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2010 The Year We Make Contact [1984] (1 disc)

Director:Peter Hyams
Writer:Peter Hyams
Composer:David Shire
Length:116 minutes
(1 hour 56 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG
Sorting Category:SciFi
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IMDB Rating:6.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:64%
Amazon Rating:3.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: A joint American-Soviet space expedition is sent to Jupiter to learn what happened to the Discovery.

Reaction: More broad appeal than 2001, though it greatly relies on that movie to set the stage for this one. Very well made, though.

Personal Rating: 9/10

Peter Hyams => Director / Writer
David Shire => Composer
Arthur C. Clarke => Novel / Man on Park Bench (uncredited)
Bob Balaban => Dr. R. Chandra
Candice Bergen => SAL 9000 (as Olga Mallsnerd) (voice)
Dana Elcar => Dimitri Moisevitch
Douglas Rain => HAL 9000 (voice)
Elya Baskin => Maxim Brajlovsky
Helen Mirren => Tanya Kirbuk
Herta Ware => Jessie Bowman
James McEachin => Victor Milson
Jan Tríska => Alexander Kovalev
John Lithgow => Dr. Walter Curnow
Keir Dullea => Dave Bowman
Madolyn Smith Osborne => Caroline Floyd (as Madolyn Smith)
Mary Jo Deschanel => Betty Fernandez, Bowman's Wife
Natasha Shneider => Irina Yakunina
Oleg Rudnik => Dr. Vasili Orlov
Robert Lesser => Dr. Hirsch
Roy Scheider => Dr. Heywood Floyd
Saveli Kramarov => Dr. Vladimir Rudenko (as Savely Kramarov)
Taliesin Jaffe => Christopher Floyd
Victor Steinbach => Mikolaj Ternovsky
Vladimir Skomarovsky => Yuri Svetlanov

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Arthur C. Clarke has a couple cameos: sitting on a park bench in front of the White House, feeding the pigeons and also on the cover of Time magazine, as the American President. Stanley Kubrick has a cameo on the cover of Time magazine, as the Soviet premier.
  • In order to make the American spacesuits as authentic as possible, costume designer [?] Patricia Norris used a Teflon fabric that cost $175 a yard.
  • One of the characters is "Kirbuk", a backwards representation of "Kubrick". Stanley Kubrick directed 2001: A Space Odyssey.
  • The blue spacesuit, a holdover from 2001: A Space Odyssey, is missing its helmet, apparently because the producers thought that Dave used that helmet while trying to disable HAL in the original film. But Dave actually used a green helmet - part of a green spacesuit which was stowed in the emergency airlock.
  • Stanley Kubrick had all models and sets from 2001: A Space Odyssey destroyed to prevent their reuse, thus the model of the spaceship Discovery had to be constructed from pictures.
  • Roy Scheider, who plays Heywood Floyd, has a dolphin. In [SeaQuest DSV] he plays Capt. Nathan Bridger, who also has a dolphin.
  • The phrase "My God, it's full of stars" was not a part of the film 2001, but was a part of the novel. In the novel, the "star gate" monolith was found on the surface of Saturn's moon Japetus (or Iapetus), rather than floating in space near Jupiter. As Bowman flies over the monolith, it suddenly changes from a towering slab to an infinite tunnel. As this happens, he utters the final phrase: "The thing's hollow! It goes on forever, and... oh My God, it's full of stars!"
  • Helen Mirren's character in this film is Russian, like many other characters she has played in other films. Mirren actually does have some Russian ancestry.
  • A pod which Max takes for his ride to the Monolith has a Russian word "GRAMPI" written on it. This word is a Russian transliteration of English word "GRUMPY". In Russian the correct word would be "SERDITY".
  • The voice of the SAL 9000 computer was actually performed by Candice Bergen, though the role was credited to "Olga Mallsnerd," a pseudonym combining the surname of Bergen's spouse (director [?] Louis Malle) and that of Mortimer Snerd, one of her father (ventriloquist Edgar Bergen)'s famous puppet characters.
  • Arthur C. Clarke wanted Dr.Chandra to be played by Ben Kingsley.
  • In 2001: A Space Odyssey, HAL tells Dave that his teacher was Mr. Langley. In this film, we are told that Dr. Chandra (Bob Balaban) was his teacher. This is actually not a continuity error. The novelization of 2001 identifies Dr. Chandra as HAL's teacher, but Stanley Kubrick changed that name for the film. Peter Hyams may not have known this, as he didn't make the corresponding change for this film. Mr. Langley and Dr. Chandra are really meant to be the same character.