspiring Movies of All Time (2006).
Horton Foote was initially reluctant to adapt the novel into a screenplay as he felt that he would be unable to do it justice.
Ruth White would spend 4 hours getting into old age make-up, only for most of her scenes to end up cut from the film as they tended to slow it up.
[June 2008] Ranked #1 on the American Film Institute's list of the 10 greatest films in the genre "Courtroom Drama".
Cast members Mary Badham (Scout), Robert Duvall (Boo), Frank Overton (Heck Tate), Collin Wilcox Paxton (Mayella), and William Windom (Mr. Gilmer) all appeared in episodes of the original Twilight Zone (1959) TV series. |