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Hawking (2004)

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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 »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Arno Penzias
Tom Hodgkins ...
Robert Wilson
Reporter (as Christian Pedersen)
Isobel Hawking
Dr. John Holloway
Anastasia Hille ...
Nurse Susan McClean
Frank Hawking
Sir Fred Hoyle
Rohan Siva ...
Jayant Narlikar
George Ellis
Tom Ward ...
Roger Penrose
Deirdre Costello ...
Dennis Sciama


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. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) Written by Anonymous

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The story of the search for the beginning of time.


Biography | Drama


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Release Date:

13 April 2004 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

A História de Stephen Hawking  »

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Benedict Cumberbatch is the first actor ever to play Stephen Hawking on screen in this film. He is also good friends with Eddie Redmayne, who played Hawking in the biopic The Theory of Everything (2014). See more »


Caius Bursar: It's the same rule for everyone at Caius. No special treatment when it comes to housing.
Stephen Hawking: I'm not like all the rest.
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Jane Wilde: You listen to me, and you listen very carefully. This man cannot walk upstairs. His illness won't allow it and his illness will get worse. He needs housing with easy access. And you are going to find it for him, because if you don't, all the newspapers will hear about how the bursar of this college treats a man of huge courage - brilliant mind and the ...
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Hawking in the early 1960s -- delightful
25 October 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

For those perhaps shy of this film thinking it may be grim or depressing -- it's quite the opposite. It's about Hawking in his early years -- getting his doctorate at Cambridge in the early 1960s, long before incapacitation set in.

This is Hawking in his green and wide-eyed youth, when he was just starting to wrap his mind around the amazing theories that changed theoretical physics and astrophysics. The film is joyful and uplifting and engaging and intriguing. It's not esoteric, and can certainly be followed by non-physicists such as myself.

And in case you've been under a rock lately, Benedict Cumberbatch is the finest young actor in the UK, and gives an unmissable performance, as usual.

Highly recommended for everyone!

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