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Alleged (2010)

Brian Dennehy , Colm Meaney , Tom Hines  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Brian Dennehy, Colm Meaney, Fred Dalton Thompson, Ashley Johnson, Nathan West
  • Directors: Tom Hines
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • DVD Release Date: November 8, 2011
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005K1VQF2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,522 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Love and faith are put to the ultimate test in this stirring romantic drama set against the landmark Scopes "Monkey Trial" of 1925. Charles Anderson (Nathan West, Miracle) is a talented young reporter engaged to Rose (Ashley Johnson, The Help), who works with him at the Tennessee small town newspaper his late father founded. The "Trial of the Century" brings brilliant adversaries William Jennings Bryan (Fred Thompson, The Genesis Code) and Clarence Darrow (Brian Dennehy, Cocoon) to Charles' hometown. But as the trial unfolds, Charles is caught up in the media circus and becomes torn between his journalistic integrity and impressing his mentor, the colorful Baltimore Sun editor H. L. Menken (Colm Meaney, Star Trek: The Next Generation), who presses him to "make a story" instead of report one.

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
As the first release of the faith based film label Slingshot Pictures, "Alleged" certainly tackles one of the largest subjects imaginable. In 1925, the Scopes "Monkey Trial" (famously depicted in Inherit the Wind) unfolded in a small Tennessee town and debated whether evolution should be allowed to be taught in public schools. A massive confrontation that pitted science against theology and two of the most famed orators/lawyers of the period (Clarence Darrow and William Jennings Bryan) against one another, the case was branded as "The Trial of the Century." I, for one, think it's an inspired idea to revisit the Scopes Trial from a modern vantage point as the play "Inherit the Wind" was written in 1955 and didn't really evoke all of the complexities inherent in the situation. But while "Alleged" does offer some insight into the background of this notorious event, it really doesn't attempt to be a definitive and comprehensive study of it either. The movie really centers on an ambitious local reporter who faces difficult decisions about his values and principles when pressed by an unscrupulous editor.

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must See Film October 27, 2011
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If you like history this film is for you. This DVD will correct some of the many incorrect beliefs about the famous 1925 Scopes trial, such as those in the play Inherit the Wind. One fact that it covers was the importance of racism as a motivating factor of W. J. Bryan to involve himself in the trial. Those who have read the trial transcript will soon realize how distorted the public view of the trial is, especially the play Inherit the Wind. This film was embellished slightly, but such is necessary to get a story out of a trial. Nonetheless, the basic story is accurate and the acting and cinematography are great!!! In contrast to the play Inherit the Wind, no one is demonized except possibly the Baltimore Sun news reporter, and anti-just about every minority, H. L. Mencken. The fact that the evidence for human evolution in 1925 was pathetic is brought out well in the film. The examples include Nebraska man (named Hesperopithecus found out to be a pig's tooth, specifically a peccary), Piltdown man (found out to be a hoax in the early 1950s), Neanderthal Man (now considered just another race of humans) and Java man (regarded simply as an Australopithecus). I would have quoted more from the trial transcript, which included the written testimony of the leading scientists, to show this, but the producer had to get this information in the film into a brief segment to keep the story moving, so had to abbreviate. A must see film.
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Alleged attempts to stir human emotions in favor of a faith-based description of the origins of life. The movie also encourages the viewer to misinterpret Clarence Darrow's agnostic views as favoring Christianity. In reality, Clarence Darrow was just as much a humanist as he was agnostic which meant the theory of evolution wasn't a blueprint for morality and it meant he could never support the notion or application of eugenics. The theory of evolution was simply a more evidence-based argument for the origins of man than the imaginative origins of man that are now a major part of our human heritage. In addition, he realized that any organized body of ideas - faith-based or factual - could serve as a basis for poor choices and irresponsible acts. There are plenty of Christians who believe in the death penalty and plenty of Darwinist who believe in eugenics. Being properly or improperly educated about the origins of life has nothing to do with the wisdom necessary to live life compassionately. Religion and science is not like a mixture of vomit and water. Religion has been the best carrier for moral ideas even if generally unapplied. Science is only worthwhile if it serves humanity in a moral as well as compassionate way. Einstein placed it best: "Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind."
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1.0 out of 5 stars barefaced February 11, 2012
Movies should be about telling a story. This film is a polemic against Darwin Theory and skeptics (Mencken is inaccurately and shamelessly villanized). Events and personalities are historically inaccurate. No surprise as this film was underwritten by the Christian Right.

No informed person would make any connection of Darwin and natural selection with eugenics or "food-chain" social theory. These are simply old evangelical anti-Darwin canards. Saccharine dialog imposed on a partisan reinvention of Dayton's historical events just doesn't pass for drama. What you get is a mawkish and transparent harangue. Or, more kindly, a very specialized film for a small section of viewers.

Thompson, Meaney and other mainstream participants should be ashamed of themselves for selling out.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This is great, truth like you have never seen it
Great move, buy it for your selves, your church, your kids, and friends. It will entertain, amaze, and educate you.
Published 3 months ago by W. Sid Vogel
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
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 5 months ago by Nancy
5.0 out of 5 stars It's surprising how progressives supported oppression
The famous "Scopes Monkey Trial" is often portrayed as a showdown between the forces of ignorant fundamentalism and enlightened evolution. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Leilani & Rich
1.0 out of 5 stars Strange cult like movie
I watched this movie with no expectations but about 15 minutes into it I realized it was a "Christian movie" - I've run across a couple of these films lately and it's an... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Truth seeker
5.0 out of 5 stars What was Alleged versus the Facts!
An excellent story based on the historical facts of the famous Scopes Trial. While Inherit the Wind is a fine story of the famous case, it is just that a story! Read more
Published 9 months ago by Jurassicmark
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME MOVIE
Great for education purposes on the scopes monkey trial, with a Hollywood twist of course! Perfect for churches to show as well for the religion versus evolution aspect.
Published 13 months ago by shana schultz
1.0 out of 5 stars d movie
very disappointed, the only good things were the costumes and scenery. Maybe I expected too much the religous right talked it up about the scopes trial, & how it really was etc.. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Theresa
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, insightful Film
The true story of the Scopes Monkey trial finally depicted on screen! Screenwriter Brian Godawa ("To End All Wars", "The Visitation", "A Separation") brings... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Polaris
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, Historical, Educational
Movie was very well done. A very believable recreation of a landmark event, with a delightful romantic twist. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Peented
4.0 out of 5 stars Could be a worthwhile family movie
Let's start with the bottom-line of this movie: It's not grandly entertaining, but should hold your interest fine and has some worthwhile things to say that can be excellent... Read more
Published 20 months ago by C. Long
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