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Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed (2008)

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Ben Stein examines the issue of academic freedom and decides that there is none when it comes to the debate over intelligent design.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Ben Stein ... Himself - Host
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lili Asvar Lili Asvar ... Sara
Peter Atkins Peter Atkins ... Himself
Hector Avalos Hector Avalos ... Himself
Doug Axe Doug Axe ... Himself
Adam Behr Adam Behr ... Multiple animation voices (voice)
David Berlinski David Berlinski ... Himself
Walter Bradley Walter Bradley ... Himself
Bruce Chapman Bruce Chapman ... Himself
Anderson Cooper ... Himself (archive footage)
Caroline Crocker Caroline Crocker ... Herself
Richard Dawkins ... Himself
William Dembski William Dembski ... Himself (as William Albert Dembski)
Daniel C. Dennett ... Himself (as Daniel Dennett)
Michael Egnor Michael Egnor ... Himself
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Storyline

Academic freedom is being suppressed, says Ben Stein. He contends that professors from around the United States are being fired from their jobs for promoting, or even exploring the possibility of, intelligent design as an alternative to Darwinism. Stein interviews the expelled academics and other supporters of intelligent design. He also interviews the scientists in the mainstream, who support Darwinism. Stein links Darwinism to Nazism, Communism, eugenics and abortion. Vintage clips of educational films and Hollywood movies are used to illustrate points in a satirical way. Written by J. Spurlin

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Taglines:

Big science has expelled smart new ideas from the classroom...What they forgot is that every generation has its Rebel!

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Documentary

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic material, some disturbing images and brief smoking | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 April 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crossroads See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,970,848, 20 April 2008

Gross USA:

$7,720,487

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,720,487
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Runtime:

(European Film Market)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The movie has a complicated production history. It was originally pitched to Ben Stein as "Expelled", a documentary about "Darwinism and why it has such a lock on the academic establishment when the theory has so many holes" (in Stein's words). Scientific interviewees had received a letter in which the film was pitched to them as a Rampant Films production entitled "Crossroads", about how "the conflict between science and religion has unleashed passions in school board meetings, courtrooms, and town halls across America and beyond". When the movie began to be publicly promoted, it was back to the title "Expelled", was produced by Premise Media, and describes how "under a new anti-religious dogmatism, scientists and educators are not allowed to even think thoughts that involve an intelligent creator". The evolutionary biologists depicted in the movie have objected to the misrepresentation of the movie, and to the inter-cutting of their interviews with footage of Adolf Hitler and Nazi stormtroopers. In response, the producers have labeled these scientists "hypocrites". See more »

Goofs

When entering a building, a plastic/glass divider (clearly motion activated) opened for Ben Stein, but then also spontaneously opened again for the camera man. See more »

Quotes

Ben Stein: But will eradicating religion really lead to a modern utopia? Let me try to imagine that and let's let history be our guide.
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Referenced in Replaying: The Game (2009) See more »

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Spirit in the Sky
Written and Performed by Norman Greenbaum
Published by Trans/Tone Productions Inc. & Great Honesty Music
Under license from Trans/Tone Productions Inc. & Varese Sarabande Records Inc.
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There is only one issue.
9 August 2009 | by Neil-900See all my reviews

Intelligent Design has no evidence to support it (everything they claim has been refuted, look for yourself) and states that life has a supernatural origin. This is creationism not science. Once you realise that then everything else in the film is irrelevant. Worse than that it's so utterly biased.

Arguments for evolution and the events surrounding these arguments are mentioned then dismissed with a single comment and a pointless piece of archive footage. This footage has nothing to do with the point in question and is only there to try and ridicule opposing views.

I have followed much of the ID story for years and so much is brushed aside in this film (I refuse to call it a documentary), so much is deliberately taken out of context that this travesty can only be described as blatant propaganda.

The worst thing in this film is the way they try and blame Darwin for the holocaust, this is like trying to blame the person who discovered fire for the witch burning during the inquisition.

I do recommend that you watch this film as it gives a good insight into the methods and motivations of the ID proponents and exposes them as nothing more than sick twisted liars.


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