Based on a real-life case in 1925, two great lawyers argue the case for and against a science teacher accused of the crime of teaching evolution.

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A teacher has taught about evolution in a small town in Tennessee. He has violated state law by doing this. Two great lawyers appear, one to assist in his defense, the other to help prosecute him. The town is divided in many ways which become apparent as the trial progresses. This is a dramatization of the Scopes Monkey Trial that pitted William Jennings Bryan against Clarence Darrow in a real case. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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In publicity for the television film, Kirk Douglas told reporters: "We went into the transcript of the real trial and found a lot more stuff (that is) much more dramatic, and much more pertinent to what's happening today. At the time this actually took place, you didn't have all of today's TV evangelists. There's no doubt that there is a tremendous and strong fundamentalist force in this country today, and we wanted to present this fairly, in dramatic terms." See more »

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Lucy Brady: [Reading from the Bible] "For whoever shall save his life, shall lose it. But whosoever will lose his life for my sake will shall save it. For what is a man advantaged if he gain the whole world and lose himself or be cast away."
Matthew Harrison Brady: Amen. Oh, yes, yes. I could feel it, Lucy. I could just feel the Holy Spirit in that courtroom today. It was all around me. Guiding me. And judgment will be brought against that young man.
Lucy Brady: Don't be too severe in your judgment, Matt.
Matthew Harrison Brady: Not mine, not the court's, not the ...
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24 April 2000 | by (2 hours north of Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Although it was not as good as the first, Inherit the Wind was as enjoyable. The performances changed the characters without changing the script much, and the acting was strong enough to pull it off. I did like both leads and have seen this version 5+ times. I have rented them both back to back, and enjoyed both versions as if they were totally different movies-believing this one can stand on it's own.

I have gone back and forth on which is better.


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