• Juliano Cezar

    ★★★★★ Watched by Juliano Cezar 21 Oct, 2014

    Along with 12 Angry Men and Judgement at Nuremberg, one of the best courtroom dramas ever made.
    The splendid acting of Tracy and March makes the struggle between them so intense and Gene Kelly's character has a cynicism that we all love to hate.
    Easily, one of the best movies I've ever seen.


  • Mel S

    ★★★ Watched by Mel S 02 Sep, 2009

    Great acting but too much excess crap thrown in to make the movie commercial, ends up being too long. Gene Kelly's part is useless.


  • Kurt Fabisch

    ★★★★★ Watched by Kurt Fabisch 19 Aug, 2014

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.


  • Warren

    ★★★★★ Watched by Warren 16 Aug, 2014

    I usually don't care for courtroom dramas, but this one really stood out. Spencer Tracy was great as the fatigued yet indefatigable defense attorney. Gene Kelly has incredibly sharp, delicious dialogue. The topic continues to be topical to this day, somewhat shockingly. The original case was in 1924, the movie was 1960, and we're still fighting this battle today... crazy.


  • Owen

    ★★★ Watched by Owen 24 Jun, 2014

    A piece of Whig history par excellance, this picture comes close to a pure ideological statement. Amazing performances and historic significance lend it a contorted moral thickness that it probably doesn't deserve. It remains a wonderful conversion of the source material, a beautiful set of performances from its leads, and not much else.


  • sebastian_drogo

    ★★★★ Added by sebastian_drogo

    Due grandi attori a confronto: Frederic March e Spencer Tracy,
    con un comprimario di lusso come Gene Kelly.
    Memorabili le scene del processo in un aula caldissima, sia per
    la temperatura elevata, sia per i temi trattati.
    Da scuola del cinema americano classico il lungo piano-sequenza
    fra Tracy e Kelly nel pre-finale; da leggenda l'uscita dall'aula del
    tribunale deserta di Spencer Tracy.


  • Nick Vass

    ★★★★ Watched by Nick Vass 12 May, 2014

    A legal masterwork and further evidence that American cinema owned the courtroom scene in pre-code decline (12 Angry Men, Witness for the Prosecution, Anatomy of a Murder and now this etc.) It's such an explosive battle of beliefs and remains a pertinent issue due to the powerhouse arguments of Creationism vs. Darwinism. Opinions and lengthy speeches take major stands in a cinematic, stagy, dramatized re-enactment of the 1925 Scopes Monkey trial case. It's a message movie about the preservation of…


  • Jussi Hulkkonen

    ★★★½ Watched by Jussi Hulkkonen 31 Mar, 2014

    Kramer turns what could have been an incredibly strident, self-important issue film about a historically distant dispute into an impassioned and intelligent debate, addressing not only a central conflict between America's belief in freedom and the sanctified status which the Christian bible holds, but considers this opposition more broadly literal truth vs. ideas/values, progress vs. traditions, relationships vs. beliefs. Tracy and March give suitably titanic performances which fit nicely into the film's familiar grandly portentous Hollywood tone. The chemistry between…


  • Patrick Hao

    ★★★½ Watched by Patrick Hao 14 Mar, 2014

    I am kind of surprise that this movie was ever made because of its ideology and portrayal of religion but, it is a good message movie. Stanley Kramer is the sort of director who wants his films to say something important and he is very good at doing that. Look at “Guess Who’s Coming Home to Dinner”. But, “Inherit the Wind” is a more impressive work s a portrayal of the famous Scopes Trial about whether or not a teacher…


  • TheCincyKid

    ★★★½ Added by TheCincyKid

    We know the argument, we've heard the diatribes, we know who's right and the theatricality of the dialogue bespeaks more moralizing than dramatic conflict, so it basically all boils down to the appreciation of great deep-focus cinematography and veteran actors who are very sure of themselves.


  • teapot37

    ★★★★ Watched by teapot37 27 Dec, 2013

    A fictionalized retelling of the Scopes "monkey" trial. There is a lot of caricature, particularly in the townsfolk and in Gene Kelly's newspaperman, but there are some nice shades in the characters of Matthew Harrison Brady (Frederic March) and Henry Drummond (Spencer Tracy), who are simultaneously old friends and bitter rivals.


  • Chris

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Chris 18 Nov, 2013

    I know many will disagree with my thoughts on this movie but as the movie helps show everyone is allowed there own opinion as long as you have both sides of the story to make that opinion...This is a movie that I have watched several times and each time I watch it still has the power to draw me in. A movie that was made in 1960s about a trial that happened in the 1930s and this could be made…