7.3/10
1,448
28 user 4 critic

Inherit the Wind (1999)

PG | | Drama | TV Movie 29 May 1999
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:

Daniel Petrie (as Daniel Petrie Sr.)

Writers:

Jerome Lawrence (play), Robert E. Lee (play) | 2 more credits »
Reviews
Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 5 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Inherit the Wind (TV Movie 1988)
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

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

Director: David Greene
Stars: Kirk Douglas, Jason Robards, Darren McGavin
Certificate: Passed Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

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
Stars: Spencer Tracy, Fredric March, Gene Kelly
12 Angry Men (TV Movie 1997)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Twelve men must decide the fate of one when one juror objects to the jury's decision.

Director: William Friedkin
Stars: Jack Lemmon, George C. Scott, Hume Cronyn
Gloria (1999)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

A street-wise, middle-aged moll named Gloria stands up against the mobs, which is complicated by a six-year-old urchin with a will of his own who she reluctantly takes under her wing after ... See full summary »

Director: Sidney Lumet
Stars: Sharon Stone, Jean-Luke Figueroa, Jeremy Northam
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A man staying at a secluded historical mansion finds himself being haunted by the presence of a spectre.

Director: Peter Medak
Stars: George C. Scott, Trish Van Devere, Melvyn Douglas
Inherit the Wind (TV Movie 1965)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

In 1925, a Tennessee science teacher is arrested for teaching Charles Darwin's theory of evolution, and a mighty courtroom battle ensues.

Director: George Schaefer
Stars: Melvyn Douglas, Ed Begley, Norman Wright
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Lemmon ... Henry Drummond
George C. Scott ... Matthew Harrison Brady
Lane Smith ... Reverend Jeremiah Brown
Tom Everett Scott ... Bertram Cates
Kathryn Morris ... Rachel Brown
John Cullum ... Judge Merle Coffey
Brad Greenquist ... Tom Davenport
David Wells ... Mayor Carter
Peter Mackenzie ... Jesse Dunlap
Dennis Cockrum ... Meeker
Steve Monroe ... Howard
Jim Meskimen ... Sauber
Royce D. Applegate ... George Sillers
Amzie Strickland Amzie Strickland ... Mrs. Krebs
Ronnie Claire Edwards ... Mrs. Haley
Edit

Storyline

This is another re-enactment of the play about the trial in 1925 of a school teacher who dared to teach Darwinian theory in his classroom. He did this as a consequence of one of his student's request to know... The student was a lad named 'Stebbins', and the trial (dubbed the 'Monkey Trial') pitted the great attorney of the day, Clarence Darrow, against the often running presidential candidate, and famous orator, William Jennings Bryan. Written by BOB STEBBINS <stebinsbob@aol.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The Landmark Trial That Forever Changed A Nation.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language and thematic material | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 May 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ereditare il vento See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The original Broadway production of "Inherit the Wind" by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee opened at the National Theater on 21 April 1955, ran for 806 performances and won two acting Tony Awards in 1956. The opening night cast included Paul Muni as Drummond (Melvyn Douglas later took over the role when Muni developed a cataract), Ed Begley as Brady and Tony Randall as Hornbeck. There has been 2 Broadway revivals; in 1996 with Charles Durning and George C. Scott and in 2007 with Brian Dennehy and Christopher Plummer. See more »

Quotes

Henry Drummond: He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind and the fool shall be servant to the wise in heart.
See more »

Connections

Featured in Penn & Teller: Bullshit!: Creationism (2003) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Scintillating performances from Lemmon and Scott
21 September 2006 | by chandrabhargavaSee all my reviews

The movie epitomizes what civilized debate can and should be. There are scintillating performances from Lemmon and Scott, and some very quotable lines as well. The courtroom atmosphere is well created and tension is never allowed to slack. Perhaps the most eloquent testimony paid on screen from a protagonist to his antagonist comes in the closing scenes. Although it is supposed to be based on the Scopes Monkey Trial, the closing credits state that the movie is a work of fiction. The movie raises many questions about the longstanding impasse between religion and science, between faith and reason. In a strange way, it does not conclusively resolve these issues but rather allows the viewer to decide for herself or himself. It will echo in your mind long after you have viewed it. Heartily recommended.


12 of 13 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 28 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed