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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 ›
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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Great move, buy it for your selves, your church, your kids, and friends. It will entertain, amaze, and educate you.Published on May 29, 2014 by WSV1975
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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 on April 19, 2014 by Nancy