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Inherit the Wind (1988)

Not Rated | | Drama, History | TV Movie 20 March 1988
A biblical orator opposes a liberal lawyer defending a man for teaching Darwinism in the 1920s South.

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David Greene

Writers:

Jerome Lawrence (play), Robert E. Lee (play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kirk Douglas ... Matthew Harrison Brady
Jason Robards ... Henry Drummond
Darren McGavin ... E.K. Hornbeck
John Harkins ... Judge
Megan Follows ... Rachel Brown
Kyle Secor ... Bertram Cates
Michael Ensign ... Reverend Brown
Don Hood ... Mayor
Jean Simmons ... Lucy Brady
Josh Clark ... Davenport
Scotch Byerley Scotch Byerley ... Meeker
Ebbe Roe Smith ... Dunlap
Douglas Dirkson ... Mr. Bannister
Richard Lineback ... Sillers
Tom McCleister ... Bailiff (as Thom McCleister)
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Storyline

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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Drama | History

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 March 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Brady-Skandal See more »

Filming Locations:

Jacksonville, Oregon, USA See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The title of the play (and therefore the movie) comes from the Book of Proverbs, 11:29: "He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind." See more »

Quotes

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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Well, they tried!!
11 October 2003 | by standardmetalSee all my reviews

I thought Jason Robards was good as Darrow even if he didn't erase the memory of Spencer Tracy from my mind but I thought the usually fine Kirk Douglas was miscast as William Jennings Bryan (who was a glutton, not a movie star!) and didn't come close to Frederic March who even looked like Bryan. (Admittedly, Spencer always looked like Spencer.) He was reduced to playing the part as if it was Elmer Gantry and when Jason said that "a giant once lived in that body!" I didn't believe him for one second.

And where the old black and white version suggested the oppressive heat and humidity of Dayton, Tennessee, this one didn't even come close. Darren McGavin who played H. L. Mencken was quite good though and easily erased the memory of Gene Kelly in the original. And I've always adored Jean Simmons in most of what she did. Kyle Secor was the Scopes character (I mistook him for Matthew Broderick) and was very adequate.

I'd be interested to see (again?) the 1965 TV version with Melvyn Douglas and Ed Begley but I don't remember it at all if I did see it.


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