A biblical orator opposes a liberal lawyer defending a man for teaching Darwinism in the 1920s South.

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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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Matthew Harrison Brady: Objection! This court can surely see through this subterfuge. Mr. Drummond, by his action, hopes to eliminate BOTH closing arguments. Surely this court will not even consider such a deception.
Judge: Mr. Drummond?
Henry Drummond: We claim the defendant not guilty. But since the court has excluded all testimony of scientific experts, we wish for a verdict from this jury now so that we can carry the matter to a higher court.
Matthew Harrison Brady: I thought I knew every scheming lawyer's trick in the book. But this. From you.
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The fight between creationist and evolutionist in schools
19 March 2002 | by (Guadalajara, México) – See all my reviews

I'm a Spanish speaker, to tell the truth I don't know how to write in English. About the picture, its contents are specially interesting for whom, like me, are teachers, and have to fight with all kind of fanaticism that slave the minds of our students and their families. On the other hand, the performances of Kirk Douglas and Jason Robard, are really remarkable. The edition of the film is just great, its film rhythm is smooth and easy and the production is outstanding too. I wish we could get this picture in DVD. Sorry for my english.


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