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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
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Gordon Berry ...
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Bernard J. Carr ...
Himself - Stephen's PhD Student 1972-1975 (as Professor Bernard Carr)
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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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A brief history of Hawking
6 December 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is the second documentary that I have seen about Stephen Hawking, the Errol Morris film, A brief history of time from the early 1990s was the first one.

To me this really is about Hawking since then. A worldwide celebrity, still lecturing and writing about Astrophysics and more importantly still alive.

He has since the Errol Morris film been divorced twice, had several dramatisations of his life. This film features interviews with his first wife but his second wife and children are absent.

You get a recount of his life, his childhood, his university days and being struck down by Motor Neuron disease at an early age. We see all the emergency medical equipment he has at his adapted house where he has 24 medical care in case he stops breathing and needs to be revived. As he has gotten older we can see the effects more graphically that his disabilities has on him.

Still Professor Hawking soldiers on, travelling around the world and gets greeted like a rock star. He has the ability to make difficult scientific concepts sound simple and he seems to be comfortable with his celebrity status and his fans.

It is a story about triumph over adversity and Hawking is a remarkable man but very little here was new to me.


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