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Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed (2008)

Ben Stein , Richard Dawkins , Nathan Frankowski  |  PG |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (953 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ben Stein, Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Richard Sternberg, Mark Souder
  • Directors: Nathan Frankowski
  • Format: Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Premise
  • DVD Release Date: October 21, 2008
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (953 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,818 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed" on IMDb

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Big science has expelled smart new ideas from the classroom ... What they forgot is that every generation has its Rebel! That rebel, Ben Stein (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off) travels the world on his quest, and learns an awe-inspiring truth … that educators and scientists are being ridiculed, denied tenure and even fired – for the crime of merely believing that there might be evidence of design in nature, and that perhaps life is not just the result of accidental, random chance. To which Ben Says: Enough! And then gets busy. NOBODY messes with Ben.

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932 of 1,324 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excelled September 17, 2008
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Now that the DVD is out, how does it differ from the film version? Even though Vivendi/ Premise won the lawsuit that Yoko Ono filed against the film for using ten seconds of John Lennon's "Imagine", the reference has been cut out of the video. I greatly respected Yoko as a performance artist and had the original records of Two Virgins and Plastic Ono Band. How very sad if a great modern artist's only interest now is gathering greenbacks. More on this in Steve Turner's excellent and revealing The Gospel According to the Beatles, which is full of absolutely unknown Beatlemania.

If anyone actually watched Expelled, they'd see that it's not "thinly disguised creationism" but rather about the freedom to challenge entrenched views. Certain sectors are always taking the church to task for supposedly limiting Galileo's freedom of inquiry and speech (in a vastly distorted account of what actually happened). Hello! Exactly the same thing is happening now, although they seem rather more silent when the shoe is on the other foot. Ben Stein is merely trying to restore the freedoms of speech and inquiry guaranteed in the US constitution to the realm of academia and the hugely controlled "Big Science" of public science foundations and those funded by philanthropic grants, including the Smithsonian Institute, National academy of Science, and the National Science Foundation.

After seeing Expelled in a theater, I wrote a long review of it elsewhere on the web. Now I see it's sparked a rather lively debate among reviewers. Actually, among those who, by their own admission, haven't seen it. One reviewer asks why people are voting against his review (which is against the film).
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16 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An important, ground-breaking documentary... May 18, 2011
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If I remember aright, this film was savaged on its initial release, with the reaction running all the way from "A film for hate-filled morons" to "A film for hate-filled morons."

Well, that was then, and this is now. This film has not done a disappearing act, and is in fact a very valuable documentary, which covers the very curious "reverse-Galileo" process currently taking place. By this I mean, we have listened to countless inaccurate accounts of how the hate-filled moronic Popes persecuted the poor innocent Galileo. Now that the shoe is on the other foot, and Atheist Scientists Inc. are persecuting anyone who thinks that science and religion may have something valuable to say to each other -- including firing them on the spot --- the atheist scientists seem curiously unable to see that they are "The New Popes."

Conformism is interesting. When I grew up in the 1950's, the curse word was "atheist" and a divorced man had no hope of winning the Presidency. Nowadays, "religious" has become the new curse word, and atheism is a badge of honor. The thing that did not change was the conformity, the group-think, and the dismissive hate of non-conformists.

This film is very valuable and worth owning for a number of reasons. The first would be the amazing computer simulation of the animal cell, which is what caused all the uproar in the first place. The second would be Richard Dawkins gladly confessing that he had no problem with the concept of intelligent design!! However, he insisted that the designers would have to be space aliens from another planet --- something which struck him as possible and likely, while the idea of a God involved in creation was absolutely ridiculous.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Freedom of Speech is at risk! February 11, 2014
This is a very well done and entertaining and eye opening presentation of the very real threat we have in America on how Science is hating on religion. Freedom of long as you are on the politically correct side of things.
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552 of 825 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow how about a real review August 17, 2008
By Hanna4
I wholeheartedly recommend this movie. I saw it because several people I know who always claim to be open minded and thoughtful totally bashed it.

I had to see it then... Seeing all these reviews which appear to be nothing but second grader rants totally supports my theory that whenever anyone does anything of consequence the "authorities" start acting like children having a tantrum or run away and cover their eyes, ears and mouth.

