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Hawking (2004)

A drama documenting the life and work of the theoretical physicist Professor Stephen Hawking who, despite being diagnosed with motor neurone disease at the age of 21, has galvanized the ... See full summary »

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Philip Martin

Writer:

Peter Moffat
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Benedict Cumberbatch ... Stephen Hawking
Michael Brandon ... Arno Penzias
Tom Hodgkins Tom Hodgkins ... Robert Wilson
Christian Rubeck ... Reporter (as Christian Pedersen)
Lisa Dillon ... Jane Wilde
Phoebe Nicholls ... Isobel Hawking
Matthew Marsh ... Dr. John Holloway
Anastasia Hille ... Nurse Susan McClean
Adam Godley ... Frank Hawking
Peter Firth ... Sir Fred Hoyle
Rohan Siva Rohan Siva ... Jayant Narlikar
Bertie Carvel ... George Ellis
Tom Ward ... Roger Penrose
Deirdre Costello Deirdre Costello ... Barmaid
John Sessions ... Dennis Sciama
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A drama documenting the life and work of the theoretical physicist Professor Stephen Hawking who, despite being diagnosed with motor neurone disease at the age of 21, has galvanized the scientific world with his ground-breaking work on the nature of the universe. Written by Anonymous

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The story of the search for the beginning of time.

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Biography | Drama

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TV-G | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 April 2004 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Hawking See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 PAL
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Trivia

Benedict Cumberbatch is the first actor ever to play Stephen Hawking on screen in this film. He is also good friends with Eddie Redmayne, who played Hawking in the biopic The Theory of Everything (2014). See more »

Goofs

Stephen Hawkin on his 21st Birthday mentions the Beatles song Please Please Me this song was not released until the 11th January 1963 two days after Hawkins,s 21st Birthday. See more »

Quotes

Caius Bursar: It's the same rule for everyone at Caius. No special treatment when it comes to housing.
Stephen Hawking: I'm not like all the rest.
Caius Bursar: That's what they all say.
Jane Wilde: You listen to me, and you listen very carefully. This man cannot walk upstairs. His illness won't allow it and his illness will get worse. He needs housing with easy access. And you are going to find it for him, because if you don't, all the newspapers will hear about how the bursar of this college treats a man of huge courage - brilliant mind and the ...
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Connections

Version of The Theory of Everything (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Ride of the Valkyries
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Written by Richard Wagner
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Excellent!
25 February 2005 | by mark2-1See all my reviews

I have just seen this excellent film.

It begins with a character resembling Stephen Hawking slouching in a deep armchair. But, then he gets up and walks!!! This is the basis of the film. We are all familiar with Stephen Hawkign as he is today, but this film will now tell us the story of the man and his ideas before he became the the icon he is today.

I really enjoyed this film - both as portrait of a brave man and a brief description of the development of the big bang theory and some of it's underlying concepts.

Among the cast I especially enjoyed Michael Brandon as one of the two Bell Labs scientists who first discovered the sound of the creation of the universe. However, I do agree with several other comments here that the section about his German origin was confusing and unnecessary.

The film is very much aware of the fact that it will be compared with "A beautiful mind" - it even refers to the "beautiful" concept among scientists. In many ways I much prefer this portrait of a much more sympathetic beautiful mind.


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