This movie, based on Harper Lee's novel by the same name, was (in Gregory Peck's own words) his favorite. He played so well the calm and quiet, yet unswerving and courageous lawyer who dared to defend a black, falsely accused of a crime, in a town of 1933 Georgia where blacks were terribly hated. He would let nothing or anyone stop him from performing an unpopular deed. The message that people should be brave but not arrogant was conveyed so well. Paul Fix, William Windom (who played the terribly prejudiced prosecuting attorney), and Brock Peters, (the mistreated black) performed their roles convincingly as well. Because of the story and the cast, this movie should have received the 1962 Best Picture Award for which it was nominated.