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The Privileged Planet (2004)

This 60-minute video documentary explores the conditions on Earth that allow for intelligent life and also make it a strangely well suited place for viewing and analyzing the universe.


Lad Allen


Wayne P. Allen (as W. Peter Allen), Guillermo Gonzalez (based upon the book by) | 2 more credits »




Credited cast:
John Rhys-Davies ... Narrator (voice)
Tom Roberts Tom Roberts ... Additional Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Beichman Charles Beichman ... Himself - NASA Terrestrial Planet Finder
Donald Brownlee Donald Brownlee ... Himself - NASA Stardust Mission
Robin Collins Robin Collins ... Himself - Messiah College
Dennis Danielson Dennis Danielson ... Himself
Paul Davies Paul Davies ... Himself - Australian Centre for Astrobiology
Guillermo Gonzalez Guillermo Gonzalez ... Himself - Astrobiologist Iowa State University
Kevin R. Grazier ... Himself (as Dr. Kevin R. Grazier)
Robert Jastrow Robert Jastrow ... Himself - Former Director Mt. Wilson Observatory
Bijan Nemati Bijan Nemati ... Himself - Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Jay Richards Jay Richards ... Himself - Philosopher Discovery Institute
Seth Shostak ... Himself - Senior Astronomer SETI Institute


Utilizing stunning computer animation as well as the visual archives of NASA, the Hubble Space Telescope Institute, the European Space Agency, and other leading observatories throughout the world, The Privileged Planet presents a spectacular view of our planet, our galaxy, and the entire universe, and shows us that not only is the Earth perfectly suited for intelligent life, but that the Earth is in the perfect location in the galaxy for man to make scientific discoveries. Written by Charles J. Petrosky

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earth | life | galaxy | planet | universe | See All (18) »


The Search For Purpose In The Universe





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Release Date:

5 October 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der privilegierte Planet See more »


Box Office


$300,000 (estimated)
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Tries to be Sagan like... with pseudo-science.
11 August 2007 | by danp123See all my reviews

When I first watched this, I didn't know of the anti-science organization behind this. It was quite obvious something was very wrong with the science and logic about halfway through. No legitimate science writer would be so incompetent, especially with the apparent high production values. Usually with so much money too burn you only hire the best writers and scientific advisor's. Alas when I did some research it turned out too be INTENTIONAL.

Now a lot of science programs tries too replace Sagan's presence and prose with flashy graphics and music and even succeed. But one essential ingredient is the awe and wonder of accurately portrayed modern science, so predictably this fells flat, there really is no awe and wonder in mysticism and pseudo-science.

Also the narration by John Rhys-Davies is quite pleasant and quite apt, he is famous for his roles in fantasy and sci-fi films, which this film is just one of many.

This will get only one star if it wasn't for the eye-candy CGI and John Rhys-Davies.

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