Inherit the Wind (1960) - Biography, Drama, History

Hohum Score

7

Engaging

Based on a real-life case in 1925, two great lawyers argue the case for and against a science teacher accused of the crime of teaching evolution.

IMDB: 8.1
Director: Stanley Kramer
Stars: Spencer Tracy, Fredric March
Length: 128 Minutes
PG Rating: N/A
Reviews: 20 out of 177 found boring (11.29%)

One-line Reviews (83)

There are few genres more exciting than a well-made courtroom drama, a melting-pot for sudden revelations, flaring tempers and impassioned monologues.

Some may thing March a little over the top but personally I find his performance one of the most riviting and engaging I have ever come across in film, he should have received an Oscar for this.

Which of these banal truths, I wonder, did Kramer mistake for a live issue, something worth making a film about?

Biased, shameful pro-Evolution propaganda.

There is a wonderful use of the evocative background music.

The legal back and forth as well as the ponderance of the question at hand, is it possible evolution is real, make for fascinating.

Bosley Crowther of the New York Times on (10/12/1960)said it best " Director Stanley Kramer has wonderfully accomplished not only a graphic fleshing of his theme, but he also has got one of the most brilliant and engrossing displays of acting ever witnessed on the screen....

" This is still a valid question raised by a truly great, thought provoking and most entertaining American film.

Another exciting trial movie.

This Movie and it's remake are among the worst movie travesties that exist and are pushed on us.

Yet if you are not careful, you will fall precisely into that trap, intuitively thinking the dialog is hack and the characters are cliché and formulaic.

What the movie boils down to is two very different yet compelling performances by two of the greats of classic cinema.

The best part of the movie, and of the play, was written by Darrow and Bryan long before Lawrence and Lee encumbered it with banal prejudice.

It is the acting though of Spencer Tracy and Fredric March that makes Inherit the Wind so worth watching.

How often do you see a film that truly does have a gripping basic premise, an excellent script, superb performances and memorable atmospheric direction?

* The way Inherit the Wind serves as pro-Evolution propaganda is a disgrace and slap in the face to film-making, God, Christianity, and mankind as a species.

It's a "horizon broadening" motion picture, totally captivating, intriguing and powerful.

Apart from the relevance of the central issue, the movie is engaging, funny and the performances are superb.

Certainly the most intense moments of the film are between Drummond and Brady, the two heavyweights going at it on and off the stand.

This is the new PBS and ACLU anthem, the triumph of humanism over stodgy old illogical unfair religion.

Watching Spencer Tracy is this film is simply mind boggling.

Probably the most intense and emotionally driven part of the film is the scene where Drummond has called Brady to testify.

A good courtroom drama is always entertaining, and this work by Kramer simmers away nicely.

This would have been a much more effective piece of communicative art, and a lot more entertaining, if it had turned down the volume and toned down the baleful banter.

The movie is obviously mocking propaganda and how gullible those who think they are smarter than others can become.

This is not art, this is propaganda.

Some of the legends of early film were notorious over-actors, and in my opinion, it made a lot of these early films unwatchable.

Whenever I get revolted with today's action packed movies with crashing cars and crazed convoluted scripts I pop in 'Inherit the Wind'.

Overall this is a compelling watchable movie.

Though it is sincere in its debunking of Creationist dumbo-jumbo, the movie proves itself more of an entertaining diversion than an historical document whereby, in an artful dodge, the world-girdling, bio-environmental process that it rallies for – Evolution itself – is never explained!

I suppose the romantic subplot is pointless and its only added value is to show how extreme some reactions get when driven by a feverish radicalism.

The debate between the two is endless and largely pointless.

In that, it is in the same category as, though less toxic than, propaganda films like "The Eternal Jew.

Intelligent, thoughtful and entertaining- Steve Bethell .

Stanley Kramer's Inherit the Wind is a riveting courtroom drama with both Spencer Tracy and Fredric March giving excellent performances throughout.

Tracy and Marsch illustrated the intense debate of religion and the mind's free thinking (Darwinism)with a realistic manner that delt with all the corners of the subjects.

Inherit the Wind is a totally compelling story of the traditional school of thought versus a new scientific one.

They lift an entertaining movie into the realms of something special.

The trial served its purpose of drawing intense national publicity, as national reporters flocked to Dayton to cover the big-name lawyers who had agreed to represent each side.

Any controversy aside, this is a compelling movie.

