2010: The Year We Make Contact (1984) USA
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Director:Peter Hyams
Studio:Warner Home Video
Writer:Arthur C. Clarke, Peter Hyams
Date Added:2007-03-05
Purchased On:2007-05-03
Awards:Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 1 win & 3 nominations
Picture Format:Widescreen
Aspect Ratio:2.35:1
Sound:Dolby Digital 5.1
Languages:English, Dolby Digital 5.1, French, Unknown
Subtitles:English, Spanish, French
Peter Hyams  ...  (Director)
Arthur C. Clarke, Peter Hyams  ...  (Writer)
Roy Scheider  ...  Dr. Heywood Floyd
John Lithgow  ...  Dr. Walter Curnow
Helen Mirren  ...  Tanya Kirbuk
Bob Balaban  ...  Dr. R. Chandra
Keir Dullea  ...  Dave Bowman
Douglas Rain  ...  HAL 9000
Madolyn Smith Osborne  ...  Caroline Floyd
Dana Elcar  ...  Dimitri Moisevitch
Taliesin Jaffe  ...  Christopher Floyd
James McEachin  ...  Victor Milson
Mary Jo Deschanel  ...  Betty Fernandez, Bowman's Wife
Elya Baskin  ...  Maxim Brajlovsky
Saveli Kramarov  ...  Dr. Vladimir Rudenko (as Savely Kramarov)
Oleg Rudnik  ...  Dr. Vasili Orlov
Natasha Shneider  ...  Irina Yakunina
Vladimir Skomarovsky  ...  
Victor Steinbach  ...  
Jan Triska  ...  
Larry Carroll  ...  
Herta Ware  ...  
Saveliy Kramarov  ...  Dr. Vladimir Rudenko (as Savely Kramarov)
Comments: We are not alone.

Summary: No director could ever have hoped to repeat the artistic achievement of Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, and nobody knew that better than Peter Hyams, who made this much more conventional film from the first of three sequel novels by Arthur C. Clarke. Whereas Kubrick made a poetic film of mind-expanding ideas and metaphysical mysteries, Hyams shouldn't be blamed for taking a more practical, crowd-pleasing approach. In revealing much of what Kubrick deliberately left unexplained, 2010 lacks the enigmatic awe of its predecessor, but it's still a riveting tale of space exploration and extraterrestrial contact, beginning when a joint American-Soviet mission embarks to determine the cause of failure of the derelict spaceship Discovery. Having arrived at Discovery near the planet Jupiter, the American mission leader (Roy Scheider) and his Russian counterpart (Helen Mirren) must investigate the apparent failure of the ship's infamous onboard computer, HAL 9000, as well as the meaning of countless mysterious black monoliths amassing on Jupiter's surface (an interpretation Kubrick originally left up to his viewers). Meanwhile, Earth is on the brink of nuclear war, and an apparition of astronaut David Bowman (Keir Dullea) appears to repeatedly promise that "something wonderful" is about to happen. --Jeff Shannon