Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed (2008)

PG  |   |  Documentary  |  18 April 2008 (USA)
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Ben Stein examines the issue of academic freedom and decides that there is none when it comes to the debate over intelligent design.


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Credited cast:
Himself - Host
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lili Asvar ...
Peter Atkins ...
Hector Avalos ...
Doug Axe ...
Adam Behr ...
Multiple animation voices (voice)
David Berlinski ...
Walter Bradley ...
Bruce Chapman ...
Himself (archive footage)
Caroline Crocker ...
Richard Dawkins ...
William Dembski ...
Himself (as William Albert Dembski)
Daniel C. Dennett ...
Himself (as Daniel Dennett)
Michael Egnor ...


Academic freedom is being suppressed, says Ben Stein. He contends that professors from around the United States are being fired from their jobs for promoting, or even exploring the possibility of, intelligent design as an alternative to Darwinism. Stein interviews the expelled academics and other supporters of intelligent design. He also interviews the scientists in the mainstream, who support Darwinism. Stein links Darwinism to Nazism, Communism, eugenics and abortion. Vintage clips of educational films and Hollywood movies are used to illustrate points in a satirical way. Written by J. Spurlin

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Big science has expelled smart new ideas from the classroom...What they forgot is that every generation has its Rebel!



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Rated PG for thematic material, some disturbing images and brief smoking | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 April 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Crossroads  »

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$3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,970,848 (USA) (18 April 2008)


$7,499,617 (USA) (23 May 2008)

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Michael Shermer has described the rather odd circumstances of his interview for the movie "Crossroads" (a working title for the film) online and in Scientific American magazine. He was asked for his thoughts about firing people for working in intelligent design "a dozen times", but when he asked them for example scenarios and whether they had any other questions about the field, neither Ben Stein nor Mathis was forthcoming. During a discussion about Darwin's links to economist Adam Smith, Stein had to leave and sit in the car outside for "twenty minutes", during which time Shermer joked with Mathis about what he could be doing in there. When he returned, some hand-held footage was shot, and Stein returned to the subject of firing people once more. Shermer describes the experience as "surreal". See more »


The film presents Darwin's writing as a driving force behind the Nazi ideologies. In fact, the Nazis denounced and banned most of Darwin's work. See more »


Ben Stein: What other societies have used Darwinism to trump all other authorities, including religion? As a Jew, my mind left to one regime in particular.
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Referenced in Jimmy Kimmel Live!: Episode #6.26 (2008) See more »


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A Global Conspiracy?
25 April 2008 | by (Charlottesville, VA) – See all my reviews

For those who have found positive things to say about this film, I would ask you how the greatest conspiracy in human history might have been perpetrated. Virtually every major scientific society in the world has come out with the strongest support for evolution, a theory that has more factual underpinnings than the atomic theory of matter or quantum mechanics. The conspiracy to silence the dissent against evolution must include most people working in geology, biochemistry, paleontology, ecology, molecular genetics, etc., all fields where overwhelming amounts of evidence provide the basis for our understanding of how life on earth diverged from a common origin. When I am told that "leading" scientists have questioned evolution, it reminds me of the National Enquirer headline that stated that a space scientist had an encounter with aliens. Reading the article made it clear that this person was a draftsman at some NASA facility. Let us be clear that there is no scientific debate about whether evolution took place (that debate was finished more than 100 years ago), rather, it is religious fundamentalism that refuses to accept that humans evolved from other life forms (yet most Americans do not accept this fact). Ben Stein's agenda appears to be to drive America back to some fundamentalist time, while the rest of the world advances.

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