Inherit the Wind (1999 film)

Inherit the Wind is a 1999 American television film adaptation of the play of the same name which originally aired on Showtime. The original 1955 play was written as a parable which fictionalized the 1925 Scopes "Monkey" Trial as a means of discussing the 1950s McCarthy trials.[1]

Inherit the Wind
DVD cover
Written byJerome Lawrence (play)
Robert E. Lee (play)
Nedrick Young
Harold Jacob Smith
Directed byDaniel Petrie
StarringJack Lemmon
George C. Scott
Beau Bridges
Theme music composerLaurence Rosenthal
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Running time113 minutes
Original networkShowtime
Original releaseMay 29, 1999 (1999-05-29)

George C. Scott played Brady. In the 1996 Broadway revival he played Drummond.[2][3]



Golden Globes

  • Won:Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV - Jack Lemmon

American Cinema Foundation, USA

  • Nominated: E Pluribus Unum Award, Television Movie

Directors Guild of America, USA

  • Nominated: DGA Award, Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television, Daniel Petrie

Emmy Awards

  • Nominated: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie - Jack Lemmon
  • Nominated: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie - Beau Bridges

Screen Actors Guild Awards

  • Nominated: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries -George C. Scott

IGCSE Literature


  • Inherit the Wind is used as one of the Drama in IGCSE.

See also


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