"ALLEGED" is a romantic drama based on events occurring behind the scenes and outside the courtroom of the famous Scopes "Monkey Trial" of 1925.
Charles Anderson (Nathan West), a talented young reporter, feels trapped living in a tiny town (Dayton, TN, 1925) in steep decline. Using the Monkey Trial as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to break into the journalistic big leagues, Charles becomes the eager protégé of Baltimore Sun editor H.L Mencken (Colm Meany), America's most colorful and influential columnist.
The trial itself lives up to its billing as the "Trial of the Century" when the great Clarence Darrow (Brian Dennehy) defends the theory of evolution against the popular statesman and fundamentalist William Jennings Bryan (Sen. Fred Thompson) who sees the reduction of mankind to mere animal status as both inaccurate and potentially disastrous. Once in the midst of this staged event, Charles is torn between his love for the more principled Rose (Ashley Johnson), his fiancée, and the escalating moral compromises that he is asked to make by the agnostic and acerbic Mencken. When the truth is at stake, Charles discovers, some lies just have to be told.
"ALLEGED" is a true story of conflicts that boiled over in 1925 but that remain simmering with us to this day - evolution and creation in the public schools, the role of science in society, and media sensationalism motivated by religious and political biases on all sides.
- Awarded the Dove Foundation's "Family Approved" seal
- Brian Dennehy (Golden Globe & Tony Award Winner, DEATH OF A SALESMAN, COCOON, TO CATCH A KILLER)
- Colm Meaney (STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE, STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION, GET HIM TO THE GREEK)
- Senator Fred Thompson ("LAW & ORDER", IN THE LINE OF FIRE, DIE HARD II)
- Ashley Johnson ("GROWING PAINS", "TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL", WHAT WOMEN WANT, FAST FOOD NATION)
- Nathan West (BRING IT ON, MIRACLE)
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5 members reviewed: Alleged
- Crystal R
The movie is based on the "Scopes Trial" of 1925 & is coupled with a flowing, entertaining story line about what is truth & "alleged" truth.
I found the movie very well balanced between the creation/christian & evolution/Darwinian perspectives portrayed.
The movie is supposed to have been taken from actual transcripts from the trial & old interviews from participants in & at the trial.
The movie is well acted, great production, moves quickly & is full of noteworthy historical & scientific information.
Be aware - 2 curse words (sam h*** & bas****), drinking & smoking.
I ended up buying the dvd. I highly recommend this movie!
- Roger R
Enlightening movie about the Scopes trial shown from the Christian perspective.
- Ben U
Evolution is an idea which many have talked to me about, and something which I have thought about constantly; I’ve written blogs and produced videos concerning the subject… It’s no secret that I am against the teachings of Evolution, especially Eugenics, so when I discovered this film on Christian Cinema’s website my curiosity was peaked. Alleged is a movie set during the time of the Scopes Monkey Trial, an important event in history not a lot of people talk about or even acknowledge; Atheists especially don’t because of how bad it makes them look.
Alleged is a movie about a reporter named Charlie whose dream is to work for the Baltimore Sun. Charlie’s father was once reporter and founder of the Dayton Harold, his hometown’s old newspaper. Charlie learns, while he’s trying to impress the editor for the Baltimore Sun, of the hottest new trial concerning plaintiff lawyer William Bryan Jennings VS Defense lawyer Clarence Darrow. In order to impress H.L Mencken (the editor), Charlie begins to not only side with Mr. Darrow but also begins mimicking Mencken’s journalistic style of half-truths and white lies. Rose doesn’t like the transformation Charlie’s making, as well as some of his latest stories, and gives him an ultimatum… Either he writes with integrity or writes for fame. What will he choose? Why is this trial so important? And what is the result…?
Obviously since this event has a lot of information behind it and this is a historical fiction movie, it’s doubtful every single detail for this historic account was provided within the film. However, this is a great introduction for those who have never heard of the Scopes Monkey trial, let alone the evils of Eugenics; definitely recommend the documentary What Hath Darwin Wrought for more info. The acting was very good, I especially find it interesting how similar Brian Dennehy looks in comparison to the real Clarence Darrow. I also love the importance the movie gives on telling the truth, despite many mainstream journalists currently following in Mencken’s footsteps, including their study guide provided in the DVD menu. I also like that they don’t show Clarence Darrow as a complete monster, even though Eugenics is such a horrible idea of theology, in how he responds to the little girl at the end of the movie; it shows the creators didn’t want to completely demonize the man. Without a doubt an Atheist is going to LOATHE this movie with a passion, but if you’re a Christian reading this I think you’ll enjoy this movie in addition to being given an introductory education on certain facts about Evolution you might not know about…
- Tl A
The whole episode brings out the hard side of what religion can deteriorate to. Christianity in the wrong spirit leaves its true essence out. It can end up portraying something it wasn't ever meant to. Truth need not be overly dogmatic. Interesting side stories to the main story. There are other stories of significance that could use this unique approach and be successful.
Definitely worth seeing.
- Tammy R
Similar to the movie that was shown at our school to the students in 8th grade.