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The Voyage That Shook the World (2009)

In 1831 a young amateur scientist, Charles Darwin, boarded HMS Beagle on an epic five-year voyage of discovery. 2009 marks the 200th anniversary of Darwin's birth and the 150th anniversary ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Antoni Biernacki ...
HMS Beagle Crew member
Peter Bowler ...
Janet Browne ...
Herself - Science Historian & Author, Harvard University (as Prof. Janet Browne PhD)
Craig Buckley ...
Stuart Burgess ...
Himself - Design & Nature, Bristol University (as Prof. Stuart Burgess PhD)
Rob Carter ...
Himself - Marine Biologist & Geneticist (as Dr. Rob Carter)
Mike Casten ...
Jemmy Button
Philip Currie ...
Himself - Paleontologist, University of Alberta (as Prof. Phil Currie PhD)
Sam Downes ...
Syms Covington
Sandra Herbert ...
Herself - Science Historian & Author, University of Maryland (as Prof. Sandra Herbert PhD)
Cornelius Hunter ...
Himself - Molecular Biophysicist & Author (as Dr. Cornelius Hunter)
Drew Kelly ...
HMS Beagle Crew member
Jan Komdeur ...
Himself (as Prof. Jan Komdeur PhD)
Matti Leisola ...
Himself (as Prof. Matti Leisola DSc)
Bryan Milstead ...
Himself - Head of research, Charles Darwin Research Center, Galapagos (as Dr. Bryan Milstead PhD)


In 1831 a young amateur scientist, Charles Darwin, boarded HMS Beagle on an epic five-year voyage of discovery. 2009 marks the 200th anniversary of Darwin's birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of his book, 'Origin of Species'. The Voyage that Shook the World retraces Darwin's journey, exploring the places and discoveries crucial to the formulation of his Theory of Evolution. Filmed in South America, UK, North America, Australia and Europe, The Voyage features dramatic period recreations and stunning nature cinematography interwoven with scholars sharing their perspectives on the man and the controversy. A fascinating and thought provoking opportunity to gain new insight into The Voyage that Shook the World. Written by Con Dios Entertainment

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150 years ago one man dared to question the origin of life... See more »



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21 May 2009 (Australia)  »

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Darwin: The Voyage That Shook the World  »

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Three of the historians interviewed in the film, Peter Bowler, Janet Browne and Sandra Herbert, later stated in a History of Science Society Newsletter, that they were misled into appearing in the film, unaware that it was produced by a creationist group (Creation Ministries International), and that their statements were misrepresented in the film. Bowler also stated in a BBC interview that he had been "duped" into participating in an "anti-Darwinian" film. See more »

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Fake, pseudo-science mumbo-jumbo !
26 September 2012 | by See all my reviews

The Voyage That Shook The World is a dramatized documentary film commissioned by Creation Ministries International, a Christian Young Earth creationist organization, and produced by Fathom Media, a makeshift "front company" to approach experts like historians featured in the film. One of them, Peter J. Bowler historian of biology, stated that the creationist backing of the film had been concealed when he agreed to take part, he also stated that the editing of his words could give a false impression of his views as well as present a historically distorted portrait of Darwin. All three historians featured in the movie subsequently issued a statement that they had been misrepresented by the film company's selective reconstruction of Darwin's voyage.

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