• Pete Laurie

    ★★★½ Watched by Pete Laurie 19 Mar, 2015

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

    I decided I needed to see more movies made before the 70s. One day, when I couldn’t think of any, I decided to watch a random movie I’d never heard that had been nominated for, but not won, the Best Picture Oscar. I quick google of “Academy Awards 1960” (year chosen randomly) and I ended up watching Inherit the Wind. I’ve talked about the virtues of watching a movie with no preconceptions here before, and Inherit the Wind just solidified…


  • Cameron M. Gambas Johnson

    ★★★★½ Added by Cameron M. Gambas Johnson

    Drummond for the win.


  • Luke McCarthy

    ★★★★★ Watched by Luke McCarthy 20 Mar, 2015

    This is conventional hollywood filmmaking at it's most expressive, immediate and raw. Two powerhouse performances working with a witty, verbose script, all elevated by absolutely impeccable direction from Stanley Kramer. A battle between clashing ideologies, Inherit the Wind never falls into the trap of being one-sided or preachy; it has an agenda, but never sacrifices character to make it's point. This mature take on religion is refreshing even today, and the film is just as critical of bitter cynics as…


  • Ian Salsbury

    ★★★★★ Watched by Ian Salsbury 19 Mar, 2015

    Based on true events in Bible Belt America during the mid twenties this is the gripping account of the arrest and trial of a young man for teaching evolution in his local school. The case draws interest (and some derision) internationally and attracts the services of two renowned lawyers.

    This is a real powerhouse of a movie with simply sensational performances from Spencer Tracy and Fredric March. Watching the pair of them go at each other on the court room…


  • 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…


  • Nicole

    Rewatched by Nicole 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.