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Inherit the Wind (1999)

PG | | Drama | TV Movie 29 May 1999
Based on a real-life case in 1925, two great lawyers argue the case for and against a science teacher accused of the crime of teaching evolution.

Director:

Daniel Petrie (as Daniel Petrie Sr.)

Writers:

Jerome Lawrence (play), Robert E. Lee (play) | 2 more credits »
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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Lemmon ... Henry Drummond
George C. Scott ... Matthew Harrison Brady
Lane Smith ... Reverend Jeremiah Brown
Tom Everett Scott ... Bertram Cates
Kathryn Morris ... Rachel Brown
John Cullum ... Judge Merle Coffey
Brad Greenquist ... Tom Davenport
David Wells ... Mayor Carter
Peter Mackenzie ... Jesse Dunlap
Dennis Cockrum ... Meeker
Steve Monroe ... Howard
Jim Meskimen ... Sauber
Royce D. Applegate ... George Sillers
Amzie Strickland Amzie Strickland ... Mrs. Krebs
Ronnie Claire Edwards ... Mrs. Haley
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Storyline

This is another re-enactment of the play about the trial in 1925 of a school teacher who dared to teach Darwinian theory in his classroom. He did this as a consequence of one of his student's request to know... The student was a lad named 'Stebbins', and the trial (dubbed the 'Monkey Trial') pitted the great attorney of the day, Clarence Darrow, against the often running presidential candidate, and famous orator, William Jennings Bryan. Written by BOB STEBBINS <stebinsbob@aol.com>

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The Landmark Trial That Forever Changed A Nation.

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language and thematic material | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 May 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Last film of George C. Scott. See more »

Quotes

Henry Drummond: He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind and the fool shall be servant to the wise in heart.
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Version of Inherit the Wind (1988) See more »

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This play is absolutely timeless! It's more relevant today than ever!
25 June 2005 | by 17268See all my reviews

It would be hard to botch "Inherit the Wind," especially with this cast. Lemmon is not as great as Spencer Tracy in the original movie-- but then who would be? However, George Scott Scott far surpasses Frederick March. Scott is the best Brady I have seen in numerous versions of the play/movie, and the ONLY one who managed to make Brady a sympathetic character and not merely a buffoon. Wonderful, too-frequently-seen Piper Laurie makes a great deal of the relatively thankless role of Mrs. Brady. What a terrible waste that Hollywood didn't know what to do with her. After "Until They Sail," especially "The Hustler," and various other roles leading and supporting, she should have been a major star. One can only hope that she chose to pursue a private life rather than a career.

In the political climate of today--2005--"Inherit the Wind" has a great deal to say. Is anyone listening?


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