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Likable Nathan West plays our intrepid young reporter, and Ashley Johnson is his equally appealing gal pal. As the Scopes trial is being engineered by local dignitaries to bring tourism and prosperity to the dying town, West also sees it as an opportunity to achieve big city success and notoriety. But at what cost? When Brian Dennehy (as Darrow) and Fred Dalton Thompson (as Jennings Bryan) square off, Colm Meaney (as Baltimore Sun editor H.L. Mencken) pushes him to dish the dirt for maximum provocation. But being enticed to the dark side has its price, and right wills out every time.Read more ›
That's the basis of the story found in ALLEGED, a different takes than we've witnessed before concerning the Scopes monkey trial. For years the only way to learn about this trail was through the film INHERIT THE WIND. I've always loved that film, in particular the acting done by both Spencer Tracy and Frederick March. But that movie made it seem as if the trial was the result of the people's wills often depicting anyone who was religious as fanatical.
This time around we have a different story. Instead of the trial being brought about by a teacher who has a fire burning inside of him to teach students about Darwin we instead have a town that's slowly fading that needs a hook to get folks into town again. They recruit the local science teacher into saying he believes in Darwin so that they can get people riled up about the question of creationism versus evolution.
Pulled into the midst of this whole circus is Charles Anderson (Nathan West), a reporter for the local newspaper whose father was the owner years ago. He wants to move on to better things, to the big city where he can achieve fame like his idol, H.L.Menken (Colm Meaney). Menken was the leading journalist of his time and one of the most read. Getting him involved means more folks hearing about the town and then coming for the trial.Read more ›
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A somewhat pale retelling of the Inherit the wind story of the infamous Scopes monkey trial. Two superb actors in Fred Dalton Thompson as Bryan and Brian Dennehy as Clarence Darrow... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Hal Lindberg
Purporting to be more historically accurate than "Inherit the Wind," "Alleged" goes overboard with the fictional romantic relationship it includes, shorting the... Read morePublished 7 months ago by G. Cruse
A Narcotic for the Intellect
Lawrence and Lee's classic Inherit the Wind has been a yardstick for excellence in popular theater entertainment for more than a... Read more
Great move, buy it for your selves, your church, your kids, and friends. It will entertain, amaze, and educate you.Published 20 months ago by W. Sid Vogel
My husband and I very much enjoyed this movie. I got it because it had Brian Dennehy, but the entire sory line and acting was very good.Published 22 months ago by Nancy
The famous "Scopes Monkey Trial" is often portrayed as a showdown between the forces of ignorant fundamentalism and enlightened evolution. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Leilani & Rich