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Inherit the Wind ()


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

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Matthew Harrison Brady
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Henry Drummond
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E.K. Hornbeck
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Judge
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Rachel Brown
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Bertram Cates
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Reverend Brown
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Mayor
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Lucy Brady
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Davenport
Scotch Byerley ...
Meeker
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Dunlap
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Mr. Bannister
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Sillers
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Bailiff (as Thom McCleister)
Jason Marin ...
Howard
Ron Hayden ...
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Radio Newsman (as Richard Gilbert Hill)
Terry Wills ...
Man at Counter
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Woman at Depot
Glenn Robards ...
Man at Depot
Robert Broyles ...
Man on Platform
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Michael Lindström ...
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David Greene

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Jerome Lawrence ... (play) &
Robert E. Lee ... (play)
 
John Gay ... (teleplay)

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Peter Douglas ... executive producer
Robert A. Papazian ... producer

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Arthur B. Rubinstein

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Stevan Larner ... director of photography

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Parkie L. Singh ... (as Parkie Singh)

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Kelly Mahan-Jaramillo ... assistant editor (as Kelly Mahan)

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Marsha Kleinman

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Bill Ross

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Cynthia T. Lewis ... (as Cynthia Trueman)

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Jody Lawrence ... makeup supervisor
Alicia M. Tripi ... department head hair stylist / hair stylist (as Alicia Tripi)

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Hal Galli ... production manager
Susan J. Spohr ... post-production supervisor (as Susan Spohr)

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Ray Marsh ... first assistant director
Stephen Southard ... second assistant director (as Steve Southard)

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Allan Gordon ... property master (as Allan J. Gordon)

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Joseph D. Citarella ... re-recording mixer (as Joe Citarella)
Eric Lindemann ... supervising sound editor (as Eric Lindeman)
Don MacDougall ... re-recording mixer
Russell Williams II ... sound mixer (as Russell Williams)

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Vincent Baldino ... camera operator
Jim Duggan ... best boy grip
Daniel Graff ... gaffer (as Danny 'G' Graff)
Ted Shinneman ... key grip
Allan Telias ... video playback operator

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Amy Introcaso ... casting

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James P. Cullen ... costumer
Le Dawson ... costumer: men
Faye Sloan ... costumer: women

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Ken Titley ... location manager

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Abby Treloggen ... music editor
Malcolm McNab ... musician: trumpet (uncredited)

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Lee Nowak ... script supervisor

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Donald R. Casella ... transportation coordinator (as Don Casella)

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Bart Doe ... title sketches
Beverly Setlowe ... production office coordinator
Susan Stern ... production auditor
Rodney Stone ... production assistant

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Plot Summary

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

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Also Known As
  • Tu récolteras la tempête (France)
  • Wer den Wind sät - Der Brady-Skandal (Germany)
  • Heredarás el viento (Spain)
  • Herencia del viento (Spain)
  • 1925: processo alla scimmia (Italy)
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  • 96 min
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Trivia The real William Jennings Bryan ran for President three times: 1896, 1900, and 1908. Bryan was the first Presidential candidate to extensively barnstorm during a Presidential campaign in an era when most candidates did not. Although it's suggested that he might be contemplating a run in the next election, which would have been in 1928, it's highly unlikely. He did serve in public office twice - as Congressman from Nebraska from 1891 to 1895 and as Secretary of State under Woodrow Wilson from 1913 to 1915, when he resigned over the country's policy toward Germany after the Lusitania was sunk. Despite his fundamentalist Christian beliefs, he was considered as Liberal and Progressive, supporting anti-Imperialist policies and trust-busting. See more »
Goofs Actor Kyle Secor, as Bertram Cates, wears glasses of which the frames are historically incorrect. In the 1930s, the frames would be metal. Additionally, the handles of the frames would curl and hook around each ear instead of the modern-day version which only slightly hooks around the back of the ear. While the "Ful-Vue' shape of the lenses is correct, 1930s glasses did not have the nose bridge comfort pads of modern-day glasses. And while tortoiseshell frames were just beginning to come into style, it is doubtful that a young man during the Great Depression would be able to afford tortoiseshell frames on a teacher's salary and would opt for the gold metal frames which were more popular and readily available. In this film, Secor wears modern frames that appear to be tortoiseshell with modern-day handles. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The 40th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (1988). See more »
Quotes Rachel Brown: I don't understand it, and what I do understand I don't like. I don't believe I came from apes and monkeys. You see, I really haven't thought very much. I was always afraid of what I might think. It seemed safer not to think at all. Maybe - maybe what Mr. Darwin wrote is bad. Bad or good I think ideas have to come out. I think they should be heard. I don't think they ought to pass laws against them.
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