Inherit the Wind (1988 film)

Inherit the Wind
GenreLegal drama
Based on
Written byJohn Gay
Directed byDavid Greene
Music byArthur B. Rubinstein
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Executive producerPeter Douglas
ProducerRobert A. Papazian
CinematographyStevan Larner
EditorParkie Singh
Running time96 minutes
Production companies
Original release
  • March 20, 1988 (1988-03-20)

Inherit the Wind is a 1988 American legal drama television film directed by David Greene and written by John Gay, based on the 1955 play of the same name by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee. The film stars Kirk Douglas, Jason Robards, Darren McGavin and Jean Simmons. It aired on NBC on March 20, 1988.

The original play was written as a parable which fictionalized the 1925 Scopes "Monkey" Trial as a means of discussing the 1950s McCarthy trials. This version differed from the two previous films by attempting to make Brady more sympathetic and the storyline (according to its producers) "a bit more fair to both sides."

When announced in early 1987, the film was to co-star Douglas and Gregory Peck, under the title The Monkey Trial.

Plot summary



Emmy Awards

  • Won: Outstanding Drama/Comedy Special - Peter Douglas (executive producer) and Robert Papazian (producer)
  • Won: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special - Jason Robards
  • Nominated: Outstanding Cinematography for a Miniseries or a Special - Stevan Larner

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