Inherit the WindBook - 1975
The accused was a slight, frightened man who had deliberately broken the law. His trial was a Roman circus. The chief gladiators were two great legal giants of the century. Like two bull elephants locked in mortal combat, they bellowed and roared imprecations and abuse. The spectators sat uneasily in the sweltering heat with murder in their hearts, barely able to restrain themselves. At stake was the freedom of every American. One of the most moving and meaningful plays of our generation. "a tidal wave of a drama." -- New York World-Telegram And Sun
Baker & Taylor
Dramatizes the famous Scopes "Monkey Trial" where William Jennings Bryan and Clarence Darrow clashed over a teacher's right to teach evolution
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The man who has everything figured out is probably a fool. College examinations notwithstanding, it takes a very smart fella to say “I don’t know the answer!”
[Brady:] I don't know. I'm a man, not a sponge.
[Drummond:] Do you think a sponge thinks?
[Brady:] If the lord wishes a sponge to think, it thinks.
[Drummond:] Does a man have the same privileges that a sponge does?
[Brady:] Of course.
[Drummond, pointing to Cates:] This man wishes to be accorded the same privilege as a sponge! He wishes to think! [There is some applause. The sound strikes Brady exactly as if he had been slapped in the face.]
There are many portions of the Bible that I have committed to memory.[says Mr. Brady]
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Cates Bertram is pleaded guilty for teaching the Theory of Evolution, at an American School, which questions what is writen in the Bible. He fights with the help of Mr Drummond for the right to speak and think, trying to prove Colonel Brady (and the rest of the town) is (are) wrong to think of him as a criminal and that he is accused of a false crime. Even the town agrees with "Almighty Brady", as they said; people look at Cates as if he were murderer, if not worse. Rachel, Cates' fiancée is stuck in between both opinions, not sure which one she is supposed to support, since her father is a religious man who scares her.
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