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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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Nathan Frankowski
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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 film sets up the lecture scene as if it were an actual university lecture. While filmed at Pepperdine University, the auditorium had been rented by the producers and the lecture was not an officially sanctioned event. Pepperdine officials confirmed that the audience was made up of paid extras with only "two or three" actual students attending. Pepperdine administration claims that their student body, while overwhelmingly Christian (Pepperdine is a private Christian college), accepts evolution and does not accept the concept of Intelligent Design. Ironically, Michael Shermer, one of the "Big Science" interviewees in the movie, is a Pepperdine graduate. See more »

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During an interview (at about 27 minutes), the drink on the far right is half full, and then appears completely full in the next shot. See more »

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William Provine: No gods, no life after death, no ultimate foundation for ethics, no alternate meaning in life, and no human free will... are all deeply connected to an evolutionary perspective.
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Lying For God
17 September 2009 | by mercuryix2003See all my reviews

POSSIBLE SPOILERS: This film for me sums up the mentality of people like Ben Stein and the Christian Right: The Ends Justify The Means. Which is ironic, considering they have the nerve to show evolutionists intercut with Nazi death camps! Dishonesty, half-hidden false accusations, unfair comparisons, it's all fair game to the Christian filmmakers.

If there is someone who is more grating or unctuous in his insincere sincerity than Ben Stein, I don't know who it is. The only way I could watch this movie is to watch it as a comedy. Otherwise, if you are given to occasional rational thought, it will make your head explode. It expects you to take faith-based attacks against rationality as rational thinking. Its cartoon of how a cell works reveals more about the mentality of the filmmakers than I think they are aware.

The funniest thing about this film is its rating, which presently is 3.8. I went to the "loved it" section to see who rated it highly. Not surprisingly, it was given ten stars by a number of people whose reviews were suspiciously similar. Hmm... They wouldn't be doing something dishonest to help the cause of religion (I mean, Intelligent Design), would they? Without all of these attempts to jack up the rating for this film, it might actually reach the number 1 bottom position, beating out Battlefield Earth, Santa With Muscles, and Manos: The Hands of Fate.

They didn't help the cause of religion (at least as a positive force), and they certainly didn't help the cause of any benevolent God, with this "documentary".


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