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Inherit The Wind [DVD]

Spencer Tracy , Fredric March , Stanley Kramer    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Spencer Tracy, Fredric March, Gene Kelly, Dick York, Donna Anderson
  • Directors: Stanley Kramer
  • Writers: Harold Jacob Smith, Jerome Lawrence, Nedrick Young, Robert E. Lee
  • Producers: Stanley Kramer
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 3 May 2004
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001P1BQ6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,838 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Film adaptation of a stage play based on the Scopes 'Monkey trial' of 1925. When Tennessee schoolteacher Bertram T. Cates (Dick York) is put on trial for teaching Darwin's theory of evolution, the prosecuting counsel appointed is fundamentalist politician Matthew Harrison Brady (Fredric March). While Brady stirs the town up into a religious fervour against Cates, the liberal Henry Drummond (Spencer Tracy) earns the wrath of the townsfolk by defending the teacher. Cynical journalist E.K. Hornbeck (Gene Kelly) is sent to cover the trial, which takes place in a sweltering courtroom where passions run as high as the temperature.

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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great film and, amazingly, still topical... 12 Oct 2007
As courtroom dramas go, this is unsurpassable: 'JFK', 'Anatomy of a Murder', even Spencer Tracy's later masterful performance in 'Judgement at Nuremberg'...none are quite as good as this. What makes it remarkable is that the trial of John Scopes for teaching evolutionary theory in Tennessee happened in 1925 and ought to feel like old history - but it isn't! America is still full of creationists who believe every word of the Old Testament is literally true - in many polls, it is the MINORITY in the States who side with Darwin.

In fact, this film is very balanced in terms of faith and science: it doesn't kick the Book of Genesis out completely. From today's perspective, here in a largely secular UK, parts of it seem a little quaint, not least the final revelation that Spencer Tracy's defence lawyer is actually a bit of a Bible buff deep down. Clarence Darrow, the real lawyer on whom Tracy's character is based, was rather less sentimental. I also suspect that Gene Kelly's big city journalist was intended at the time to be unpleasantly cynical, but by today's standards he seems spot on - his parting line is brilliant!

Of course, the film plays a little fast and loose with what happened in the real trial (which is presumably why all the names have been changed). It is still, however, a masterful piece of work, with scintillating dialogue and real drama - as topical today as when it was made.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don�t monkey around with religion 18 Jun 2003
By bernie VINE VOICE
Format:VHS Tape
This film is based on the play by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee about the 1925, Scopes Monkey Trial. It is tricky to keep the differences between this play and the real trial apart in one's mind. Spencer Tracy (Henry Drummond) and Fredric March (Matthew Harrison Brady) spar over the legality of teaching of evolution in Tennessee. This combination is guaranteed to keep you glued to your seat. In this movie Scopes, while teaching evolution to a high-school biology class is arrested and placed in jail.
Some time the other characters get lost in the shuffle yet one other will show through. That is Gene Kelley who plays E. K. Hornbeck who reports the trial.
I will not give a blow by blow of the trail but to say it gets rather heated and is broken up with several adjournments with time to reflect on what was said and going to be said.
If you are interested in the real thing then read Scopes Autobiography "Center of the Storm."
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And absolute work of genius! 27 Sep 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This is one of my favourite films. The best thing about it is undeniably the incredibly written script, eloquent and thought provoking in the extremes. And the actors are all perfect. Spencer Tracey and Fredric March are incredible actors portraying the the friends on opposing sides of a court case, and I reckon this is Gene Kelly's best role as the sharp cynical reporter from New York. Overall this is a stunning film!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Film of Misleading Book 30 Nov 2007
Format:VHS Tape
This is a really good film in all aspects. If you watch it simply as a very well produced film version of a fictional book, it is great to sit back and admire the quality of the work.

Some reviewers however do appear to have been misled into believing that the plot in some way matches the facts of the actual events of the famous Stopes trial. This is the fault of the book and misleading information over the years rather than the film per se, although there is no more attempt to inform the viewer of the film of this than there is the reader of the original play. if you have any doubt about the disparity between this fiction and the facts, watch the film, research the details of the actual people involved and read the genuine trial transcripts (everything is available in the public domain). As well as enjoying good cinema you may well then ask which people would spend so much time and money to try to blur the real historical facts with this particular fictional version and thus (apparently continue to) mislead many people and why they would wish to do so, rather than dramatising the event as it actually occurred. This background can then be related to more recent news items concerning debates on the subject of teaching of Origins on both sides of the Atlantic. You may well find the film much more thought provoking even than some of the other reviewers have suggested!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Crisis Of Conscience 12 Sep 2011
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Hot on the heels of his `On The Beach', Stanley Kramer brings us `Inherit The Wind'.

This is a fine courtroom drama and much more, pitting theology against science. Filmed in B&W, Spencer Tracy heads an entirely believable cast of characters, who work a witty and insightful script to the full. An unexpected surprise is Gene Kelly featured in a rare straight role as a cynical reporter. The plot is based upon a true case of a US teacher prosecuted for teaching evolution at school (in the 20th century, would you believe).

Kramer's is a timeless movie where the pyrotechnics are exclusively cerebral. If anyone thinks that special-effects and big bangs are needful entertainment, this is the stuff to prove the opposite. I just thought the ending flagged a little.

The DVD supplied by Amazon was satisfactory in all respects. Soundtrack is claimed to have been restored, but is still in original mono. Run-time is given as 123mins, Viewer rating is `U'. There are no extras.

Recommended. Less than [] quid at time of purchase.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
This is amongst the best movies of all time. The acting was just terrific. The story, based on a true court case, was really well done.
Published 2 months ago by Patrick Brady
5.0 out of 5 stars classic
spencer tracy at his best but what happened in this film would not happen in schools today watching this film years ago it was like being glued to my seat i just could not switch... Read more
Published 6 months ago by william
5.0 out of 5 stars Give me that old-time religion
Two brilliant performances by Spencer Tracy and Frederick March highlight the conflict which typifies America to this day. Read more
Published 8 months ago by lycidas
4.0 out of 5 stars Review "Inherit the Wind"
A movie of depth,very well acted and rather fiery court scenes , intolerance, bigotory ,polarization of beliefs
It is. immensely entertaining provocative,
Published 8 months ago by judith mccully
5.0 out of 5 stars An old film.
What a delight this DVD is, the old film was real class, actors who held your attention throughout, and the subject is well served.
Published 11 months ago by J. Hawkey
2.0 out of 5 stars NOT MY CUP OF TEA
Published 12 months ago by Peter Williams
3.0 out of 5 stars A well acted old movie...but...
I watched this as it is often referred to in the 'Intelligent Design vs Evolution' debate; a new movie has been made called 'Alleged' which provides a proper portrayal according to... Read more
Published 12 months ago by David A
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Another classic DVD all the family can enjoy. One for all occasions at a great price as well. Highly recommended.
Published 13 months ago by Wayne
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant & Thought Provoking
This is a landmark film in terms of the subject matter and the acting. It tackles a fundamental (and fundamentalist) subject in a simultaneously humorous and serious manner and the... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Dennis Talbot
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking!
Fabulous script, amazing direction, and superb acting. It is not just a courtroom drama. It is about a way of life and making choices.
Published 15 months ago by Preeti Singh
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