In January 1963, 21-year-old Stephen Hawking (author of the international best seller A Brief History of Time) stood in a consulting room on the third floor of St Bartholomewâs Hospital in London. He looked out on the snow-covered street below, listening in silence to the carefully chosen words of the hospitalâs senior neurologist. In two years, the doctor slowly explained, Stephen would be dead. He had been diagnosed with ALS - amyotrophic latereral sclerosis, or motor neurone disease. Featuring an Award-winning cast HAWKING is a dramatization of those next two extraordinary years. In the vein of A Beautiful Mind, HAWKING is both a love story and a historical account culminating in one of the greatest scientific breakthroughs of any age, the final proof of Einsteinâs big bang theory. Against all the odds and with the strength of this girlfriend Janeâs love, Stephen survived his debilitating illness and went on to make his ground-breaking discovery that contributed to the Nobel Prize of 1978 and is still acknowledged today.
This was an early outing for the now famous Benedict Cumberbatch. I enjoyed it on TV at the time and enjoyed it just as much some years later on this DVD. A strong production with all the elements of great drama, despite knowing the storyline. Hawking's tale is well known and this us a thoughtful and compelling depiction of his life and loves. Never mawkish, but certainly heartbreaking in so many ways. Whilst Hawking's illness is devastating, the effect on those close to him is equally profound. I enjoyed this enormously.
Just watched this film again [recorded it from bbc4] saw it first time a few years ago absolutely brilliant, Benedict Cumberbatch is a first class actor, a very touching account of the early career of Stephen Hawkins and the tragic onset of his debilitating m.n.r. A wonderful insight of this brilliant man.
Have been interested in SH since 1980+/-. Am inspired and encouraged by people's heroic struggles against the odds and this is really one of those. Enjoyed the 'fictional' private life that was depicted, and loved the scientific parts. For someone who does not know that much, this film neatly sorted out precisely what SH accomplished when it came to the 'static universe' debate. As for the scenes depicting the two Nobel Prize winners who discovered the residual hiss of the big bang, this movie was worth watching for that alone. And of course am a big Cummberbatch fan, and enjoyed his performance just as much as I always do. I wish there'd been more, but what was there was really worth it, and is a movie that will be watched again.
So while there's all the buzz about the Theory of Everything, no-one's mentioned that Cumberbatch had given a portrayal of Hawking at university and the time of his diagnosis in this quiet, understated film from the BBC for which he was Bafta nominated. Great British supporting cast with well-known faces, Well worth watching.
Hawking is one of the better BBC productions, and Ben Cumberbatch manages to portray the scientist in his early years both beautifully and saddening. Not only does the film cover the most important of Hawking's ideas, but, more importantly, his disease and his way of dealing with it and fighting a fight that everyone thought he had already lost. It's a very inspirational film with a perfect performance by the actors.
I highly recommend this film, because it shows how strong a human being can be when both physical and professional obstacles are thrown in his way.