7.6/10
5,480
19 user 2 critic

Hawking (2004)

A drama documenting the life and work of the theoretical physicist Professor Stephen Hawking who, despite being diagnosed with motor neurone disease at the age of 21, has galvanized the ... See full summary »

Director:

Philip Martin

Writer:

Peter Moffat
Reviews
1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Hawking (2013)
Documentary | Biography | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Hawking is the extraordinary story of the planet's most famous living scientist, told for the first time in his own words and by those closest to him. Made with unique access to Hawking's ... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Finnigan
Stars: Stephen Hawking, Arthur Pelling, Finlay Macrae
Little Favour (2013)
Short | Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

LITTLE FAVOUR follows the story of WALLACE when he is contacted by a former colleague to help him out with a deal gone wrong. 'Its been 7 years since he left Her Majesty's service and 10 ... See full summary »

Director: Patrick Viktor Monroe
Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Colin Salmon, Nick Moran
Third Star (2010)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

James and his three closest lifelong friends go on an ill-advised trip to the stunning coastal area of Barafundle Bay in West Wales. What follows is a touching and comical adventure dealing with friendship, heroism and love.

Director: Hattie Dalton
Stars: Tom Burke, Benedict Cumberbatch, JJ Feild
Painted with Words (TV Movie 2010)
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

The story of Vincent Van Gogh, with dialogue sourced from his own words.

Director: Andrew Hutton
Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Jamie Parker, Aidan McArdle
Wreckers (2011)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A married couple moves back to its childhood village to start a family, but a surprise visit from the husband's brother ignites sibling rivalry and exposes lies embedded in the couple's ... See full summary »

Director: Dictynna Hood
Stars: Claire Foy, Benedict Cumberbatch, Shaun Evans
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A dramatic thriller based on real events that reveals the quest to expose the deceptions and corruptions of power that turned an Internet upstart into the 21st century's most fiercely debated organization.

Director: Bill Condon
Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Daniel Brühl, Carice van Houten
Fortysomething (TV Mini-Series 2003)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Paul Slippery (Hugh Laurie), a forty-something doctor, lives with his wife Estelle and three sex-obsessed sons Rory, Daniel and Edwin in the west London suburb of Putney. On top of coping ... See full summary »

Stars: Hugh Laurie, Anna Chancellor, Sheila Hancock
Drama | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Britain has been transformed into a security state. A mathematical genius's search for the truth about his brother's death catapults him into a conspiracy and a love affair.

Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Anamaria Marinca, Max Beesley
Parade's End (2012)
Action | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Revolves around a love triangle between a conservative English aristocrat, his mean socialite wife and a young suffragette.

Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Rebecca Hall, Roger Allam
Frankenstein (2011)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  

Created by Victor Frankenstein, the one known only as the creature sets out to discover the world and the meaning of life.

Director: Danny Boyle
Stars: Jonny Lee Miller, Benedict Cumberbatch, Andreea Paduraru
Stuart: A Life Backwards (TV Movie 2007)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A writer takes a backwards look at the life of his unlikely friend Stuart, a homeless alcoholic who experienced a traumatic event in his childhood.

Director: David Attwood
Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hardy, Nicola Duffett
The Child in Time (TV Movie 2017)
Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

The life of a children's book author is turned upside down when his daughter goes missing.

Director: Julian Farino
Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Kelly Macdonald, Stephen Campbell Moore
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Benedict Cumberbatch ... Stephen Hawking
Michael Brandon ... Arno Penzias
Tom Hodgkins Tom Hodgkins ... Robert Wilson
Christian Rubeck ... Reporter (as Christian Pedersen)
Lisa Dillon ... Jane Wilde
Phoebe Nicholls ... Isobel Hawking
Matthew Marsh ... Dr. John Holloway
Anastasia Hille ... Nurse Susan McClean
Adam Godley ... Frank Hawking
Peter Firth ... Sir Fred Hoyle
Rohan Siva Rohan Siva ... Jayant Narlikar
Bertie Carvel ... George Ellis
Tom Ward ... Roger Penrose
Deirdre Costello Deirdre Costello ... Barmaid
John Sessions ... Dennis Sciama
Edit

Storyline

A drama documenting the life and work of the theoretical physicist Professor Stephen Hawking who, despite being diagnosed with motor neurone disease at the age of 21, has galvanized the scientific world with his ground-breaking work on the nature of the universe. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The story of the search for the beginning of time.

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Certificate:

TV-G | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 April 2004 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Hawking See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 PAL
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Adam Godley, who plays Stephen's father, also plays the doctor who diagnoses Stephen in The Theory of Everything (2014). See more »

Goofs

Stephen Hawkin on his 21st Birthday mentions the Beatles song Please Please Me this song was not released until the 11th January 1963 two days after Hawkins,s 21st Birthday. See more »

Quotes

Stephen Hawking: What about the brain, I mean the brain itself?
Dr. John Holloway: Untouched. The brain is left untouched.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Only Connect: Episode #11.8 (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Ride of the Valkyries
(uncredited)
Written by Richard Wagner
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A Brief History of Mine
17 April 2004 | by KasterborousSee all my reviews

The story of young Stephen Hawking's doctorate - starting with his 21st birthday in 1963, shortly after which he was diagnosed with motor neuron disease. The story continues with Hawking going to Cambridge to gain his doctorate, during which he fights to come to terms with his illness, grows ever-closer to young student Jane Wilde, and has to figure out something to write his thesis on... ...All this is told in flashback by Nobel Prize winners Bob Wilson and Arno Penzias (Tom Hodgkins and the marvellously irascible Michael Brandon, respectively), talking in 1978 about their discovery - the "3 degree hiss" of microwaves that is the echo of the Big Bang, which is the proof of Hawking's remarkable and evolutionary theory that he formulated for his doctorate thesis. Hawking didn't come up with the idea of the Big Bang, but he did show mathematically that the prevalent theory of the time - "Steady State", in which the universe was thought to be unchanging and to have existed forever - was wrong.

The performances are uniformly excellent, with Benedict Cumberbatch in the lead role making for a very convincing Hawking, capturing his brilliance and vulnerability well and portraying his physical deterioration sympathetically and convincingly. Other standout performances include Tom Ward as Roger Penrose, giving a superbly confident and energetic portrayal of the young professor who was Hawking's friend and mentor; John Sessions as Dennis Sciama, quiet and intense as Hawking's supervisor; Peter Firth as a triumphantly and permanently bad-tempered Fred Hoyle, with whom Hawking locked horns over their contradictory theories on the origin of the universe; and Lisa Dillon as Jane Wilde, who gave Hawking the strength to overcome his illness and realise his ideas.

Is this a sanitised or oversimplified story? Undoubtedly, but these things always are. That doesn't matter; the main characters are engaging, and the science is extremely well-handled. Hawking's "eureka" moment, when he literally falls off a train and desperately explains his idea to Penrose by drawing with chalk on the station platform, is powerful and moving and believable in equal measure. This drama shows that it's not just the great artists, the painters and composers and musicians, who have led remarkable and fascinating lives - science, in its own way, has just as much power to move and intrigue, and scientists have just as many great stories to tell.


34 of 35 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 19 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series



Recently Viewed