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Hawking (2013)

Hawking is the extraordinary story of the planet's most famous living scientist, told for the first time in his own words and by those closest to him. Made with unique access to Hawking's ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
... Himself
Arthur Pelling ... Stephen Hawking (child)
Finlay Macrae ... Stephen Hawking (teenager)
Nathan Chapple ... Stephen Hawking (young adult)
Martin John King ... Stephen Hawking (adult) (as Martin King)
Joe Lovell ... Stephen Hawking (adult)
Tina Lovell ... Jane Hawking
Tanya O'Regan ... Jane Hawking
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
... Himself - Astronaut, Apollo XI & Gemini XII (as Dr Buzz Aldrin)
Gordon Berry ... Himself - Oxford University Friend
... Himself - Virgin Group Founder, Virgin Galactic (as Sir Richard Branson)
Bernard J. Carr ... Himself - Stephen's PhD Student 1972-1975 (as Professor Bernard Carr)
... Himself - Actor & Comedian
Judith Croasdell ... Herself - Stephen's Personal Assistant
... Himself - Actor


Hawking is the extraordinary story of the planet's most famous living scientist, told for the first time in his own words and by those closest to him. Made with unique access to Hawking's private life, this is an intimate and moving journey into Stephen's world, both past and present. An inspirational portrait of an iconic figure, Hawking relates his incredible personal journey from boyhood under-achiever, to PhD genius, to being diagnosed with Motor Neuron Disease and given just two years to live. Despite the constant threat of death, Hawking manages to make many remarkable scientific discoveries and rises to fame and super-stardom. Hawking - a remarkable man, and a remarkable movie. Written by DSP

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Finely Detailed Portrait of a True Genius
8 December 2013 | by See all my reviews

Filmed with the full cooperation of its subject, HAWKING tells the life- story of a great scientist, global celebrity and courageous fighter against debilitating disease. From an early stage Stephen Hawking was always destined to be different; he grew up in an unconventional household, and throughout his university career he found the workload almost too easy. It was only when he discovered he had motor neurone disease, while completing his doctoral thesis, that he discovered the urgency of his research; he never knew when he was going to die or not. The film charts Hawking's meteoric rise to fame, while at the same showing how he became less and less able to move any part of his body. He has always been a great fighter, even though living with him proved difficult for his his ex-wife Jane. The film has some interesting omissions; we do not hear anything from his children or his second ex- wife. Nonetheless it pays tribute to Hawking's unique ability to render difficult scientific concepts accessible to mass audiences. This is someone who thoroughly deserves the recognition he has achieved. HAWKING can prove difficult to watch at times; it does not shy away from discussing Hawking's medical disabilities in graphic detail. On the whole, however, it is an optimistic piece, celebrating the strength of the human spirit.

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