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Films about (fictional) physicists

  1. Feb 15, 2008 #1
    Can anybody recommend a movie about physicists or physics students? It seems that math people seem to have gotten most of the limelight in the last few years. However, there's a film coming out in April which I'm curious about:

    "Dark Matter"

    Dana Scully had a physics degree, but that barely ever came up on "The X-Files". In "Spiderman" Peter Parker was studying physics.... But in these cases physics mostly serves as a cheap way to give a character credibility without actually being important to the character.

    I'm particularly interested to hear about films where ideas from physics work as metaphors for some other aspect of the story. I can only think of a couple books which accomplish this in a very compelling way - "The Genius and the Goddess" (Aldous Huxley), "Music In A Foreign Language" (Andrew Crumey) and "The Crying of Lot 49" (Thomas Pynchon).
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  3. Feb 15, 2008 #2
    Real Genius.
  4. Feb 15, 2008 #3
    Excuse me? How can anyone forget Christopher Lloyd as http://www.imdb.com/media/rm912824576/ch0001831" [Broken]?
    “There's that word again; ‘heavy’. Why are things so heavy in the future? Is there a problem with the earth's gravitational pull?”
    “Wait a minute, Doc. Ah... Are you telling me you built a time machine... out of a DeLorean?”
    “The way I see it, if you're gonna build a time machine into a car, why not do it with some style?”

    And if you're talking comic book heroes you've got yer http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reed_Richards" [Broken] (awesome job Patrick Stewart!).

    Going way back in the history of film, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Klaatu_%28The_Day_the_Earth_Stood_Still%29" [Broken] is also a physicist.

    The character Sherlock Holmes is a scientist in general and spends lots of time monologuing about the scientific method. The scientist-hero http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dr._Who" [Broken] seems like he'd be classified as a physicist if anything, though he basically appears to know everything.
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  5. Feb 15, 2008 #4
    And here's an http://www.imdb.com/Find?select=Plots&for=physicist" [Broken] for “physicist”.
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  6. Feb 16, 2008 #5
    Oh, how could I have forgotten "Back to the Future"? Thanks!

    Thanks for the IMDB hint. Unfortunately there's no way to filter out the crappy films. ;-)

    Here's my favourite entry so far:


    Two story lines in one bondage film: in the first tale, Natasha and Connie both have dreams of being tied and gagged in a strange white room. Too soon, the dreams turn to reality. In the second feature, a colleague breaks into a beautiful physicist's home, ties her up and searches her office for a secret research project while the lovely damsels struggles in her bonds.
  7. Feb 16, 2008 #6
    Whoa. Sounds like the créme de crap.
  8. Feb 16, 2008 #7
    I forgot to say, Dark Matter does look interesting. Though I'm not really in the mood for a movie about school shootings right now.
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