January 22nd 2010
  • Drama/Historical,
  • PG-13,
  • 108 min,
  • Other
  • Cast: Paul Bettany, Jennifer Connelly, Jeremy Northam, Toby Jones, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jim Carter, Teresa Churcher, Martha West, Zak Davies, Pauline Stone, Harrison Sansostri, Christopher Dunkin
  • Director: Jon Amiel
  • Writers: John Collee, Randal Keynes
  • Producer: Jeremy Thomas
  • Co Producer: Nick O'Hagan
  • Executive Producers: Janice Eymann, Jamie Laurenson, David M. Thompson, Peter Watson, Christina Yao
  • Art Direction: Bill Crutcher
  • Casting: Celestia Fox
  • Costume Design: Louise Stjernsward
  • D.O.P.: Jess Hall
  • Editor: Melanie Oliver
  • Makeup: Ashley Johnson
  • Music: Christopher Young
  • Production Design: Laurence Dorman
  • Set Decoration: Dominic Capon


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 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.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: London, UK; Thailand
  • MPAA Warning: Some intense thematic material
  • Production Budget: £10 million
  • Production Companies: Recorded Picture Company, BBC Films, HanWay Films, Ocean Pictures, UK Film Council
  • Production Schedule: September - December 2008

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

Charles Darwin married his cousin Emma Wedgwood. They had ten children together.

It is often thought that apart from his illnesses, Darwin may have had Ménière's disease.

2010 Guide Analysis: "Based on the book by Darwin's great-great grandson, adapted by John Collee ("Master & Commander"), shot at many real life locations important to Darwin, and with a stellar cast - it makes sense the film was the opening night presentation at the Toronto Film Festival back in early September.

Unfortunately reviews from that screening and the film's release two weeks later in the UK were congenial rather than enthusiastic. The acting (especially Bettany) and visuals were praised, but the film was often criticised for taking a rather hands off, dispassionate and timid approach to subject matter so rife with possibilities.

For a film determined to not be political, it became just that in the early Fall when the lack of distribution in the United States prompted quite a few editorials and articles from the media and religious fringe groups. The articles called out studios on being too afraid to market a film on evolution in the US where creationism holds a much larger sway than any other country in the western world. Newmarket Films eventually picked up the rights."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 25 September 2009: UK
  • 15 October 2009: Greece
  • 24 December 2009: New Zealand
  • 7 January 2010: Netherlands
  • 20 January 2010: Belgium