“He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind and the fool shall be servant to the wise in heart.” – Henry Drummond
Number of Times Seen – 1 (21 Apr 2022)
Brief Synopsis – After a local teacher is arrested for teaching Evolution, two famous lawyers descend upon a small Bible worshiping town in order to plead both sides of the case.
My Take on it – This is such an amazing play and despite the world having changed so much in the century since the real scopes Monkey Trial, the story is still quite profound and powerful.
This version of the play that features George C. Scott and Jack Lemmon is almost as great as the original film version with Spencer Tracy and Fredric march from 37 years earlier.
The beauty of this story is the dialogue where they are able to have the characters joust verbally the whole way through about the various merits of both sides of the case.
I am a firm believer that remakes are never necessary and don’t add anything new to an already perfect story.
This film fits in with that idea eventhough both Scott and Lemmon are both able to bring something fresh and unique to each of their characters.
The film does add a few intriguing ideas to the story, most notably some of the political and communal aspects of the town which adds a bit to getting an understanding of who these people are and why they do what they do.
I always find it ironic how much the world has changed in the past Century since this same case would be the exact opposite if it were to land in a court in the world we now live in.
It says much about the way that the world has evolved over the years and right ro wrong, it sasy so much about the progressive nature of things as time goes by.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – According to Piper Laurie, both Jack Lemmon and George C. Scott were in poor health during filming. However, she claimed that while Lemmon frequently forgot his lines, Scott despite being very weak and tired never forgot his. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)
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This is a great film and works against any thoughts of not remaking classics. The performances and direction are so strong.
I had the pleasure of also seeing the play on stage in NYC with Christopher Plummer and Brian Dennehy- an unforgettable experience.
Thank you for the informative review.
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