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The Theory of Everything (2014)

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A look at the relationship between the famous physicist Stephen Hawking and his wife.

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James Marsh

Writers:

Anthony McCarten (screenplay), Jane Hawking (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eddie Redmayne ... Stephen Hawking
Felicity Jones ... Jane Hawking
Tom Prior ... Robert Hawking - Age 17
Sophie Perry Sophie Perry ... Lucy Hawking - Age 14
Finlay Wright-Stephens Finlay Wright-Stephens ... Timothy Hawking - Age 8
Harry Lloyd ... Brian
Alice Orr-Ewing ... Diana King
David Thewlis ... Dennis Sciama
Thomas Morrison Thomas Morrison ... Carter
Michael Marcus ... Ellis
Gruffudd Glyn Gruffudd Glyn ... Rees
Paul Longley Paul Longley ... Barman - Rowing Club
Emily Watson ... Beryl Wilde
Guy Oliver-Watts Guy Oliver-Watts ... George Wilde
Simon McBurney ... Frank Hawking
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Storyline

The Theory of Everything is the story of the most brilliant and celebrated physicist of our time, Stephen Hawking, and Jane Wilde the arts student he fell in love with whilst studying at Cambridge in the 1960s. Little was expected from Stephen Hawking, a bright but shiftless student of cosmology, given just two years to live following the diagnosis of a fatal illness at 21 years of age. He became galvanized, however, by the love of fellow Cambridge student, Jane Wilde, and he went on to be called the successor to Einstein, as well as a husband and father to their three children. Over the course of their marriage as Stephen's body collapsed and his academic renown soared, fault lines were exposed that tested the lineaments of their relationship and dramatically altered the course of both of their lives. Written by Spencer Higham

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Consider Everything. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some thematic elements and suggestive material | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | Japan | USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

26 November 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$208,763, 7 November 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$35,893,537

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$123,726,688
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.40 : 1
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Trivia

When Jane Hawking is on the medical air ambulance looking out the window of the airplane at Jonathan Jones standing on the tarmac, the other airplane visible in the foreground (with twin mounted turbine engines) is a modified Boeing 747 film prop that was featured in the James Bond movie Casino Royale (2006). The airplane is not airworthy and is located at Dunsfold Aerodrome in Surrey, England, which is also the filming location for the hit U.K. television show Top Gear (2002). Just prior to Jane boarding, in the frame where the two are hugging each other, the snow-capped mountains in the background are digitally added (there are no mountains in Dunsfold). See more »

Goofs

During the May ball, the constellations Sagittarius and Scorpius can be seen in the night sky. From the latitude of Cambridge, England, it is however impossible to see these constellations at this height above the horizon. See more »

Quotes

Brian: Stephen, your 'motor-mouth' disease, does it affect, um...
Stephen Hawking: What?
Brian: [Gesturing towards his crotch] Uh, everything?
Stephen Hawking: What? No. Different system. Automatic.
Brian: Are you serious? Well that's pretty wonderful isn't it? Well it certainly explains a lot about men.
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Referenced in Honest Trailers: Jupiter Ascending (2015) See more »

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Arrival of the Birds
Written by Dominic Smith (as Smith), Jason Swinscoe (as Swinscoe)
Performed by The Cinematic Orchestra
Courtesy of Walt Disney Records
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Great romantic movie about a brilliant man, ironically very little science
9 November 2014 | by bbickley13-921-58664See all my reviews

But it does tell an inspiring story about Stephen Hawking's personal struggle with his illness that's very uplifting.

The story of Stephen Hawking and his then wife Jane, apparently based on a book she wrote about it, which probability explains why there was not much science in the movie, not that I'm complaining, as it was a well played film about a difficult relationship.

I didn't known Stephen and his wife actually met around the same time as he began to suffer from Lou Gehrig's Disease. Makes the whole concept that Hawking has three kids with this woman more interesting (something was working). Felicity Jones did a great job playing such a strong, patient, and compassionate woman, all well narrated in this movie. The difficulty Jane Hawking had being with a man getting trapped in his own body, played by Eddie Redmayne.I have herd of Hawking's surprisingly positive personality, not because of his condition, but because I expected his condition would make it hard to express any emotion. Redmayne did his research to express the struggle of Hawking on camera nicely (I keep forgetting The Hawking is a Brit).

This movie turned out to be a great one about the time span of a relationship. Done more romantically than borderline soft-core flicks like Blue is the warmest color and 9 songs, and it was not as depressing as Blue Valentine. it was just a true take on a complex relationship taking it's toll, well performed by some brilliant actors.

If your looking to watch this movie to hear some science talk, that's not what the movie is really about, unless ironically convincing the world of his theories on time was really as easy as the movie makes it out for Hawking. Overall very enjoyable.


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