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5.0 out of 5 stars A great film and, amazingly, still topical..., 12 Oct 2007
This review is from: Inherit The Wind [DVD] (DVD)
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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Initial post: 16 Dec 2011 21:10:17 GMT
Last edited by the author on 16 Dec 2011 21:17:42 GMT
David A says:
The reality is that Inherit the Wind was and is an underhand means of stigmatizing people of faith. 'Fast and loose with what happened in the real trial' is to suggest 'hearsay is nearly evidence'. In the world of defending a 'God of creation' position i.e. a position that upholds the science of the 'big bang' and posits a transcendant creator as the first cause of biological life against the plethora of unanswerable evolutinary gaps, one forever has to battle 'the Scopes trial' a la Inherit the wind'. What really happened? At last a non-idealist presentation of the actual facts that puts the record straight, namely the DVD 'Alleged'. For good science and a balanced perspective on science and creation listen to the audio at www.reasons.org and for rebuttles of the evolutionary (full of gaps) theory listen to audio at www.idthefuture.com

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In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jan 2012 19:48:34 GMT
The evidence for evolution by natural selection whilst not being 100% absoltely watertight is, nevertheless, so compelling as to be virtually unassailable!
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