• 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Nicholas Vass

    ★★★★ Watched by Nicholas 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…

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  • Alex Krajci

    ★★★★ Watched by Alex Krajci 13 Apr, 2014

    I Like 1960's Inherit The Wind.

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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…

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  • loureviews

    ★★★★½ Added by loureviews

    This film - about the 'Monkey trial' of a teacher who supported the theory of evolution over the teachings of the Bible - has two great reasons for watching it. Spencer Tracy and Fredric March.

    Together or apart, they are wonderful sparring partners. The film has great pace and energy and there is never a dull moment. Simply a joy to watch.

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  • Thomas Ringdal

    ★★★★ Watched by Thomas Ringdal 01 Sep, 2013

    The three main men are absolutely outstanding and in the hands of a less preachy director this might've rivalled 12 Angry Men.
    Drunk History spoiled it somewhat, believe it or not. Is that sad?
    First time ever I had the pleasure of Gene Kelly's company and the fact he held his own inbetween those two giants was a pleasant surprise.

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  • evlkeith

    ★★★½ Watched by evlkeith 16 Sep, 2012

    Based on the 1925 "monkey trial", not the one in Darlington which actually involved a real monkey but the one in Tennessee where teacher John T. Scopes was put on trial for teaching Darwinism. The real-life story has been fictionalised with events changed and new characters added to pep it up a smidge.

    Bertram Cates is a school teacher who tells his class that humans are descendants of apes. The Christian fundamentalist townsfolk are not best pleased and bang him…

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