Where this film scores is in taking a subject that is potentially boring and making it compelling by virtue of the writing - it is an adaptation of a Broadway play - and acting which is top-of-the-line across the board.

Instead, the gross caricatures of fundamentalist "Christians" stereotyped as bug-eyed, lynch-mob fanatics, coupled with the smirking, sanctimonious pontificating of the Tracy and Gene Kelley characters, results in something that comes across more like hysterical propaganda than effective historical storytelling.

This film is worth watching for the performances alone, both driven and certainly some of the best ever committed to film.

A truly compelling scene that will leave a person drained from excitement.

I give the movie 9 out of 10 because it has taken me years to see the film as propaganda.

As a History major, I can say that the real story of the Scopes Trial is a lot more boring than this one, and would've made for a worse movie.

All in all, a very good film, relevant and worth watching for Tracy and March.

To me, this is a wonderfully entertaining classic that's just as enjoyable the first, second, and tenth time I watch it.

I have seen this film many times over and am always amazed by its compelling power.

Stunning acting from two old pros .

The resulting battles between evolutionists and creationists are predictable, but still engaging.

The people who seem to hate this movie because "it's to boring" might be happier with the latest summer "boobs and blood" film.

I highly recommend it.

We wouldn't put up with a work of Nazi propaganda that demonizes Jews, or a story that celebrates the lynching of a black man, or one that portrays gangs of "fags" preying on young men.

I can't stop watching this movie because the excellence of the acting and filmmaking is timelessly exciting.

The acting is mostly pedestrian and uninteresting, and a lot of key supporting roles are weirdly miscast.

Compelling movie .

Well-acted and directed film presents a thoughtful and compelling(if dramatically lopsided) presentation of the famous case and the people involved.

And it is riveting!

It's full of passionate speeches- it could also be said 'preachy' not too ironically enough in some scenes- and blazing courtroom scenes that are not very realistic (the way the lawyers speak and speechify to the jury and the people in the courtroom and, of course, the audience in the theater), but somehow they're highly enjoyable.

With the exception of the enjoyably smarmy Gene Kelly as journalist EK Hornbeck, I found the over-acting by the lead players tiresome.

You feel, meanwhile, that you are sweltering in the intense heat of the Deep South, as the sweat-stained shirts and huge fans captivate you in the same cloying atmosphere as the players.

It's a stunning portrayal of how closed mindedness and hatred cause so much harm and damage in the name of religion.

This is *not* educational, it's disgusting propaganda in it's worst form.

As a film buff the most entertaining thing for me to watch is a great story with great actors giving great performances as they battle against one another.

Could a movie *possibly* be any more disgusting and shameful propaganda?

The dialogue is sharp, witty, and each performance is gripping.

One of the great things about movies is that they allow us to understand other points of view, and to turn intellectual debate into entertaining drama.

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Propaganda at it's worst .

Undeniably entertaining if a little heavy-handed 'social conscience' movie from Stanley Kramer who was as reactionary in his liberalism as if he came from the Right, (he liked to thrust his ideas down our throats like some self-appointed guardian of all things moral and good).

With all that taken into consideration, it's still a handsome and gripping courtroom drama.

I find that really quite extraordinary, given the story on which it's based and the fascinating performances of the principals, Spencer Tracy and Fredric March.

I found York to be a bit contrived and overbearing while Morgan was excellent.

The fact that this actually happened makes it even more compelling.

Inherit the Wind is biased, shameful, pro-Evolution propaganda.

Yet this masterpiece was done in 1960, just before Tinsel Town went into a bikini-world, Doris Day and Jerry Lewis and Elvis featured, spy and comedy fest that was so dreadful it would take another two decades before it could once again start entertaining people.

The best scene in the film, for me, is that after a day of intense fighting in court, when they meet outside their hotel late at night and enjoy a friendly old-time reminiscence on the porch.

Tracy and March are at the top of their game and are fascinating characters to watch, in and out of their courtroom scenes.

in my final analysis this is a well acted well made propaganda film not worth the time it will take to watch it.

Don't waste your time with this propaganda piece unless you have read the transcript or watched Dr. David Menton's video entitled "Inherently Wind" which compares and contrasts the movie with the facts of the case.

Riveting performance by Spencer Tracy.

Stanley Kramer, that old cinematic do-gooder, preaches to the choir again in this fictionalized account of the Snopes monkey trials, and the result is a rip-roaringly entertaining film that lets us enjoy Spencer Tracy, craggy as a mountainside, give everyone a what for.