Inherit the Wind is a movie made in 1960, based on the real-life happenings surrounding the Scopes Monkey Trial of 1925. The film re-creates, in partially fictionalized form, the struggle between two famous lawyers, Clarence Darrow and William Jennings Bryan, to legally settle the question of evolution versus creationism and its place in school curriculum.
The film centers on a Tennessee school teacher in 1925, who is arrested and eventually brought to trial for teaching Darwin's theory of evolution to his students. The conflict generates national interest and conflict between scientists and religious scholars as well as parents, students, and church officials, and two high-powered lawyers are brought into town to argue the case within the glare of the public eye. The two lawyers, played by heavyweight actors Spencer Tracy and Fredric March, have a history of doing battle in courtrooms of the past, and the conflict in Tennessee quickly develops into an epic face-off between the two of them as well as between the many huge questions behind the trial itself.
Tense courtroom conflicts, thought-provoking arguments, and personal feelings collide and create a movie full of unanswerable issues, highlighting the questions that continue to surround the concept of religion and government within schools.