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Creation (2009)

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Torn between faith and science, and suffering hallucinations, English naturalist Charles Darwin struggles to complete 'On the Origin of Species' and maintain his relationship with his wife.

Director:

Jon Amiel

Writers:

John Collee (screenplay), Jon Amiel (screen story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Bettany ... Charles Darwin
Ian Kelly Ian Kelly ... Captain Fitzroy
Guy Henry ... Technician
Martha West ... Annie Darwin
Anabolena Rodriguez Anabolena Rodriguez ... Fuegia Basket
Paul Campbell Paul Campbell ... Boat Memory
Zak Davies Zak Davies ... Jemmy Button
Teresa Churcher ... Mrs. Davies
Jennifer Connelly ... Emma Darwin
Freya Parks ... Etty Darwin
Jim Carter ... Parslow
Christopher Dunkin Christopher Dunkin ... George Darwin
Gene Goodman Gene Goodman ... Franky Darwin
Harrison Sansostri Harrison Sansostri ... Lenny Darwin
Benedict Cumberbatch ... Joseph Hooker
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Storyline

What happens when a world-renowned scientist, crushed by the loss of his eldest daughter, formulates a theory in conflict with religious dogma? This is the story of Charles Darwin and his master-work "The Origin of Species". It tells of a global revolution played out within the confines of a small English village; a passionate marriage torn apart by the most dangerous idea in history; and a theory saved from extinction by the logic of a child. Written by JC

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How he saw the world changed it forever


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Rated PG-13 for some intense thematic material | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 September 2009 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Charles Darwin Project See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

£10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£199,477 (United Kingdom), 25 September 2009, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$53,073, 24 January 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$340,611, 23 May 2010
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly portray husband and wife in the movie, and are actually married in real life. See more »

Goofs

The epilogue states "He was buried with full Christian honours, in Westminister Abbey." This should read "Westminster Abbey." See more »

Quotes

Reverend John Innes: Charles. Charles, my old friend, there you are. May I join you?
Charles Darwin: Yes. Yes, of course.
Reverend John Innes: Mrs. Darwin has told me about the book you're writing.
Charles Darwin: Oh, no, no, not anymore, thank goodness.
Reverend John Innes: You mean you finished it?
Charles Darwin: It's been finished for me, actually. A Mr. Alfred Russel Wallace has arrived independently at exactly the same opinion. Expressed in a... in a mere twenty pages. Now there's brevity for you. I had covered two-hundred-fifty so far and have come to a dead end, so whilst having wasted twenty ...
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Dedicated to the memory of ... & all those whose lives have been devastated by chronic post-infection diseases. See more »

Connections

Featured in Late Show with David Letterman: Episode #17.71 (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

All Things Bright and Beautiful
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Music by William H. Monk
Lyrics by Cecil F. Alexander, from "Hymns for Little Children" (1838)
Sung by Jeremy Northam and congregation in church
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" Father, . . why must the world be so cruel ? "
23 March 2011 | by thinker1691See all my reviews

Of all the greatest men in science, Charles Darwin stands taller than most. His superior intellectual searching and inevitably, his persistent exercise in evolutionary logic, gave mankind the tools with which to eventually determine the Origins of Man. In point of fact, this film, ably directed by Jon Ameil, is called " Creation " and answers the eternal question for all open-minded students, teachers and inquisitive scientists alike. Moreover, the poignant film also endeavors to unveil a portion of the private life behind the real Darwin. (Paul Bettany) Darwin himself was not only a practical man, but a deeply sensitive father and husband. Herein audiences discover that throughout his life and during his subsequent marriage to his cousin Emma, (Jennifer Connelly) Charles pays dearly for his revolutionary ideas. The story touches his association with Captain Fitzroy (Ian Kelly), Joseph Hooker ( Benedict Cumberbatch) and his most ardent supporter Thomas Huxley ( Toby Jones). However, it also reveals just how deeply he loved his children, especially his favorite daughter Annie. (Martha West) All in all, the movie is exceptional and for audiences of every age, a Classic story. Highly recommended. ****


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