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Hey Boo

Hey Boo
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Reviewed by: Jim  
Release date: May 13, 2011 Released by: First Run Features

A conventionally made, yet pleasing documentary from Mary Murphy almost feels like a full-length extra from a dvd of the special, widely hailed To Kill A Mockingbird.
 
Hey, Boo: Harper Lee & To Kill A Mockingbird offers more insight into a fascinatingly rich novel that influenced social change, as well as its prescient author who declined interviews for nearly half a century.
 
Media magnates like Tom Brokaw and Oprah Winfrey, as well as writers and a civil rights advocate (Andrew Young) talk about the indelible qualities of Lee's first and only novel. The curiosity of Lee not publishing again is brought to the attention of her very able, almost century-year-old legalese older sister. Apparently, Harper didn't need to prove anything after such powerful prose with memorable characters like Scout, Atticus Finch, Tom Robinson, and the eponymous Boo Radley.
 
A highlight among the talking heads is an elderly couple from Greenwich Village who did more than watch over Lee at the request of a longtime friend, neighbor, and Alabama writer, Truman Capote. They supported her enough (as a Christmas gift) so she could take a sabbatical from her position at an airline counter to formulate what would bring her a Pulitzer Prize and so many readers a pleasure rarely encountered.
 
Too bad Lee never really found an inspiration to add to her legacy, but the un-sensationalized material (family friendly with the exception of a little violence) here for a well-deserved anniversary plug may steer more than avid readers and film buffs back to themes of innocence, conviction, and courage, as well as vintage Gregory Peck, and a newcomer in Robert Duvall.

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