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

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Darwin: The Voyage That Shook the World See more »

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Argentina See more »

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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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A high quality, balanced yet incisive critique of Darwin's work
26 August 2010 | by sglasse74See all my reviews

A thought provoking and high quality documentary that provides a balanced yet incisive critique of Darwin's work. It does not attack the man but depicts him as a methodical, honest yet flawed naturalist who sometimes drew unwarranted conclusions from his data. The documentary reveals instances where Darwin failed to pursue certain lines of research which if he had done would have revealed a different explanation to the one he gave. It also shows how recent discoveries have provides a powerful challenge to some of Darwin's presuppositions. The documentary contains interviews with modern day intellectuals on both sides of the debate and provides a necessary counterbalance to the 'over-the-top' claims of some militant atheistic-evolutionists today. Highly recommended to all.

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