Editors' pick

Inherit the Wind

Inherit the Wind movie poster
MPAA rating: PG
Genre: Drama
Based on the real life "Scopes Monkey Trial" of 1925, this Academy Award nominee features a fundamentalist orator squaring off against a defense attorney whose client is a high school science teacher accused of teaching Darwin's theory of evolution to his students.
Starring: Spencer Tracy, Frederic March, Gene Kelly
Director: Stanley Kramer
Running time: 2:07
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Editorial Review

The NIH Disease of the Week film series is veering into other scientific territory - namely, evolution. We don't mind, though, when they do it via one of the greatest movies ever made. "Inherit the Wind" tells the story - with some names changed - of the Scopes Monkey Trial, wherein a Tennessee teacher was tried and convicted of the crime of teaching evolution in schools. Spencer Tracy stars.

-- Fiona Zublin (July 27, 2009)