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The Unbelievers (2013)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 13 December 2013 (USA)
Renowned scientists Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss cross the globe as they speak publicly about the importance of science and reason in the modern world.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Ayaan Hirsi Ali ... Herself
Woody Allen ... Himself
Richard Dawkins Richard Dawkins ... Himself
Daniel C. Dennett Daniel C. Dennett ... Himself
Cameron Diaz ... Herself
Ricky Gervais ... Himself
Sam Harris Sam Harris ... Himself
Stephen Hawking ... Himself
Werner Herzog ... Himself
Eddie Izzard ... Himself
Penn Jillette ... Himself
Lawrence Krauss ... Himself
Cormac McCarthy ... Himself
Ian McEwan ... Himself
Tim Minchin ... Himself
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'The Unbelievers' follows renowned scientists Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss across the globe as they speak publicly about the importance of science and reason in the modern world - encouraging others to cast off antiquated religious and politically motivated approaches toward important current issues - making the world a better place for all. The film includes interviews with celebrities who support the work of these remarkable scientists. Written by Anonymous

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What are you willing to believe?

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 December 2013 (USA) See more »

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The world premiere for The Unbelievers was on April 29, 2013 at Hot Docs Film Festival in Toronto, Ontario, and all four screenings of the film were sold out. See more »

Quotes

Ricky Gervais: You know early Christians were called atheists by the Romans because they didn't believe in all the gods. I mean that's what atheism is really, it's the belief in one less god than you.
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References Deconstructing Harry (1997) See more »

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Gettysburg
Written by Evan Mast and Michael Stroud
Performed by Ratatat
Licensed courtesy of XL Recordings Limited
By arrangement with Beggars Group Media Limited
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Engrossing and inspiring.
29 March 2013 | by nospam78See all my reviews

I saw a test screening of this movie at Arizona State University, and it's possible there may be slight changes before the official release. However there is little or nothing I would want to see changed. It's a very well put together movie, fast paced and engrossing. When it was over, I was very surprised that 90 minutes had elapsed - it seemed like less than an hour.

From a brief description, it might sound very boring - Dawkins and Krauss criss-crossing the world, giving speeches at atheist conferences, debating religious apologists and so on. But the film is very well edited and has a very fast-paced feel, as well as capturing human moments like Richard Dawkins nodding off to sleep on a train, or sitting in a hotel room holding a phone to his ear, frustratedly trying to get a word in edgewise as an unseen person on the other end lectures him on morality.

Most of all, this film captures the passion and intensity of two men at the top of their respective scientific fields, who are awed by the beauty and complexity of nature and have an almost messianic zeal to share that beauty and awe - so much more satisfying and inspiring in my opinion than the petty just-so stories of religion - with the general public.

You also get the sense that atheism is a movement whose time has finally come. Even in religion-saturated America, more and more people are coming out of the closet and connecting with each other, turning up at atheism conferences in large numbers though so far ignored by the media.

But this is not as much of a religion-bashing film as you might expect. It's basically an intimate portrait of two friends with a shared passion for knowledge, who are driven to share that knowledge with the world. As such, any viewer can enjoy this movie.


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