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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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Excellent thought provoking film.
25 August 2010 | by See all my reviews

I watched the film with much anticipation, and I was not disappointed it, the visual images of the film were of excellent. It was a fair and even documentary on the travels of Darwin on the HMAS Beagle. The details provided in the documentary show that Darwins Theory of evolution has many holes, some of which are still trying to be patched by Athiesitic scientist today. What the public in general is not told by the world today is that evolution whilst being the prevailing world view is a theory not fact. The proponents of this theory should be glad for stiff opposition from creationists, for without discussion and debate on how things work there could be no advancement. When people watch this film they should do so with and open mind and see the problems with Darwins theory, he was an 19th century scholar with the knowledge of the 19th century some of the things he proposed have been proved to be wrong. I was once like most in the world who accepted evolution because it was the only information I was given, till I found other sources of information on which I made and informed decision. It is movies like this that can make us all think. We need more of this otherwise we end up with a society controlled by one idea and no freedoms. The film does not say you must agree it just lets you think, with both sides of the argument. Excellent

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