Having received Academy Awards for Best Screenplay, Best Actor, and Best Art Direction, along with other nominations, the film To Kill a Mockingbird is to this day highly acclaimed as a moving and influential drama. Certainly, there is a genuineness of character in Atticus Finch just as there is in the novel by Harper Lee.
Of course, film can only develop character as far as action and dialogue will allow. Many of the internalizations of Scout are omitted even if she does narrate her thoughts. And, of course, minor characters such as Dill, Miss Maudie, Mr. Dolphus Raymund, Calpurnia, and others are not as well developed as they are on the pages of the novel.