Rent Inherit the Wind (1960)

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Synopsis:
The controversial subject of evolution versus creation causes two polar opposites to engage in one explosive battle of beliefs. Attorney Henry Drummond (Spencer Tracy) faces off against fundamentalist leader Matthew Harrison Brady (Frederic March) in a small Tennessee town where a teacher has been brought to trial for teaching Darwinism. Let the trial begin...and watch the sparks fly!
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Stanley Kramer
Writers:
Nedrick Young, Harold Jacob Smith, Jerome Lawrence, Robert E. Lee
Others:
Ernest Laszlo, Frederic Knudtson
Studio:
MGM
Genres:
Classics, Drama
Awards:

1960 Berlinale Silver Bear for Best Actor

BBFC:
Release Date:
03/05/2004
Run Time:
123 minutes
Languages:
English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
Subtitles:
Dutch, English Hard of Hearing, French, Greek, Romanian
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
B & W
BBFC:
Release Date:
21/05/2018
Run Time:
128 minutes
Languages:
English LPCM Mono
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.66:1
Colour:
B & W
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • A new video interview with film scholar Neil Sinyard
  • Original theatrical trailer

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Reviews (2) of Inherit the Wind

Undermined Somewhat by Gross Caricature - Inherit the Wind review by CV

Spoiler Alert
09/09/2020

The theme of the film, that of the right to challenge Biblical fundamentalism with contemporary science in the school classroom, seemed to be undermined by gross caricature. This effect may have resulted from adapting a stage play to the screen. However, it revealed how close fundamental literalism is tied up with political power and the theme is as relevant to today as it was then.

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Courtroom Drama. - Inherit the Wind review by Steve Mason

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Updated 11/09/2021

Period recreation of the 1925 Scopes monkey trial (with the names changed) which prosecuted a teacher for explaining Darwinism in a Christian fundamentalist school in Tennessee. Spencer Tracy defends the jailed teacher against an unrecognisable Fredric March as a prosecuting lawyer who believes in a literal interpretation of the Old Testament.

But there is a deeper issue on trial. Matthew Brady (March) claims that religion is a comfort for communities made wretched by poverty. But Brady is a politician. He offers no insight into how suffering might be relieved by other means. And solace isn't the role of the faith we see in Hillsboro, Tennessee. Christianity is a means of suppression and of spreading ignorance, bigotry and hate.  

Some of the ideas pass by a little too quickly. But for a film which is about a contest for the supremacy of ideas, it is extremely entertaining and the performances are a lot of fun, including Gene Kelly as an acerbic, loquacious news journalist. The real flaw in the film is it seeks to find a balance between Christianity and science, which isn't possible. 

There is a caustic, witty conclusion to the film, which really sums up its themes in an instant: when the frenzied Matthew Brady collapses in court,  a voice shouts out "Pray for a miracle and save our holy prophet" and another yells "Get a Doctor"!

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