YMMV / Inherit the Wind


  • Alas, Poor Villain: Brady's death is easily the saddest part of the film. He dies on the back of his latest failure, sobbing his eyes out, and stewing in regret over his failed ambitions. It's difficult to watch, even if you didn't like him up to that point.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: One of the actors who starred in the first ever production of the play was named Edward Cullen.
  • Misaimed Fandom:
    • Implicitly invoked when after he dies in the courtroom, Brady is hailed as a "prophet" by a lady in the crowd based on Drummond's drippingly sarcastic naming of him as such.
    • The play/film itself has this going, with most modern audiences taking the Evolution debate aspect at face-value and completely ignoring the larger theme of a community tearing itself apart over matters of belief (and the associated McCarthyism analogy). The film's Aesop is that free thought must be defended at all costs; evolution is simply the vehicle through which this aesop is delivered.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Hey, it's Darrin Stevens! Not that one, the real one! Also, Harry Morgan as the judge.
  • Romantic Plot Tumor: The film spends an awful lot of time on Rachel, despite the fact that she's by far the most boring character.
  • Values Resonance: With the rise of the power of the political Religious Right and later the countering rise of the more assertive New Atheism, this play's conflict between faith and freedom of thought is still powerfully relevant today. More specifically, the evolution/creationist conflicts have been revived in recent years. Also, while the McCarthyism allegory has lost some of its specific relevance, the play's stance against censorship resonates with the prevailing view today about the importance of free speech.

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