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HEY, BOO: Harper Lee and ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’


Director – Mary McDonagh Murphy
Run Time -  45 minutes or 82 minutes- please specify preference when ordering
Language - English
Format - DVD
Year - 2010
Genre - Documentary
Educational Interest- African-American Studies, American Studies, Biographies/Profiles, Civil Rights, Cultural Studies, History (U.S.), Law & Legal Studies, Literature

Institutional DVD Price: $195

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Fifty years after winning the Pulitzer Prize, To Kill a Mockingbird remains a beloved bestseller and quite possibly the most influential American novel of the 20th Century. Nearly one million copies are sold each year and the novel has been translated into more than forty languages worldwide. The film version, starring Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch, won a trio of Academy Awards, and the U.S. Postal Service's new stamp honoring Peck depicts him wearing glasses, as Finch.


Behind it all was a young Southern girl named Nelle Harper Lee, who once said that she wanted to be South Alabama's Jane Austen. Hey, Boo explores Lee's life and unravels some of the mysteries surrounding her, including why she never published again. Containing never-before-seen photos and letters and an exclusive interview with Lee’s sister, Alice Finch Lee, the film also brings to light the context and history of the novel's Deep South setting and the social changes it inspired after publication.


Tom Brokaw, Rosanne Cash, Wally Lamb, Anna Quindlen, Richard Russo, Scott Turow, Oprah Winfrey, Andrew Young and others reflect on the novel's power, influence, and popularity, and the many ways it has shaped their lives.


Recommended.” – K. Fennessy, Video Librarian


"An enlightened love letter to the novel." - Lynn Peisner, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution


"Truly enlightening. The key to Hey Boo's success lies in Murphy's ability to balance critique and appreciation, providing both historical and biographical context to explain the novel's importance and testimonials to attest to its timeless qualities." - Kenneth R. Morefield, 1More Film Blog