In the film To Kill a Mockingbird, do the actors for Atticus, Tom, and Mayella play their parts accurately to resemble the book? In the film To Kill a Mockingbird, do the actors for Atticus, Tom, and Mayella play their parts accurately to resemble the book?

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After having seen the film version of To Kill a Mockingbird, it is almost impossible for me to envision Atticus as anyone but the incomparable Gregory Peck. I read the novel in the 1960s shortly after it came out, but I don't recall if I'd seen the movie beforehand. In any case, Peck's performance is one of the greatest in film history, and his portrayal of Atticus is generally considered the finest depiction of any attorney in any movie. Not only did Peck win the Oscar for Best Actor, the character of Atticus Finch was named the greatest movie hero of the 20th century. The fact that To Kill a Mockingbird has never been remade as a film is testament to the great casting and the overall quality of the original. As for the actor who played Tom (Brock Peters) and the actress who played Mayella (Collin Wilcox), both performances are considered the pinnacles of their individual careers. Peters, a veteran actor who had a long career in films and on stage, was perfect as the strong but humble Robinson, and he called it "one of my proudest achievements in life, one of the happiest participations in film or theater I have experienced." Peters even read the eulogy at Peck's own funeral. Wilcox's take on Mayella was wholly believable and true to the novel, and her courtroom scene is certainly one of the highlights of the film. Like Peters, she called it the highlight of her own career.

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