Just for doing the movie in this hostile environment it gets five stars from me.

If for no other reason you should watch this movie for the interview with the author of "The Blind Watchmaker."

Mr. Stein simply asks questions and the answers are precious, sad, but precious.

I loved the interview because it exemplifies the argument Stein is making through the whole movie. Stein does not hit you over the head with it either--he lets you see it for yourself.

The movie presents the fundamental argument: That Scientists should be open to follow the evidence where ever it leads however uncomfortable. He also presents a powerful information concerning what can happen to individual human rights when those in power pick up on a novel idea and run with it...

Stein shows, throughout the movie, science is impotent when scientists try to force a belief system paradigm into their thinking. The paradigm or "wall" of interest is that there is no place for religion in science therefore there can be no creator and no means to understand the origins of life other than through random happenstance (but apparently its OK to consider "little green men.")

Clarified by this movie and the rantings (I mean reviews), people don't like to question what their teachers and TV told them ad nausea all their lives.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Everybody needs to watch this
Very Informative. Very well done and thought provoking. Puts things into perspective and shows how important it is to be aware of what's happening.
Published 8 days ago by Cynthia Melendrez
The whole Evolution vs. Creation debate is an issue of "Faith" or "Belief" -- Neither side has absolute truth or provability in fact. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A thoughtful and useful examination of the current state of...
It is refreshing to follow along as an intelligent man pursues a line of inquiry that unmasks the politicized nature of "consensus science" and the stultifying political... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Jeffrey M Zabner
5.0 out of 5 stars Great video!
Ben Stein takes on the 'Royalty' of atheists, asking simple questions about the existence of God. Revealing and fascinating comments by many of these well respected scientists. Read more
Published 10 days ago by bubulah
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie
Does not debate if there is a God or not but rather why the mere mention of Intelligent design (Which is not Creationism) can get you fired and blacklisted if you work in higher... Read more
Published 18 days ago by christina romo
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful, Entertaining, True
Have you ever had an idea that has been brutally squashed by a teacher, just because you aren't thinking the way they think you are supposed to? Read more
Published 1 month ago by Entropy1
5.0 out of 5 stars BEN STEIN
Published 1 month ago by bunny
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
If you want to know what is really going on in the science world, rent this movie. As a science major I found it concerning the pressure to turn a blind eye to ideas that aren't... Read more
Published 1 month ago by lenzor
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute must see.
Absolute great video on the perspective of "Darwinism" versus Intelligent Design. Adds fuel the fire that a theory is just that, a theory and subject to rejection when the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Steven Post
1.0 out of 5 stars Rife with unsupported claims
Here are the claims made by the movie, and my reply to each of them:

1) "Darwinism is not a valid theory, as it does not explain how life began. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Brian E. Sweet
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Go to if you want to see just how misleading the DVD is. It will take courage on your part to do this. Most would rather accept a lie that they think supports their position.
Jan 29, 2009 by John A. Gerling |  See all 23 posts
From Darwin to Hitler. From Hitler to Behe.
Mr. Beazley:

I think the most important point to make is this: Nazi Germany's eugenics, like all eugenics plans, was an artificial selection program, determined by humans. This is completely different from natural selection. (Not survival of the fittest; but rather survival of those who are... Read more
Aug 21, 2008 by J. Blilie |  See all 24 posts
So if you haven't seen Expelled, you can still give it a bad review?
I can personally vouch for the fact that at least two of the three individuals mentioned in the movie were in fact "Expelled". The author and I have met with and spoken to all three, and have published a book just this month that details what happened to Caroline Crocker and Guillermo... Read more
Aug 19, 2008 by Kevin Wirth |  See all 62 posts
Intolerant PC
Here are some things that don't actually constitute a coherent argument:
1) dismissing any criticism of this film as a "rant," whatever that means;
2) raising the red flag of "academic freedom" whenever schools and academic journals prove unreceptive to some fringe group's pet... Read more
Oct 12, 2008 by Robert C. Wilson |  See all 20 posts
Win Ben Stein's Mind - A review by Roger Ebert
Ebert's deconstruction of this alleged "documentary" is one of the best of very many such pieces. Thanks for posting the link, Eric.
Dec 4, 2008 by Robert C. Wilson |  See all 23 posts
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