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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
  • Studio: IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT
  • 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: #32,916 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
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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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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The antidote to "Inherit the Wind" November 16, 2011
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It is a great shame that this video didn't get distributed to theaters. I heard in a radio interview that it has done well in a number of film festivals. It has some well-known actors showing how talented they are, and the quality of the filming is also equal to or better than most films that Hollywood has produced.

I call it "The antidote to Inherit the Wind" because many people have gotten the impression that ItW shows what the Scopes Trial was like, but this movie shows what actuallly happened. However, the primary focus is on the roots of the problems of modern journalism -- sensationalism (shocking stories about what has been "alleged"), focusing on negatives, juicing up the plain facts ("paint a picture"), and seeking to make the public share the "progressive" view of events.

The protagonist of the story is a young reporter, torn between the high, "old-fashioned" standards of his father, and the success of H. L. Mencken, who comes to be a sort of mentor in the new ways of making news. Fans of Star Trek may marvel at how well Colm Meany plays this cynical man, so different from his character in ST:TNG. Meany doesn't soft-pedal Mencken's cynicism and cold-hearted pragmatism, yet he also doesn't go overboard and turn the character into a cardboard evil-doer. He displays Mencken's flashing sense of humor and enjoyment of life. People who admire Mencken shouldn't feel offended, and may well not see anything wrong with his ideas and behavior even when presented as belonging to the closest thing to a "bad guy" in this film. Which is best, honesty and integrity or fame and fortune? And can you have both?

This movie is far from the sort of propaganda or polemical affair that would portray real people as simple villains and immaculate heroes.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Definitely a movie I will show my three children! A fun love story with great actors that incorporates a strong "do the right thing" message in a meaningful and relevant way.

There are fictional lines in this historical setting, but they are reasonable for their context and they help keep the screenplay engaging and entertaining. They also flesh out the issues of that day including media bias, civil liberties, and eugenics. It is also refreshing to see the events surrounding the "Monkey Trial" presented in a more historically accurate way.

What a great medium to discuss important yet complicated social issues! The ensuing discussions with my children are certain to be meaningful, with tangible examples of real-life questions and challenges.

I originally purchased this film expecting to compare its historicity of it with that of "Inherit the Wind." It is no secret that the public perception of the Scopes trial was highly influenced by the media's portrayal and the play, RATHER than the facts of the case and the historical context. Although "Inherit the Wind" is an entertaining play (and screenplay), it gives a highly biased and blatantly incorrect account of the context and events surrounding the trial that has left most of the public with an incorrect perception...though a politically correct one.

But instead of merely contrasting historicity, I was surprised and delighted to discover an entertaining and well-done film.

Although the "Monkey Trial" is certainly the focal point of the movie, no doubt there is much more history that could be corrected...but how to do this in a short yet entertaining movie?
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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 1 month ago by W. Sid Vogel
1.0 out of 5 stars Christianity Shouldn't Need A Public Relations Campaign
Alleged attempts to stir human emotions in favor of a faith-based description of the origins of life. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Maurice Kemp
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 3 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 5 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 6 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 8 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 11 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 14 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 17 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 17 months ago by Peented
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