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GCU Offers Fifth Installment in Centennial Film Classics Series

1960s Movie Classic To Kill a Mockingbird Is Based on Pulitzer Prize-Winning Novel

Lakewood, N.J., Jan. 16, 2009—Georgian Court celebrates its Centennial year with Centennial Film Classics, a Monday night film series featuring movies from each of the eight decades that the university has resided in Lakewood.

The latest installment for the 1960s decade, To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), will be shown on Monday, February 9, at 6:30 p.m. in the Little Theatre on GCU’s Lakewood campus. The Academy Award-nominated film was based on Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning 1960 book of the same name.

Admission is free, but reservations are required due to limited space. For more information or to make reservations, contact GCU’s Office of Conferences and Special Events at 732.987.2263 or

Upcoming films in this series include The Sting (1973) on March 9 and The Breakfast Club (1985) on April 27. All films will be shown in the Little Theatre at 6:30 p.m.

About To Kill a Mockingbird
In a small Alabama town in 1932, Atticus Finch (Gregory Peck), a widowed lawyer, strives to create for his two children, 6-year-old Scout and her 10-year-old brother, Jem, an atmosphere free from hatred and prejudice. The youngsters lead a carefree life, racing about the town, jeering at eccentric Mrs. Dubose, and frightening themselves and their new friend, 6-year-old Dill Harris, with exaggerated stories about Boo Radley, a mentally retarded neighbor whom they have never seen. When Atticus agrees to defend Tom Robinson, a black man accused of raping a young white woman, the children must defend themselves against the taunts of their classmates.

The film placed 1st on the American Film Institute’s list of 10 greatest courtroom dramas, and 25th on the AFI’s 10th anniversary list of the 100 greatest movies of all time. The deeply principled and idealistic attorney Atticus Finch was deemed the #1 hero on the AFI’s 100 Years… 100 Heroes & Villains list, which ranked the top 50 heroes and top 50 villains of all time. Gregory Peck received the Academy Award for Best Actor and the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Actor in a Drama for the role.

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves over 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at 90 Woodbridge Center Drive in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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