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Alleged (2010)

Brian Dennehy , Colm Meaney , Tom Hines  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Brian Dennehy, Colm Meaney, Fred Dalton Thompson, Ashley Johnson, Nathan West
  • Directors: Tom Hines
  • Format: 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: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005K1VQF2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,940 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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18 of 20 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 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars PERFECT TIMING March 20, 2012
It seems that the knowledge people have these days comes from the easiest source and that more often than not is the television. The sales of newspapers are down and it seems the art of discussion is rare these days. Fortunately the internet has changed some of this but even there a ton of misinformation can be found. So imagine what it must have been like years ago when the only source of information was the newspaper.

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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Yes, the setting for this movie is the Scopes Monkey Trial. Yes, it's taken from an anti-evolution viewpoint. I'll get to that later. In reality, though, this movie deals with a young man who has the apple of fame and fortune dangled in front of him, a prize that threatens to cost him his friends, fiance, and conscience.

The focal point is Charles Anderson (Nathan West), a young reporter who wants to make it big-time like H. L. Menken (Colm Meaney). He gets the chance at the above mentioned trial, with Menken arriving. He learns, though, that some see journalism not as much as reporting the facts as influencing the reader.

I've recently read John Truby's Anatomy of Story. This book does an excellent job of following his advice in the writing of the story. The acting is strong enough to make it as well, with West a great lead, Meaney a human villain and Ashley Johnson being doing a great job as the love interest. Fred Thompson and Brian Dennehy fill the shoes of the big names of the trial, William Jennings Bryan and Clarence Darrow. Thompson did a fair job, and I'm a Dennehy fan, but in this rendition they're the supporting cast.

This movie does have an agenda on the issue. There is no question it takes an anti-evolution stand. Note I did not say creationist, which most equate with a six day view -- It sites Bryan allowing for a long day interpretation. However, it does show some of the weakness in evolutionary evidence (effectively with Darrow questioning "witnesses" for evolution). It also shows the tie in between evolution and eugenics/forced sterilization, which I've noted in a novel dealing with the creation/evolution debate (The Shadowed Mind by Julie Cave).

That being said, the only person who may be considered villainized is Menken.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 days 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 2 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 3 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 4 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 8 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 11 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 14 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 14 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 15 months ago by C. Long
5.0 out of 5 stars Truth Being Told
A delightful movie for a number of reasons. The characters are real and from the "get-go" I cared about what happened to Rose. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Ruthi
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