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Torn between faith and science, and suffering hallucinations, English naturalist Charles Darwin struggles to complete 'On the Origin of Species' and maintain his relationship with his wife.

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Jon Amiel

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John Collee (screenplay), Jon Amiel (screen story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Bettany ... Charles Darwin
Ian Kelly Ian Kelly ... Captain Fitzroy
Guy Henry ... Technician
Martha West ... Annie Darwin
Anabolena Rodriguez Anabolena Rodriguez ... Fuegia Basket
Paul Campbell Paul Campbell ... Boat Memory
Zak Davies Zak Davies ... Jemmy Button
Teresa Churcher ... Mrs. Davies
Jennifer Connelly ... Emma Darwin
Freya Parks ... Etty Darwin
Jim Carter ... Parslow
Christopher Dunkin Christopher Dunkin ... George Darwin
Gene Goodman Gene Goodman ... Franky Darwin
Harrison Sansostri Harrison Sansostri ... Lenny Darwin
Benedict Cumberbatch ... Joseph Hooker
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Storyline

What happens when a world-renowned scientist, crushed by the loss of his eldest daughter, formulates a theory in conflict with religious dogma? This is the story of Charles Darwin and his master-work "The Origin of Species". It tells of a global revolution played out within the confines of a small English village; a passionate marriage torn apart by the most dangerous idea in history; and a theory saved from extinction by the logic of a child. Written by JC

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How he saw the world changed it forever


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Rated PG-13 for some intense thematic material | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 September 2009 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Charles Darwin Project See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

£10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$53,073, 24 January 2010

Gross USA:

$340,611
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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Anne Elizabeth "Annie" Darwin's death (2nd March, 1841 - 23rd April, 1851) may have been caused by scarlet fever, or tuberculosis as some may believe. See more »

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The epilogue states "He was buried with full Christian honours, in Westminister Abbey." This should read "Westminster Abbey." See more »

Quotes

[from trailer]
Charles Darwin: Suppose the whole world stopped believing that God had any sort of plan for us?
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Dedicated to the memory of ... & all those whose lives have been devastated by chronic post-infection diseases. See more »

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Featured in Late Show with David Letterman: Episode #17.71 (2010) See more »

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Étude Op. 25, No. 11, Winter Wind
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Great film, poignant, humanistic, and still surprisingly timely.
10 September 2009 | by johnslighteSee all my reviews

I saw the world premiere at the Toronto International Film Fest, this is a great film.

Real-life husband and wife Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly star as Charles and Emma Darwin in the midst of their struggle through the writing of and decision to publish "Origin of Species". Their consideration of the ramifications it may have for their family and the future of humankind are conveyed in such a manner that one suspects only an off-screen couple could achieve.

Jon Amiel (who gave a heart-felt introduction) and John Collee do and excellent job of bringing Randal Keynes' biography to life. They created some very poignant and human moments, great cinematography and sets and a generous helping of tongue-in-cheek about the still divisive theory of evolution.

The surprise star is Martha West who plays Annie Darwin, the character around whom much of the story unfurls. She plays the precocious young girl to a tee. If this performance is anything to go by her star should be on the rise.

All in all a great film, and although it is a period drama the issues that drive it are still very much alive today.


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