EW Staff
July 30, 1999 AT 04:00 AM EDT

To Kill a Mockingbird goes to Vermont: In 1952, black minister Walter Andrews (Hudson, the steely warden from Oz) moves into a backwoods village with his adolescent son. At about the same time, a footloose young French Canadian woman comes to town. None of these newcomers are made to feel particularly welcome by the clannish boors living in Kingdom County — so when the young Canuck’s pregnant corpse is found, Andrews is naturally accused. Once native attorney Charlie Kinneson (Angela Lansbury’s nephew) rallies to the cause, this slow-at-the-get-go courtroom drama makes a pretty convincing case. B-

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