• ejeffb2004

    ★★★ Watched by ejeffb2004 21 Feb, 2015 1

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

    Well intended, no doubt.. but heavy-handed and one sided?
    Tracy excellent, March not as natural... more forced.
    Gene Kelly distracting.

    From TCM
    Courtroom dramas usually provide a bonanza for film extras, who can count on several weeks of work filling in the background as prosecution and defense attorneys battle it out. When producer-director Stanley Kramer brought the Broadway smash, Inherit the Wind to the screen in 1960, they got an added bonus - free acting lessons as two of the…


  • deadmanramsey

    ★★★½ Added by deadmanramsey



  • Matthew Rice

    ★★★★½ Watched by Matthew Rice 04 Feb, 2015

    Everyone should watch this movie at least once. Particularly Americans.
    Future humans will look upon people who question evolution like we look back on those who believed in witches in the middle ages. In saying that, the film is clearly made by a talented, empathetic bunch who are careful to show both sides without being condescending.


  • Sean Wu

    ★★★★★ Watched by Sean Wu 01 Feb, 2015

    It's sort-of conventional, but 'Inherit the Wind' remains as exciting as it must have been 55 years ago. It joins '12 Angry Men' and 'To Kill a Mockingbird' as some of my favorite courtroom dramas.

    Courtroom films are dialogue based, and the best ones have a great script and fantastic performances. 'Inherit the Wind' has both. The screenplay hardly feels dated, and its discussion of religion remains provocative; the script is bullish and no-BS. The performances are also top-notch. Spencer…


  • nicoleloveswalt

    Rewatched by nicoleloveswalt 31 Jan, 2015

    An absolute masterclass.


  • Em

    ★★★★½ Watched by Em 31 Jan, 2015

    Nearing the end, a conversation between Sarah Brady and Rachel Brown comes out with such meaning after all the sheen that Tracy and March piled up. What could things/thoughts do if it means too much to you? What an exquisite composition of arguments and motivations.

    and later Sarah to Matt: "and they'll topple you the minute they find a fault in it"

    This film burns with intensity almost everyone is sweating from the beginning. The entire courtroom is in the…


  • SJHoneywell

    ★★★★★ Added by SJHoneywell

    The Scopes Monkey Trial
    Through mildly fictional lens.
    A true masterpiece.



  • Emmett Foss

    ★★★★½ Watched by Emmett Foss 27 Jan, 2015

    Great movie. Spencer, March, and Kelly all give wonderful performances.


  • Armpit (aka Ingmar)

    ★★★ Watched by Armpit (aka Ingmar) 20 Jan, 2015

    Rather than being an agnostic wet dream as a member of my English class claimed (his phrasing was a little different), Inherit the Wind is a commentary on fanaticism, and the need to be open-minded. Religion is the backdrop, but by the end of the film ignorant devotees and cruel skeptics alike are criticized by the Stanley Kramer. As is the case in all his films, the message is blunt, but powerful nonetheless.

    I often found myself admiring Ernest Laszlo's…


  • Timothy85

    ★★★ Rewatched by Timothy85 20 Jan, 2015

    Back in the days when Stanley Kramer was one of my favourite directors and Fredric March one of my favourite actors, I often gave this as an example of my least favourite work of both both actor and director. But, in the intervening years I have found an affinity for it. Much like Karmer's other message movies, it sacrificies subtlety for grandstanding. But, also like Kramer's most successful films (The Defiant Ones, On the Beach, Judgement at Nuremberg), the message…


  • Jake Mulligan

    ★★★ Watched by Jake Mulligan 31 Dec, 2014

    Hardly radical, but far more conflicted and jagged than Kramer's reputation would suggest. Reviewed the Blu-ray for EDGE.


  • FakeRobHunter

    ★★★ Watched by FakeRobHunter 03 Jan, 2015

    A bit too simple at times and doesn't always exist on a level playing field, but it's a sharp, witty and fast-moving slice of history all the same.

    Worth it for Spencer Tracy's George C. Scott impression alone.