Darwin's Darkest Hour

Overview

Discover the human side of one of history's most controversial figures in this National Geographic Television production starring Henry Ian Cusick and Frances O'Connor. Set in the year preceding the publication of On the Origin of Species, the film opens to find British naturalist Alfred Wallace poised to release a tome that bears an uncanny resemblance to Darwin's own life's work. As the two authors race to get their strikingly similar manuscrpts published first, one of Darwin's children falls ill with scarlet ...
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Overview

Discover the human side of one of history's most controversial figures in this National Geographic Television production starring Henry Ian Cusick and Frances O'Connor. Set in the year preceding the publication of On the Origin of Species, the film opens to find British naturalist Alfred Wallace poised to release a tome that bears an uncanny resemblance to Darwin's own life's work. As the two authors race to get their strikingly similar manuscrpts published first, one of Darwin's children falls ill with scarlet fever, and the other is infected with diphtheria. His life falling apart all around, Darwin leans on his beloved wife Emma to help him weather the storm. Despite the fact that her husband's work flies in the face of everything she believes as a Christian, Emma supports her husband and remains by his side even as scarlet fever claims the life of their beloved child.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Behind the scenes; Bonus program: Assignment: Galapagos
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/17/2009
  • UPC: 727994753797
  • Original Release: 2009
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  • Source: Nat'l Geographic Vid
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:42:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 64,734

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Henry Ian Cusick
Frances O'Connor
Technical Credits
John Bradshaw Director
Paula S. Apsell Executive Producer
Christopher Ball Cinematographer
Charles Bernstein Score Composer
John B. Bredar Executive Producer
John Buchan Casting
Brian Enman Production Designer
John Goldsmith Teleplay
Jason Knight Casting
Michael Mahoney Producer
Michael Rosenfeld Executive Producer
Dean Soltys Editor
Norman Stephens Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Darwin's Darkest Hour
1. Introduction [2:00]
2. Beaten to the Post [4:35]
3. Meeting Wallace [6:16]
4. Remembering Annie [4:34]
5. Quoting Darwin [5:52]
6. Fatherly Advice [6:08]
7. Voyage of Discovery [5:15]
8. More Puzzle Pieces [6:02]
9. Geographical Isolation [7:55]
10. Disclosing the Theory [4:43]
11. Staking of the Bees [4:46]
12. Confronting Mr. Gray [8:48]
13. Sister Confidential [5:20]
14. A Father's Love [6:20]
15. Unbearable Loss [6:02]
16. Judging Emma [6:31]
17. Conclusion [7:41]
18. Credits [2:08]
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