Horizon: Season 23, Episode 16

The Race for the Double Helix (14 Sep. 1987)
"Life Story" (original title)

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Watson and Crick race to find the structure of DNA before Linus Pauling, Maurice Wilkins, or Rosalind Franklin can find the key to unlocking the secret.

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Jim Watson
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Francis Crick
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Maurice Wilkins
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Rosalind Franklin
Betsy Brantley ...
Elizabeth Watson
John Moreno ...
Vittorio Luzzati
Daniel André Pageon ...
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Yves Aubert ...
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Anthony Benson ...
J.T. Randall
Clive Panto ...
Max Perutz
Rupert Massey ...
John Kendrew
Geoffrey Chater ...
Sir Lawrence Bragg
Nicholas Fry ...
Raymond Gosling
Tom McCabe ...
Bill Seeds
Petronella Ford ...
Odile Crick
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Watson and Crick race to find the structure of DNA before Linus Pauling, Maurice Wilkins, or Rosalind Franklin can find the key to unlocking the secret. Written by Kathy Li

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Jeff Goldblum, who portrays James D. Watson, later narrated the 5-episode documentary series "D.N.A.,"(2003), the first episode of which, "The Secret of Life," retold the same events portrayed in this film, following James D. Watson to original locations at Cambridge and King's College, and also featuring some of the original figures, such as Maurice Wilkins, Erwin Chargaff, Raymond Gosling, and Peter Pauling. See more »

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Erwin Chargaff: [Wearily] Guanine, Cytosine, Adenine, Thymine...
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31 December 2005 | by (New York, New York) – See all my reviews

I watched this movie in my Biology Class and I do not know why anyone found this boring, it was actually pretty interesting. We actually learned a little bit more about them before watching it and read their original papers in my class so maybe thats why, we found it a little easier to understand and more relevant for us. Watson and Crick were extremely funny and their focus on things other than science was a perspective into the world of scientists, where not everything is science, science, and more science and except you go about it in a roundabout away. I would recommend this movie for anyone, but I suggest to get a little more background into the who the people actually were and what they did and it will help you understand the movie a lot better.


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