To Kill A Mockingbird

Revealing mistake: In the final wide shot of the courtroom scene, as Atticus sits down, Phillip Alford (Jem) seems to think the shot has cut, as he suddenly hops up from his position slumped against the banister and playfully drums his hands on the railing.

Continuity mistake: Early in the courtroom scene there is a shot of Gregory Peck that is reversed. The part in his hair is not on the same side of his head that it is in the rest of the film.

Factual error: The time period of the film is 1932. In the opening title sequence, you see someone playing with Crayola Crayons (I assume it's Scout). One of the Crayons is labeled "Melon". Binney & Smith didn't sell the Melon colored crayon until 1949. Crayons produced from 1903 to 1948 sold for a nickel and contained only eight colors: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet, brown, and black.

Continuity mistake: When Bob Ewell is on the witness stand and Atticus asks him if he ran for a doctor, Atticus is hovering over Ewell and his visible shadow behind Ewell reflects this. When the camera shifts to Atticus, he is a good 10-15 feet away. When the camera returns to Ewell, Atticus' shadow is still there.

Revealing mistake: When Atticus kills the mad dog, you can see its hind legs being pulled by someone off screen. (00:43:05)


Continuity mistake: When the children go to the courthouse and up to the courtroom door, there are two solid doors with covered panels (that do not let light through), with a clear transom window above the doors. However, when the children boost Dill up to see into the courtroom, the doors' top panels are clear windows. (00:20:50)

Continuity mistake: When the kids roll the tyre down the street with Scout in it, the tyre is seen heading straight about to crash against a pole. Shot changes and the tyre has magically moved 6 feet to the left and is now heading to the house.

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Factual error: At the beginning of the movie when Jem and Scout boost up Dill to see inside the courtroom, there is no way Dill would be able to reach such a high place with Jem and Scout's hands only going about waist high.

Factual error: Dill said he was from Meridian MS. When the Jem slapped Boo Radley's door and ran he told Dill to tell them about it back in Meridian County. There is no Meridian County in MS. Just the town of Meridian.

Continuity mistake: As Jem, Scout and Dill are walking up to the courthouse, they pass a group of men playing checkers. One of the men speaks to Jem and the three stop momentarily. As they respond to the man, two black women as extras pass by them, walking toward the street. The next shot is a continuation of the scene with overlapping dialogue, however, the two black women are nowhere to be seen and there is a white woman with a white hat where the two black women should have been. Jem, Scout and Dill pause on the handrail before running up the steps, and as the camera pans back, all three women are once again walking past the old men.

Revealing mistake: Scout's hand is made of fiberglass as can be seen in the close up when they are attacked.

Continuity mistake: Whenever the porch swing at the Radley house is tousled by the wind, the wind doesn't appear in the following shots at all.

Scout: Hey, Miss Dubose.
Miss Dubose: Don't you say hey to me, you ugly girl!

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Question: Why did everybody in the courtroom go silent when Tom said that he did chores for Mayella because he felt sorry for her?

Answer: At that time in history, Tom, a black man, was considered inferior to Mayella, a white woman. When he says he "felt sorry" for her, it is interpreted as him thinking he is above her or better off in some way. Regardless of his good intentions, for him to think of himself as being in a superior position to help her was considered unacceptable because it was seen as a black person rising above their lower place in society.

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