It's Alleged, out on DVD from Image Entertainment. Here's what they have to say for themselves:
Love and faith are put to the ultimate test in this drama set against the landmark Scopes "Monkey Trial" of 1925. Charles Anderson (Nathan West, Miracle) is a talented young reporter engaged to Rose (Ashley Johnson, The Help), who works with him at the Tennessee small town newspaper his late father founded. The "Trial of the Century" brings brilliant adversaries William Jennings Bryan (Fred Dalton Thompson, The Genesis Code) and Clarence Darrow (Brian Dennehy, Cocoon) to Charles' hometown. But as the trial unfolds, Charles is caught up in the media circus and becomes torn between his journalistic integrity and impressing his mentor, the colorful Baltimore Sun editor H. L. Mencken (Colm Meaney, Star Trek: The Next Generation), who presses him to "make a story" instead of report one.
I just like the notion of seeing Thompson and Dennehy in the courtroom. Plus, Dennehy is playing the "real" version of the fictionalized Henry Drummond, who he played in the recent Broadway revival of Inherit the Wind. So, bonus. Anyway, we have two copies of the DVD to give away. Want to win one? Excellent. Here's how that happens: you enter using the form below. Remember you can enter once a day. If we draw your name when the contest ends, you snag it! Good luck! [[ More This Way... ]]
Episode #42 for The Next Three Days, in which our protagonist discusses thrillers that take their time thrilling, Russell Crowe's penchant for being extraordinarily ordinary, and the strategic placement of Liam Nesson and Brian Dennehy. [[ More This Way... ]]
Written by: Michael Kozoll, William Sackheim & Sylvester Stallone, based on the novel by David Morrell Directed by: Ted Kotcheff Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Richard Crenna, Brian Dennehy, Bill McKinney, Jack Starrett
Running audio commentary with author Morrell
Documentary: "Drawing First Blood: Creating John Rambo: 20 Years Later"
Cast and crew info
Released by: Artisan Region: 1 Rating: R Anamorphic: Yes
Written by: Neil Gaiman Performed by: Seeing Ear Theatre, featuring Bebe Neuwirth & Brian Dennehy Published by: Harper Audio
I fear audioplays that are adaptations of literary works. There is precedence for my phobia. Most of it stems from the fact that people don't know how to describe things. Let's face it--it's a helluva lot easier to just write a paragraph than to get across how something looks through nothing but dialogue and foley. Shining example of how this doesn't work can be found in the 3-D audio adaptation of Stephen King's The Mist from many, many moons ago. There was a scene where the characters go into the back of the grocery store in which they are trapped, only to find this rolling metal door standing open and a Nameless Horror â„¢ trying to snatch them up. The quality of dialogue, I swear, was something along these lines: "Great Scott! Look at those undulating tentacles with suckers the size of china plates, all heaving with glistening eldritch muck from another world! Whatever shall we do?" Yes, well, we shall drive off the side of a cliff if we're listening to such shite in the car, that's what we shall do. Now we know why Lovecraft's beasties all defied description--to save us from such drek.