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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.

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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Henry Drummond
... Matthew Harrison Brady
... E. K. Hornbeck
... Bertram T. Cates
... Rachel Brown
... Judge Mel Coffey
... Rev. Jeremiah Brown
... Prosecutor Tom Davenport
... Bailiff Mort Meeker
... Mayor Jason Carter
... Howard
... John Stebbins
... WGN Radio Technician
Gordon Polk ... George Sillers
... Mrs. Krebs - Righteous Townswoman
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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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Heredarás el viento  »

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The film is included on Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" list. See more »

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While Archbishop Ussher did theorize the time when the earth was created, the time and date that Brady quoted was by Dr. John Lightfoot, not Archbishop Ussher. See more »

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E. K. Hornbeck: [about Brady] He's the only man I know who can strut sitting down.
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(Gimme Dat) Old Time Religion
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Traditional spiritual
Sung by Leslie Uggams at the start of the movie
Reprised often by the Townfolks
Variations included often in the score
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Brilliant - One of the finest movies ever made
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This movie is well acted both March and Tracy perform remarkably. The story line depicts how ignorance and blind faith can generate a mob mentality. It beautifully reflects the social values of the time and depicts very well the attitudes of the time in which the movie was set. Like 12 angry men, it has simple sets and gives hope to the notion that not only can movies be educational and entertaining, there are producers that care about making a meaningful statement using a plot and acting to entertain.


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