Special Showing

Inherit the Wind

Monday, April 10 at 6pm

Loosely based on the 1925 trial of John Scopes in Tennessee, Inherit the Wind tells the story of a teacher in a small town who is brought to trial for teaching Darwinism. Williams alum Ed Larson, author of a Pulitzer Prize-winning book about the trial and the film, will provide commentary after the screening about the cultural impact of both the trial and the movie. This event is sponsored by Phi Beta Kappa, the Lecture Committee, the Undergraduate Neighborhoods, and the Departments of Biology, History, and Religion at Williams College.

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Inherit the Wind

Starring: Spencer Tracy, Frederic March, Gene Kelly

Two-time Best Actor Oscar winners Spencer Tracy and Fredric March go toe-to-toe in this thrilling retelling of the most titanic courtroom battle of the century. Garnering four Academy Award nominations, Inherit the Wind was loosely based on the 1925 trial of John Scopes in Dayton, Tennessee. This film, widely considered as a commentary on the cultural wars that still plague America, tells the story of a teacher in a small town who is brought to trial for teaching Darwinism. The controversial subject of evolution versus creation leads to an explosive battle of beliefs and laws in this compelling classic. Williams alum Ed Larson, author of the Pulitzer Prize winning-book Summer for the Gods about the Scopes Trial and Inherit the Wind, will provide commentary after the movie about the cultural impact of both the trial and the movie.

  • Director: Stanley Kramer
  • Rating: PG
  • Runtime: 2 hours 8 minutes
  • Genre: Drama

“What is astonishing in this 1960 film is the gutsy way it engages in ideas, pulls no punches in its language, and allows the characters long and impassioned speeches. There are a lot of words here, well-written and spoken, and not condescending to the audience. Both Tracy and March vent an anger and passion through their characters that ventures beyond acting into holy zeal.”

– RogerEbert.com

This event is sponsored by Phi Beta Kappa, the Lecture Committee, the Undergraduate Neighborhoods, and the Departments of Biology, History, and Religion at Williams College.