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Radioactive (2019)

PG-13 | | Biography, Drama, Romance | 24 July 2020 (USA)
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Pioneer - Rebel - Genius. Radioactive is incredible, true-story of Marie Sklodowska-Curie and her Nobel Prize-winning work that changed the world starring Rosamund Pike and Sam Riley.


Marjane Satrapi


Jack Thorne (screenplay by), Lauren Redniss (based on the book by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rosamund Pike ... Marie Curie
Yvette Feuer ... Carla
Mirjam Novak ... Nurse (as Mirjam Novák)
Ralph Berkin Ralph Berkin ... Doctor
Sam Riley ... Pierre Curie
Simon Russell Beale ... Professor Lippmann
Sian Brooke ... Bronia Sklodowska
Faye Bradbrook ... Bronia's Maid
Drew Jacoby ... Loie Fuller
Aneurin Barnard ... Paul Langevin
Harriet Turnbull ... Young Marie
Georgina Rich ... Marie's Mother
Elise Alexandre ... Young Bronia
Katherine Parkinson ... Jeanne Langevin
Dóra Köves Dóra Köves ... Pierre's Mother

Rosamund Pike on Becoming Marie Curie in 'Radioactive'

Radioactive star Rosamund Pike talks transforming into legendary physicist Marie Curie and describes what it was like to play the first woman to win a Nobel Prize.

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Pioneer - Rebel - Genius. Radioactive is incredible, true-story of Marie Sklodowska-Curie and her Nobel Prize-winning work that changed the world starring Rosamund Pike and Sam Riley.

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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, disturbing images, brief nudity and a scene of sensuality | See all certifications »

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In the UK, the film has a number of special screenings on March 8th 2020 across the country, ahead of the film's intended March 20 wide release, in celebration of International Women's Day. This is also the day that the red carpet premiere was held in London. See more »


The film depicts Col. Paul Tibbets, commander of the B-29 Enola Gay, radioing Washington, DC, for permission before dropping the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. This is both historically incorrect and physically impossible. The atomic missions observed strict radio silence to avoid detection. Tibbets had permission to drop the bomb when he took off. Also, no radio transmission from a plane in the Pacific could possibly have been received on the other side of the world in Washington, DC. See more »


Marie Curie: The things that make us weak are the things that make us strong.
Pierre Curie: I didn't make you weak.
Marie Curie: Of course you did. But couldn't have done what we did without each other.
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The Poet Acts Part 1
Written by Philip Glass
Performed by Michael Riesman with The Lyric Quartet
Courtesy of Paramount Pictures and WB Music Corp.
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Secrets in the science
2 May 2020 | by swowen-84128See all my reviews

This film is of the life of Maria Sklodowska or as we better know her Marie Curie. Maria was a Polish scientist who had come to Paris in 1891 to continue with her studies. The film starts at the end, now i know that sounds like a weird place to begin, but as you will see one of the first scenes are of Marie Curie (Played by Rosamund Pike) collapsing in her laboratory in 1934. As the scene progresses, Marie is seen being taken on a hospital trolley down a corridor, this is where she begins her flashback to how her wondrous life had played out. At this point i will say that you will come to realise that Marie, is scared/afraid of hospitals, of which you will see why. So we are back in 1893 in Paris, Marie (A name she took to be more "French" and be accepted) literally bumps into Pierre Curie (played by Sam Riley). Marie in her seemingly abrupt manner dismisses Pierre's interest in her work and promptly continues on her way to see Professor Lippmann (played by Simon Russell Beale). Professor Lippmann has a laboratory that Marie is using part of for her studies, but this meeting was to bring the end to this arrangement. As the only woman among a group of 23 scientists in the department, Marie now faces the challenge of finding a new work space. As she hasn't the funds to set up her own, she has to see if anyone will give her the space and a chance. She is turned down by many, she believes that this is because she is Polish or a woman, or both. Then her break comes when she bumps into Pierre once again, this time not so literally. As Pierre has also seemingly been overlooked by the establishment, he offers Marie a space in his Laboratory. He is very aware of her work and has read her papers. The story that we then know of Marie's great work is then portrayed in a very well produced drama, with the added bit of romance and tragedy.

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