Inherit the Wind is the 1960 drama loosely based on the 1925 Scopes Monkey Trial. High school science teacher Bertram Cates is arrested for teaching the theory of evolution in his classroom. The case is sent to trial and Henry Drummond is sent to defend Cates. Opposing them is Matthew Brady, a staunch foe of Darwinism and a biblical scholar. The trial seems to go Brady’s way, but Drummond is able to point out several flaws in the Bible when Brady is called to the stand. He becomes more and more confused. What will be the outcome of the trial?
While it’s a pretty good movie full of drama, it’s not completely historically accurate. This is too bad because it gives a good lesson on how you shouldn’t take the Bible literally. The screen writer is smart enough to pull all the stops in making drama because that’s what movie goers come to see. It’s still relevant because this debate is still going on today. Viewers who want a historically accurate movie should avoid this film; everyone else should at least rent it.
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