Inherit the Wind
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The Evolution vs. Creationism argument is at the center of the Jerome Lawrence-Robert E. Lee Broadway play Inherit the Wind. Lawrence and Lee's inspiration was the 1925 "Monkey Trial," in which Tennessee schoolteacher John Scopes was arrested for teaching Darwin's theory of evolution in violation of state law. Scopes deliberately courted arrest to challenge what he and his supporters saw as an unjust law, and the trial became a national cause when The Baltimore Sun, represented by the famed (and atheistic) journalist H. L. Mencken, hired attorney Clarence Darrow to defend… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

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"Spencer Tracy does his cuddly curmudgeon turn as Clarence Darrow; it's a lazy, vague performance, but its wit provides the only crack of light in the film's somber, gray overcast."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Director Stanley Kramer can't overcome the trepidations of a verbose courtroom drama, so he lets his two actors, Spencer Tracy and Fredric March dominate and go at each other, pretending it's a deep play of ideas."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"An all time classic"
‑ Lori Hoffman, Atlantic City Weekly
"Extraordinarly vivid, rich, and wise about the core questions of how we know and who we are."
‑ Nell Minow, Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
"Inherit the Wind is well crafted and can entertain even the most jaded of modern audiences."
‑ Christopher Null,
"Tolerably gripping in its old-fashioned way, thanks chiefly to old pro performances from Tracy and March as the rival lawyers and ideologists."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Stagey yes, but powerful Tracy and March acting + subject matter make this a must see."
‑ Steve Crum,
"Tracy and March turn in superlative performances, each trying to upstage the other."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A most worthwhile film, if for no other reason, because it provides a great opportunity to watch Tracy and March go at it in a most entertaining fashion."
‑ Brian Webster, Apollo Guide
"Inherit the Wind (1960) portrays the famous and dramatic courtroom "Monkey Trial" battle (in the summer of 1925 in Dayton, Tennessee)"
‑ Tim Dirks, Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
"Knock-out courtroom drama has deft comic touches."
‑ Ellen MacKay, Common Sense Media
"Absorbing, if long-winded courtroom drama bolstered by two fine central performances from Tracy and March."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Director Kramer at his most unbearably high-minded and ostentatious"
‑ Jake Euker, F5 (Wichita, KS)
"Producer-director Stanley Kramer ably handles the incendiary material visually, making good use of deep focus and careful compositions"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
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