Inherit the Wind (1960)
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The Evolution vs. Creationism argument is at the center of the Jerome Lawrence-Robert E. Lee Broadway play Inherit the Wind. Lawrence and Lee's inspiration was the 1925 "Monkey Trial," in which Tennessee schoolteacher John Scopes was arrested for teaching Darwin's theory of evolution in violation of state law. Scopes deliberately courted arrest to challenge what he and his supporters saw as an unjust law, and the trial became a national cause when The Baltimore Sun, represented by the famed (and
Nov 1, 1960 Wide
Dec 11, 2001
MGM Home Entertainment
Matthew Harrison Bra...
Bertram T. Cates
Henry "Harry" Morgan
Rev. Jeremiah Brown
Noah Beery Jr.
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Tolerably gripping in its old-fashioned way, thanks chiefly to old pro performances from Tracy and March as the rival lawyers and ideologists.
Director Stanley Kramer can't overcome the trepidations of a verbose courtroom drama, so he lets his two actors, Spencer Tracy and Fredric March dominate and go at each other, pretending it's a deep play of ideas.
Stagey yes, but powerful Tracy and March acting + subject matter make this a must see.
Absorbing, if long-winded courtroom drama bolstered by two fine central performances from Tracy and March.
An all time classic
Tracy and March turn in superlative performances, each trying to upstage the other.
Extraordinarly vivid, rich, and wise about the core questions of how we know and who we are.
A most worthwhile film, if for no other reason, because it provides a great opportunity to watch Tracy and March go at it in a most entertaining fashion.
Producer-director Stanley Kramer ably handles the incendiary material visually, making good use of deep focus and careful compositions
Inherit the Wind is well crafted and can entertain even the most jaded of modern audiences.
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