Overall Rank: 1140
Average Rating: 3/4
# of Ratings: 64
Theatrical Release Date: 11/01/1960
Genre: Drama, Historical
MPAA Rating: PG
Director: Stanley Kramer
Actors: Spencer Tracy, Fredric March, Gene Kelly, Dick York, Donna Anderson, Harry Morgan
Plot: Based on the Scopes trial which took place in the '20s: Creationism versus Evolution. -- MaceeRae
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Yojimbo - wrote on 11/16/2012
Inherit The Wind tackles a fascinating topic as the worlds of science and religion collide over the teaching of the theory of evolution in American schools. Very stagy but thought provoking without being judgemental and Gene Kelly provides able support as a cynical reporter. It's astonishing to think that the debate is still going on half a century later...
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Indyfreak - wrote on 02/19/2015
Stanley Kramer's courtroom drama fixates on the dichotomy of science and religion, specifically evolution. Based on a play that fictionalizes the historic Scopes trial of 1925, screen legends Spencer Tracy and Frederic March spar with one another on the issue as to whether a schoolteacher on trial ought to be penalized for teaching evolution to his students.
The script benefits from the fact that it addresses the conflict not as a matter of science vs. religion but rather freedom of speech and freedom of thought being threatened even if unintentionally. It certainly (and thankfully) does not paint creationism in a positive light but it's not entirely negative but more misguided and fueled by zealousness rather than pure ignorance.
The characters are all given personal reasons for …
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