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Inherit the Wind
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Two-time Best Actor OscarÂ(r) winners* Spencer Tracy and Fredric March go toe-to-toe in this thrilling re-creation of the most titanic courtroom battle of the century. Garnering four Academy AwardÂ(r) nominations**, including Best Actor (Tracy), and featuring Gene Kelly in a rare, critically-acclaimed dramatic role, Inherit the Wind is powerful, provocative cinema and "a heaping measure of entertainment" (The Hollywood Reporter)! The controversial subject of evolution versus creation causes two polar opposites to engage in one explosive battle of beliefs. Attorney Clarence Darrow (Tracy) faces off against fundamentalist leader William Jennings Bryan (March) in a small Tennessee town where a teacher has been brought to trial for teaching Darwinism. Let the trial begin...and watch the sparks fly!
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camera, announcing that he would provide legal help for the school teacher, and the end of the movie when Clarence Darrow places the Bible on
top of Charles Darwin's Theory of Evolution textbook, and walks out of the courtroom. There have been many cases today, including Kitzmiller vs Dover, and you can watch this one on NOVA. Enjoy both.
Inherit the Wind takes the story, changes a few names, and delivers an incredibly dynamic and beautiful movie that is still relevant today as it was back in the 60s. With juggernaut actors such as Spender Tracy, Fredric March, and Gene Kelly, we cannot help but thing upon glancing at the cover that this will be a good film. Thankfully, it doesn't disappoint.
The language, alone, is enough to melt hearts, make people laugh, and raise eyebrows. The dialogue is absolutely perfect and you will find yourself in love with E. K. Hammond's character and cheering for Henry Drummond. The movie focuses on them along with the character of Matthew Harrison Brady as opposed to the teacher who is played by Dick York. The battle scenes are in the courtroom and just as exciting as if it were a war movie.
What's most inspiring about the film is that although it is based on a story that's almost 90 years old and a movie that is 54 years old it is still relevant. The worry about what is being taught, or not taught, in the classrooms is always a concern and, as a teacher myself, the worry that great minds are being squandered by technology and lack of respect/motivation is a constant complaint throughout many schools today.
An enlightening, influential, and sarcastic-laden film worthy of anyone to watch once if not frequently.
We face and don't face, champion and ridicule bigotry. It's less a question of science and more a question of the right to think for yourself, to make up your own mind.
This film used to be shown on NBC's "Saturday Night At The Movies" now and then. Amazingly, it was less controversial in 1960 than it is today!
For classic movie buffs, you will see many first-class actors doing outstanding performances. Remember, this is a fictionalized version of the Scopes trial -- but much of the courtroom dialogue was taken from court transcripts. This is a must-see!