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The 1925 Scopes Trial is the basis for Inherit The Wind. Bertram T.Cates (Dick York) is a young teacher on trial for his instruction of Darwin's theory of relativity in a small Southern town. Attorney Henry Drummond (Spencer Tracy) is called to defend the young scholar against the wave of fundamentals Bible belt conservatism. Matthew H. Brady (Fredric March) is the popular three time presidential candidate prosecuting Cates. In sweltering heat, the esteemed attorneys engage in gripping courtroom drama. Gene Kelly plays a cynical newspaper reporter covering the historic proceedings.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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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