April 4th, 2012
11:00 AM ET
Boo Radley and Atticus Finch will soon be returning to a television near you, but this time they’ll come with a presidential introduction. On Tuesday, USA Network announced that it will be premiering a “digitally remastered and fully restored” version of the 1962 classic film “To Kill a Mockingbird” with a new introduction from President Barack Obama. The presentation will honor the 50th anniversary of the film's release.
This fresh version of the film based on Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel will air on Saturday, April 7th at 8 PM eastern time. In the book, Lee deals with issues of race relations and discrimination through the story of a white southern lawyer named Atticus Finch – played in the movie by Gregory Peck – appointed to defend a black man named Tom Robinson – played in the movie by Brock Peters – who's been wrongfully accused of rape.
“I’m deeply honored that President Obama will be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ by introducing it to a national audience,” Harper Lee said in a statement released by USA, Universal Pictures and the American Film Institute. “I believe it remains the best translation of a book to film ever made, and I'm proud to know that Gregory Peck's portrayal of Atticus Finch lives on – in a world that needs him now more than ever.”
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