What is so wonderful about this movie is not only a wonderful script but of course the excellent acting by screen greats Spencer Tracy, Burt Lancaster, Richard Widmark, Maxmillian Schell, Judy Garland, Montgomery Clift, Werner Klemperer and even a young Bill Shatner. This cast along with the script and Stanley Kramer's direction is as good as it gets.
The philosophical questions asked by this classic is timeless and must be addressed at times of great need such as now. And I doubt there is a better vehicle to ask these questions. Even though this movie a fictional drama about actual history it tells a great story while asking the most important question we can ask of society. This is truly a must see drama. It's significance is simply timeless. If you are lucky you will catch it on TCM.