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Creation (2009)

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Torn between faith and science, and suffering hallucinations, English naturalist Charles Darwin struggles to complete 'On the Origin of Species' and maintain his relationship with his wife.

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Jon Amiel

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John Collee (screenplay), Jon Amiel (screen story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Bettany ... Charles Darwin
Ian Kelly Ian Kelly ... Captain Fitzroy
Guy Henry ... Technician
Martha West ... Annie Darwin
Anabolena Rodriguez Anabolena Rodriguez ... Fuegia Basket
Paul Campbell Paul Campbell ... Boat Memory
Zak Davies Zak Davies ... Jemmy Button
Teresa Churcher ... Mrs. Davies
Jennifer Connelly ... Emma Darwin
Freya Parks ... Etty Darwin
Jim Carter ... Parslow
Christopher Dunkin Christopher Dunkin ... George Darwin
Gene Goodman Gene Goodman ... Franky Darwin
Harrison Sansostri Harrison Sansostri ... Lenny Darwin
Benedict Cumberbatch ... Joseph Hooker
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What happens when a world-renowned scientist, crushed by the loss of his eldest daughter, formulates a theory in conflict with religious dogma? This is the story of Charles Darwin and his master-work "The Origin of Species". It tells of a global revolution played out within the confines of a small English village; a passionate marriage torn apart by the most dangerous idea in history; and a theory saved from extinction by the logic of a child. Written by JC

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How he saw the world changed it forever


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Rated PG-13 for some intense thematic material | See all certifications »

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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 September 2009 (UK) See more »

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Untitled Charles Darwin Project See more »

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Budget:

£10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£199,477 (United Kingdom), 25 September 2009, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$53,073, 24 January 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$340,611, 23 May 2010
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Anne Elizabeth "Annie" Darwin's death (2nd March, 1841 - 23rd April, 1851) may have been caused by scarlet fever, or tuberculosis as some may believe. See more »

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The epilogue states "He was buried with full Christian honours, in Westminister Abbey." This should read "Westminster Abbey." See more »

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Thomas Huxley: Mr Darwin, sir? Either you are being disingenuous or you do not fully understand your own theory. Evidently, what is true of the barnacle is true of all creatures, even humans. The Almighty can no longer claim to have authored every species in under a week. You've killed God, sir! You've killed God!
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Dedicated to the memory of ... & all those whose lives have been devastated by chronic post-infection diseases. See more »

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Featured in Late Show with David Letterman: Episode #17.71 (2010) See more »

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Étude Op. 25, No. 11, Winter Wind
Composed by Frédéric Chopin
Performed by Elena Nalimova
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Darwin biography during period in which he writes 'On the origin of species' where formulates a theory in conflict with religion
24 March 2014 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

This is a biographical film about Darwin (Paul Bettany) and family , focusing mainly his period when he wrote ¨Origin of species¨ and his suffering when his daughter died . As English naturalist Charles Darwin struggles to find a balance between his children , revolutionary theories on evolution and the relationship with religious wife , whose faith contradicts his work . The Darwins had ten children together : two died in infancy, and Annie's death at the age of ten had a devastating effect on her parents. Charles was a devoted father and uncommonly attentive to his children. Whenever they fell ill, he feared that they might have inherited weaknesses from inbreeding due to the close family ties he shared with his wife and cousin, Emma Wedgwood (Jennifer Connelly) . He examined this topic in his writings, contrasting it with the advantages of crossing amongst many organisms .

This interesting film concerns about a global revolution took place within the confines of a small English mansion . Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly portray perfectly husband and wife in the movie, and are actually married in real life. The picture relies heavily on the relationship between Charles Darwin and his daughter Annie ,both of whom were ills , in fact , Anne Elizabeth "Annie" Darwin's death (2nd March, 1841 - 23rd April, 1851) may have been caused by scarlet fever, or tuberculosis as some may believe and it is often thought that apart from his illnesses, Darwin may too have had Ménière's disease. As Darwin was devastated when his daughter Annie died , issue well shown in the movie . It also includes some flashbacks about his voyages aboard HMS Beagle .The film contains a colorful cinematography by Jess Hall and evocative musical score by Christopher Young . The motion picture was well directed by Jon Amiel (Entrampment , The core , Copycat , Sommersby)

The flick is based on real events , dealing with life , investigations and writings , these are the followings : Darwin established that all species of life have descended over time from common ancestors, and in a joint publication with Alfred Russel Wallace introduced his scientific theory that this branching pattern of evolution resulted from a process that he called natural selection, in which the struggle for existence has a similar effect to the artificial selection involved in selective breeding.Darwin's wide reading Malthus's An Essay on the Principle of Population, he noted its assertion that human "population, when unchecked, goes on doubling itself every twenty five years, or increases in a geometrical ratio", a geometric progression so that population soon exceeds food supply in what is known as a Malthusian catastrophe. On the Origin of Species proved unexpectedly popular, with the entire stock of 1,250 copies oversubscribed when it went on sale to booksellers on 22 November 1859 , overcoming scientific rejection of earlier concepts of transmutation of species .Darwin's scientific discovery is the unifying theory of the life sciences, explaining the diversity of life . Studies at the University of Cambridge encouraged his passion for natural science. His five-year voyage on HMS Beagle established him as an eminent geologist whose observations and theories supported the publication of his journal of the voyage made him famous as a popular author . Darwin was critical of the Bible as history, and wondered why all religions should not be equally valid. In the next few years, while intensively speculating on geology and transmutation of species, he gave much thought to religion and openly discussed this with his wife Emma, whose beliefs also came from intensive study and questioning . He considered it "absurd to doubt that a man might be an ardent theist and an evolutionist" and, though reticent about his religious views, in 1879 he wrote that "I have never been an atheist in the sense of denying the existence of a God. –I think that generally , an agnostic would be the most correct description of my state of mind- . The Darwins had ten children . Despite his fears, most of the surviving children and many of their descendants went on to have distinguished careers .


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