Inherit the Wind
Inherit the Wind (1960)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: November 1, 1960
DVD Release Date: December 11, 2001
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

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.

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Emanuel Levy

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.

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Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly

An all time classic

Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Tolerably gripping in its old-fashioned way, thanks chiefly to old pro performances from Tracy and March as the rival lawyers and ideologists.

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Steve Crum

Stagey yes, but powerful Tracy and March acting + subject matter make this a must see.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Tracy and March turn in superlative performances, each trying to upstage the other.

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Ellen MacKay
Common Sense Media

Knock-out courtroom drama has deft comic touches.

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TV Guide

Absorbing, if long-winded courtroom drama bolstered by two fine central performances from Tracy and March.

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Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)

Director Kramer at his most unbearably high-minded and ostentatious

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Carlos Magalh„es
This wonderfully-written film was daring for the time it came out and remains relevant in our times, as it exposes religion and bigotry as a hindrance to human… More
Kevin M. Williams
Based on the famous Scopes 'monkey trial" of 1925 ("the good ol'days! man, i wish we could go back!") this serious work suffers from… More
Bathsheba Monk
Saw this for perhaps the fourth time, this time part of a DVD binge during a snowed in winter. Amazing how little has changed since 1925 when the "Monkey… More
Jim Hunter
A Tennessee teacher violates a law against teaching evolution. What is most remarkable about <i>Inherit the Wind</i> is its progressive politics,… More
Spencer S.
Even for the sixties this film was a hotbed of turmoil and religious fervor, though the story it was based upon was already forty years old. Science and reason… More
familiar stranger
Stanley Kramer comes up with yet another masterpiece. I wish I'd heard of this movie earlier. IMO, it's a hidden gem. But (given its subject matter) I… More

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