Darwin movie too evolved for U.S. audiences

TIFF opener can’t find distributors

Creation, the British movie about Charles Darwin that opened the Toronto Film Festival, has been critically acclaimed and sold in almost every territory around the world. Yet the film cannot get distribution in the U.S. because its subject matter is considered “too controversial,” the Telegraph reports. The movie, starring Paul Bettany, details Darwin’s “struggle between faith and reason” as he wrote On The Origin of Species. It also depicts him as a man who loses faith in God following the death of his 10-year-old daughter, Annie. U.S. distributors have resolutely passed on the film, concerned that it would “prove hugely divisive in a country where, according to a Gallup poll conducted in February, only 39 per cent of Americans believe in the theory of evolution,” the paper reports. Already the movie has sparked fierce debate. Movieguide.org, a site that reviews films from a Christian perspective, described Darwin as the father of eugenics and denounced him as “a racist, a bigot and an 1800s naturalist whose legacy is mass murder,” contending his “half-baked theory” directly influenced Adolf Hitler. Jeremy Thomas, the movie’s Oscar-winning producer, said he was astonished that such attitudes exist 150 years after On The Origin of Species was published. “That’s what we’re up against. In 2009. It’s amazing,” he said.

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Darwin movie too evolved for U.S. audiences

  1. only 39 per cent of Americans believe in the theory of evolution,
    *headdesk*
    Do the remaining 61% reject all medical care that is based on biological research?

    • Only for the poorest among them.

    • Only for the poorest among them.

      Then they call it Darwin at work.

    • Probably not; they just live their lives with a number of individual beliefs, any two of which are almost certainly at least somewhat inconsistent with each other, and sometimes even very inconsistent. In other words, they live their lives just like me, and probably you.

      Not trying to take issue with your observation, but just saying…….

    • no but the 39% obviously should

  2. Everybody knows The Americans are another species the british HATE with an unbridled passion.

    The british hate that The Americans are another species, so they're trying to make them look like… get this… religious people. HAHAHAHA The brits are such poor losers. They invented Afrocentrism to fool the Africans into building their Israel, but that didn't work. And they NEVER fooled The Americans from Day 0. Columbus couldn't even do that.

    The british are such dumb and poor religious losers and liars.

    • What a bizarre post based on a 'flawed' interpretation of history.

    • It was written by Monkey #765 at typewriter #380 after about a week.

    • Did you happen to forget that “Americans” are indeed later generation of British pilgrims.

  3. I do have the flu and a wicked head cold, so perhaps it is just the inherent fuzziness that is my present condition, but is anyone else lost?

  4. So in other words, not enough sex and violence.

  5. Man, it must be embarassing to be an American sometimes.

  6. 54% of Americans believe in creationism.

    This is only a slice of the vast ignominy of the populace.

    In Utah the satirical movie "Zack & Miri make a prono" was banned in Utah, but the horror-porn sado-masochistic serial film Saw V opened with welcome arms into multiplexes across the state.

    Of course when the highest level of discourse in politics is that Obama has been confirmed as a secret foreigner with Muslim, Marxist, black power ties who wishes to indoctrinate youth and send rednecks to FEMA concentration camps, well its obvious why "intelligence" is a liberal fetish.

  7. Alas, there is no cure for human stupidity. Since when did fact become controversial? Those who don't agree with Darwin's fact of life can stay at church instead of visiting the multiplex.

    "[...] only 39 per cent of Americans believe in the theory of evolution [...]"

    Other facts:

    41% of Americans today believe that Saddam Hussein was involved in 9/11.

    2/3 of Americans can't name the three branches of the U.S. government (but 75% can name the American Idol Judges).

    24% can't name the country America fought in the Revolutionary War.

    58% of American Republicans either believe Obama is not a citizen of are unsure of his citizenship.

    18% of Americans believe the Sun revolves around the Earth.

    Well, I guess in the end this story doesn't surprise me.

    • …and 93.735% of statistics cited in internet threads are made up on the spot

      • I have sources for these stats, but every-time I posted it, one of the websites wouldn't link properly. So I'd fix it by editing it; then an error message covered the screen and I couldn't access this story until I quit my web browser and started over. After doing this five times, I got annoyed and posted it without the sources.

        If you really want to know; the Saddam 9/11 link was from Newsweek, the branches of government was from Georgia State University, the Revolutionary War one was from Gallup Polls, Republicans don't believe Obama is a citizen was from Political Wire, and the Sun revolving the Earth was from Gallup Polls.

  8. Alas, there is no cure for human stupidity. Since when did fact become controversial? Those who don't agree with Darwin's fact of life can stay at church instead of visiting the multiplex.

    "[...] only 39 per cent of Americans believe in the theory of evolution [...]"

    Other facts:

    41% of Americans today believe that Saddam Hussein was involved in 9/11.

    2/3 of Americans can't name the three branches of the U.S. government (but 75% can name the American Idol Judges).

    24% can't name the country America fought in the Revolutionary War.

    58% of American Republicans either believe Obama is not a citizen or are unsure of his citizenship.

    18% of Americans believe the Sun revolves around the Earth.

    Well, I guess in the end this story doesn't surprise me.

  9. …..movies depict stories that storytellers use to difuse, restore, negate, praise, highlight, express a trillion emotions, evoke good, bad, sad, happy emotions. but sometimes it does not work, hang in there guys there is enough free marketing now that someone will purchase your interpretation…have faith in your product! it is a story and apparently from reviews it strikes a chord albeit undefined……

  10. Wow! Us poor bawkrad Amerecins! Funny, during WWII, it seems our disbelief in Darwin had little to do with economic power, and “backward America” was capable of defeating the “advanced evolution-believing” Germany and Japan economically, technically and of course militarily. After the war a creationist—Wernher von Braun (another one of those dunderheaded religious right wing wackos)—headed the Apollo space program that got to the moon (hmmm something that somehow all the other "evolved" "intellectual" nations on earth have yet to do–must be a backward thinking idea to land on the moon, provide every deep space probe & extraterrestial landing craft that has ever been–woe to those poor cretins in America; such incompetence from not believing ol' Charlie).

    • the statistics listed above werent purposed to reinforce a negative generalization on american intelligence, they were consciousness-raisers to the pitiful level of intelligence x% of americans possess

      and fyi russia was the hero nation of WWII : P

  11. (cont'd)
    American schools, most of which refused to teach Darwinian evolution at the time produced (between 1925 and 1957) more Nobel prizes than the rest of the world put together. Of course, now that they're handing those out to such great scientists as Al Gore (not for the incredible feat of inventing the internet but of writing a book which raised conciousness levels of just how flawed global warming statistics are, despite the fact that such was not his intent!) and such peace lovers as Yasi Arafat (whose name says it all), we "backwards" Americans really don't pay too much attention to those Nobel guys anymore.
    And as to our private-based, most advanced health care in the world, we'll cya Nucks in Detroit when you need a heart cath or bypass surgery & you're on a three year waiting list in that "well-informed" "advanced" but cold land to the North! Luv ya!

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