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Inherit the Wind (1999)

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Rated PG for language and thematic material.

Running Time
2 hours, 7 minutes

Country USA

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Genre: Drama, Religion, Courtroom, True Story, Law

Tagline: The Landmark Trial That Forever Changed A Nation.

Plot: The classic courtroom play by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee is given another film treatment (the first was in 1960 with Spencer Tracy) in this first-rate made-for-cable version from director Daniel Petrie; the story is based on the real-life Scopes Monkey trial that made history in 1925 and brought a small town teacher to the forefront of a great political and social debate. In the small southern town of Hillsboro, the "trial of the century" erupts when a young and idealistic school instructor, Bertram Cates (Tom Everett Scott), is arrested for teaching Darwinism and the theory of evolution in his classroom. Hillsboro becomes a media hot spot as two of the nation's legal masterminds take up the case. George C. Scott stars as Matt Brady (based on real-life orator and politician William Jennings Bryan), a Bible-thumping political zealot who preaches against Darwin and the practices of the young teacher, while Jack Lemmon stars as Henry Drummond (based on legal legend Clarence Darrow), a liberal atheist who defends Cates and the notion of free speech. Drummond and Brady are long-time friends and political peers who find themselves fiercely divided over this issue. After heated political and spiritual debates, the trial is decided, making national headlines and changing the

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 Directed by
Daniel Petrie
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 Written by
Jerome Lawrence
Inherit the Wind, Mame, First Monday in October
Robert E. Lee
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Jack Lemmon
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George C. Scott
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Piper Laurie
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Beau Bridges
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Tom Everett Scott
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Kathryn Morris
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John Cullum
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 Music By
Laurence Rosenthal
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