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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Watson: A humiliated Linus is a dangerous Linus.
Crick: A Linus cheated of his prey.
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Georges Delerue
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Well-done drama about science
12 November 1999 | by (Flagstaff, AZ) – See all my reviews

The Race for the Double Helix effectively brings to life James Watson's book (upon which it was based), which tells the story of how he and Francis Crick came to be the first to correctly describe the molecular structure of DNA. Crick and Watson's scrappy, boyish spirit is translated well by Jeff Goldblum and Tim Pigott-Smith. The story follows the highs and lows of the two and their drive to make the discovery, thankfully without enshrining them; their success was as much due to luck and rudeness as it was to genuine scientific integrity. The film is also set well in Europe of the 40s and 50s.


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