Inherit the Wind

Inherit the Wind

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Director: Stanley Kramer

Cast: Spencer Tracy, Fredric March, Gene Kelly

     
 

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Spencer Tracy and Fredric March square off with man vs. monkey in the classic 1960 drama Inherit the Wind. MGM has cleaned up this 1.66:1 non-anamorphic print with above-average effect. While there is a surprising lack of grain, dirt, or scratches (except for the very beginning of the film), it is still a shame to see this film ignored in the anamorphicSee more details below

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Spencer Tracy and Fredric March square off with man vs. monkey in the classic 1960 drama Inherit the Wind. MGM has cleaned up this 1.66:1 non-anamorphic print with above-average effect. While there is a surprising lack of grain, dirt, or scratches (except for the very beginning of the film), it is still a shame to see this film ignored in the anamorphic enhancement department. However, the black-and-whites are very pleasing to the eye and should make fans happy. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono and sounds flat and uninspired. However, since this film is a dialogue-driven drama, the lack of a full-scale sound mix can be forgiven. Also included on this disc are French and Spanish subtitles. The only extra feature available on this DVD is a theatrical trailer for the film featuring director Stanley Kramer (doing an Alfred Hitchcock-like cameo) elaborating about his film.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Bruce Eder
Stanley Kramer's Inherit The Wind is the topical movie that has aged better than almost anything else in Kramer's directorial output. In contrast to most of the social-issue films that he directed, including On the Beach, Inherit the Wind often seems as immediate and gripping as it did in 1960, mostly because its issues have not gone away. Adapted from the hit play by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee, the film is exceptionally true to its source, with virtually all the second half confined to the courtroom. It is a tribute to Kramer's often underrated skill as a director, as well as to the material and the cast, led by Spencer Tracy, Fredric March, and Gene Kelly, that the movie never lets up in tension or focus. The film also benefits from some vivid and convincing performances by the supporting cast: March's wife Florence Eldridge as Brady's wife, Donna Anderson as the woman betrothed to the accused school teacher, Claude Akins as her minister father, Dick York as the accused teacher, and Hope Summers, Ray Teal, and William Fawcett as various small town types. This is a model of how every faithful screen adaptation of a play should look.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/11/2001
UPC:
0027616869388
Original Release:
1960
Rating:
NR
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time:
2:08:00

Special Features

Original theatrical trailer; English: mono; French: mono; Spanish: mono; French & Spanish language subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Spencer Tracy Henry Drummond
Fredric March Matthew Harrison Brady
Gene Kelly E.K. Hornbeck
Florence Eldridge Sarah Brady
Dick York Bertram T. Cates
Henry "Harry" Morgan Judge
Donna Anderson Rachel Brown
Philip Coolidge Mayor
Elliott Reid Davenport
Claude Akins Rev. Jeremiah Brown
Paul Hartman Meeker
Jimmy Boyd Howard
Noah Beery Stebbins
Gordon Polk Sillers
Ray Teal Dunlap
Norman Fell Radio Announcer
Hope Summers Mrs. Krebs
Renee Godfrey Mrs. Stebbins
Donald Elson Actor

Technical Credits
Stanley Kramer Director,Producer
Clem Beauchamp Production Manager
Ernest Gold Score Composer
Joe King Costumes/Costume Designer
Frederic Knudtson Editor
Ernest Laszlo Cinematographer
Harold Jacob Smith Screenwriter
Rudolph Sternad Production Designer
Ned Young Screenwriter

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Main Title/Monkey Trial [:09]
2. The Making of a Martyr [7:42]
3. Welcome Matthew Brady [6:21]
4. Fear of Falling [7:09]
5. Devil and Devolution [3:11]
6. The Twelfth Juror [6:29]
7. The Loneliest Feeling [11:55]
8. On the Sixth Day... [7:51]
9. "Golden Dancer and I" [4:34]
10. A Boy's Right to Think [:16]
11. Rachel's Twisted Words [3:59]
12. "Agnostic Scientists!" [8:31]
13. The Bible Defense [7:01]
14. "Brady Is a Fake" [11:51]
15. The Verdict & the End [19:28]
16. Alone and Smirking [5:24]

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