Inherit the Wind (1999)





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The celebrated stage drama by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee, based on the real-life Scopes trial in which a teacher was jailed in 1925 for teaching Darwin's theory of evolution, is filmed for the third time in this adaptation produced for the Showtime premium cable network. Jack Lemmon plays the celebrated trial lawyer who defends the teacher in a character based on Clarence Darrow and George C. Scott plays the prosecuting attorney, modeled on William Jennings Bryan; Tom Everett Scott plays the embattled educator.
Drama , Television , Faith & Spirituality
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Jack Lemmon
as Henry Drummond
Thomas Everett Scott
as Bertram T. Cates
George C. Scott
as Matthew Harrison Brady
Beau Bridges
as E.K. Hornbeck
Kathryn Morris
as Rachel Brown
Lane Smith
as Rev. Brown
John Cullum
as Judge
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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Apollo Guide

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Not the masterpiece that the 1960 film was but a very solid rendering of the play which provided the great George C. Scott with a fitting and graceful swan song.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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Inherit the Wind (Daniel Petrie, 1999) [originally posted 14Mar2000] Hold the phone. It's a remake that's almost as good as the original. Much of the brilliance of the new version of Inherit the Wind comes from finding two old fogeys who have the same love/hate chemistry brought to life in the original by Frederic March and Spencer Tracy; in this case, the friendly adversaries are George C. Scott, in his last performance before his death, and Jack Lemmon. Toss in Beau Bridges as the wisecracking journalist and a surprisingly downbeat performance by Thom Everett Scott as the teacher who ends up a guinea pig in one of the biggest trials of the century, and you got yourself a fine film. The comic timing is impeccable on all counts, the lines form the film that have become cliche are delivered with the same freshness that ignited them decades ago, and one can almost believe that Scott and Lemmon actually are Bryan and Darrow haggling it out in a Tennessee courtroom. If you've never seen Inherit the Wind, start with the classic Spencer Tracy/Frederic March version from 1960. If you're a fan of the film already, and have been avoiding this remake because nothing can do the original justice, well, you're right... but it comes as close as possible. ****

Robert Beveridge
Robert Beveridge

This made for tv movie stars Jack Lemmon and George C. Scott in one of their last roles and both are excellent. Way above par TV movie and well made.

Anthony Stevenson
Anthony Stevenson

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