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Inherit the Wind (1988)

Not Rated | | Drama, History | TV Movie 20 March 1988
A biblical orator opposes a liberal lawyer defending a man for teaching Darwinism in the 1920s South.

Director:

David Greene

Writers:

Jerome Lawrence (play), Robert E. Lee (play) | 1 more credit »
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Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kirk Douglas ... Matthew Harrison Brady
Jason Robards ... Henry Drummond
Darren McGavin ... E.K. Hornbeck
John Harkins ... Judge
Megan Follows ... Rachel Brown
Kyle Secor ... Bertram Cates
Michael Ensign ... Reverend Brown
Don Hood ... Mayor
Jean Simmons ... Lucy Brady
Josh Clark ... Davenport
Scotch Byerley Scotch Byerley ... Meeker
Ebbe Roe Smith ... Dunlap
Douglas Dirkson ... Mr. Bannister
Richard Lineback ... Sillers
Tom McCleister ... Bailiff (as Thom McCleister)
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Storyline

A teacher has taught about evolution in a small town in Tennessee. He has violated state law by doing this. Two great lawyers appear, one to assist in his defense, the other to help prosecute him. The town is divided in many ways which become apparent as the trial progresses. This is a dramatization of the Scopes Monkey Trial that pitted William Jennings Bryan against Clarence Darrow in a real case. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Drama | History

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 March 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Brady-Skandal See more »

Filming Locations:

Jacksonville, Oregon, USA See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The real William Jennings Bryan ran for President three times: 1896, 1900, and 1908. Bryan was the first Presidential candidate to extensively barnstorm during a Presidential campaign in an era when most candidates did not. Although it's suggested that he might be contemplating a run in the next election, which would have been in 1928, it's highly unlikely. He did serve in public office twice - as Congressman from Nebraska from 1891 to 1895 and as Secretary of State under Woodrow Wilson from 1913 to 1915, when he resigned over the country's policy toward Germany after the Lusitania was sunk. Despite his fundamentalist Christian beliefs, he was considered as Liberal and Progressive, supporting anti-Imperialist policies and trust-busting. See more »

Quotes

Matthew Harrison Brady: Your Honor, I wish Mr. Drummond to have all the latitude he wants. We know what he's after. He's here to condemn revealed religion. I am here to defend it. Well, let him ask any question he may wish. I am perfectly willing to sit here and protect the world of God against the greatest atheist in the United States! Let him sneer. Let him show his disrespect.
[Turns to Drummond]
Matthew Harrison Brady: You're only pleading the case of the prosecution with your contempt for all that is holy.
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20 June 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Inherit the Wind (1988)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

The second of three remakes of the 1960 Spencer Tracy/Frederic March film once again takes a look at the infamous Scopes trial. The film centers on a teacher who is arrested for teaching the theory of evolution. A religious prosecutor (Kirk Douglas) takes on the defender (Jason Robards) in a case about the right to think. I personally think that the 1960 film is one of the greatest movies ever made and it contains some of the most powerful actor of any movie ever made. It would be rather silly to go into the remake expecting anything as powerful but this film actually comes pretty close. The film has been slightly rewritten and it takes a look at the case from a different side but the movie remains quite powerful and contains some very good acting. The only real problem here is that the movie only runs around 96-minutes, which means we lose some character development. The actual real case has pretty much been proved as a fraud but it certainly makes for an interesting debate, which carries over very well to film. I think, like the original film, this one is a bit too one sided and shows the religious aspect unfairly but while saying this there's no doubt that the original trial showed evolution in an unfair way. As I said earlier, I think both Tracy and March delivered two of the most powerful performances in the history of film but Robards and Douglas do great work here. Douglas really gets into his character so much that you feel as if you're watching the real guy and not Douglas giving a performance. His speech in the church early on is among some of the best preaching I've seen from any actor or any real preacher. Robards was an excellent choice to go up against Douglas and he too delivers a strong performance and the two men together, during the final courtrooms scene, contain enough fireworks to really get your blood pumping. Darren McGavin, John Harkins, Megan Follows and Gene Simmons all add great supporting in their performances. In the end, this film is far from the 1960 version but it's still a very good little gem with great performances and an always interesting story.


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