• 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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  • MARTIN BRADLEY

    ★★★★ Added by MARTIN BRADLEY

    Very didactic but such a ripe entertainment it's hugely enjoyable all the same. INHERIT THE WIND is another of Stanley Kramer's 'problem' pictures, this one dealing with what became known as the Tennessee Monkey Trail in which a young school-teacher was prosecuted for teaching Darwin's theory. He was defended by the great Clarence Darrow while the prosecutor was three-times Democratic presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan. In this somewhat fictionalised version Darrow becomes Henry Drummond while Byran is now Matthew Harrison…

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  • Steve Grzesiak

    ★★★★½ Watched by Steve Grzesiak 01 Jun, 2013

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    I apologise in advance if this ends up being less a review and more a love-letter to Spencer Tracy. Actually, I don't. Not nearly enough Spencer Tracy worship on Letterboxd for my liking.

    A viewing of Inherit The Wind was something that I viewed with a certain amount of trepidation. Not because of any worries about its quality or anything of that sort. No, it was more to do with…

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  • anne_f_

    ★★★★½ Watched by anne_f_ 23 Apr, 2013

    I didn't realise that this is the fictionalisation of a real (1925) court case until after the film had finished. It's an astonishing film, and very sad that nearly 90 years later the same arguments about creation as laid out in the Old Testament and evolution as suggested by Charles Darwin are still argued over. Powerful performances.

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