The Race for the Double Helix (1986)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Biopic [feature]  |   Run Time - 107 min.  |   Countries - UK  |  
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This British made-for-television movie tells the story of the 1950s competition to unlock the mystery behind DNA, and the personal and political tribulations that accompanied the endeavor. Jeff Goldblum stars as American scientist Jim Watson, and Tim Pigott-Smith is Britain's Francis Crick. Together, the non-traditional scientists raced to find the structure of the DNA molecule before their contemporaries did the same. The film was based on the book of the same name by James Watson.

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rival, genetic-engineering, genius, Nobel-Prize, race-against-time, research, scientist, secrets, whiz-kid