The Race for the Double Helix (1986)

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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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Jeff Goldblum
as James Watson
Tim Pigott-Smith
as Francis Crick
Alan Howard
as Maurice Wilkins
Juliet Stevenson
as Rosalind Franklin
Betsy Brantley
as Elizabeth Watson
Yves Aubert
as Second Colleague
Anthony Benson
as J.T. Randall
Clive Panto
as Max Perutz
Rupert Massey
as John Kendrew
Geoffrey Chater
as Sir Lawrence Bragg
Nicholas Fry
as Raymond Gosling
Tom McCabe
as Bill Seeds
Vass Anderson
as Alex Stokes
Jill Johnson
as Freda Ticehurst
Katherine Kath
as Pop Prior
David Allister
as John Griffith
Lyndon Brook
as Erwin Chargaff
Vincent Marzello
as Peter Pauling
Ray Charleson
as Jerry Donohue
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