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Inherit the Wind (1960)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, History | November 1960 (USA)
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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.

Director:

Stanley Kramer

Writers:

Nedrick Young (screenplay), Harold Jacob Smith (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Spencer Tracy ... Henry Drummond
Fredric March ... Matthew Harrison Brady
Gene Kelly ... E. K. Hornbeck
Dick York ... Bertram T. Cates
Donna Anderson ... Rachel Brown
Harry Morgan ... Judge Mel Coffey
Claude Akins ... Rev. Jeremiah Brown
Elliott Reid ... Prosecutor Tom Davenport
Paul Hartman ... Bailiff Mort Meeker
Philip Coolidge ... Mayor Jason Carter
Jimmy Boyd ... Howard
Noah Beery Jr. ... John Stebbins
Norman Fell ... WGN Radio Technician
Gordon Polk Gordon Polk ... George Sillers
Hope Summers ... Mrs. Krebs - Righteous Townswoman
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Storyline

Teacher B.T. Cates is arrested for teaching Darwin's theories. Famous lawyer Henry Drummond defends him; fundamentalist politician Matthew Brady prosecutes. This is a very thinly disguised rendition of the 1925 "Scopes monkey trial" with debates between Clarence Darrow and William Jennings Bryan taken largely from the transcripts. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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It's all about the monkey trial that rocked America.


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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

November 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Heredarás el viento See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Despite his delightfully audacious, youthful cynicism displayed in the film, Gene Kelly was 47 during the filming of the movie. See more »

Goofs

At approximately 1:07, Spencer Tracy's characters refers to latitude and longitude and states "minutes, degrees, and seconds". Though technically correct, it is unusual for people that are familiar with such to list in that order; typically, logically/mathematically when listing such, degrees, minutes, and seconds are stated as "degrees, minutes, and seconds" because that is descending/hierarchical order. See more »

Quotes

E. K. Hornbeck: Which is hungrier my stomach or my soul? Hotdog!
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Referenced in Creation Science 103: Class 3 (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Battle Hymn of the Republic
(ca 1856) (uncredited)
Music by William Steffe
Lyrics by Julia Ward Howe (1862)
Sung by Leslie Uggams at the end of the movie
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Stirring performances
28 September 2003 | by Registered_UserSee all my reviews

People like to comment on this film's "overacting". Try watching any of Joan Crawford's movies from this period and then get back to me. Inherit the Wind is a totally compelling story of the traditional school of thought versus a new scientific one. It centers on a small southern town coming to terms with Darwinism and its implications on Christianity. Spencer Tracy is an eloquent defense lawyer fighting to let evolution stay in the public schools. The script is quite good. The court room exchanges are thought provoking and moving especially when one knows about the real people and events behind the story. It's very difficult to come up with a criticism here. Not a weak performance to be seen.


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