December 7th, 1984


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A joint American-Soviet space expedition is sent to Jupiter to learn what happened to the Discovery.

Release Year: 1984

Rating: 6.6/10 (23,467 voted)

Director: Peter Hyams

Stars: Roy Scheider, John Lithgow, Helen Mirren

In this sequel to 2001: A Space Odyssey, a joint American- Soviet expedition is sent to Jupiter to discover what went wrong with the U.S.S. Discovery against a backdrop of growing global tensions. Among the mysteries the expedition must explain are the appearance of a huge black monolith in Jupiter's orbit and the fate of H.A.L., the Discovery's sentient computer. Based on a novel written by Arthur C. Clarke.

Writers: Arthur C. Clarke, Peter Hyams

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(voice)
Madolyn Smith Osborne - Caroline Floyd (as Madolyn Smith)
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

Taglines: We are not alone.

Release Date: 7 December 1984

Filming Locations: Plains of San Augustin, Magdalena, New Mexico, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $28,000,000(estimated)

Gross: $40,200,000 (USA)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Cameo: [Arthur C. Clarke] sitting on a park bench in front of the White House, feeding the pigeons.

Revealing mistakes: As the Leonov brakes around the dark side of Jupiter, the cable run used to pull the fireball past the camera is visible. Also, bits of flame can be seen to drop off the fireball as though pulled straight down to the bottom of the frame, when no such thing would happen.

[first lines]
Dave Bowman: My God! It's full of stars!

User Review

In the future, there are no lightbulbs

Rating: 7/10

I wondered that when the interior of the Leonov (CCCP ship) was so freegin' dim. Or maybe the Ruskies were trying to save power by keeping all of the lights off! That really piqued my curiosity... On the whole, 2010 is an above average, yet not superior movie. If any fans of AC Clarke's series have read the book "The Odyssey File", which chronicles the making of 2010 (the book is composed of e-mail correspondence between Clarke and director Peter Hyams. They were among the first users of e-mail technology - in 1984!) reveals the director's paranoia and even humility as he hopes his film will even come close as a worthy successor to the peerless original. That peerless original, of course, is 2001.

2010 is dated, somewhat forgotten, and does fall short of the power of Kubrick's vision (how many times have you heard THAT before?). But Stan the Man is a hard act to follow. While 2001 is timeless, 2010 reveals its easily dated personality on a couple of occasions. The Cold War theme is the most obvious. The computers, monitors, and graphics used throughout are instantly identifiable, dressed-up Commodore 64-era tech hardware. Roy Scheider's character, Dr. Floyd, instructs his crew to "listen to your cassettes" to receive updates on their mission. Okay, so that line of dialogue wouldn't fly past 1992, when CDs were on the verge of killing the audio cassette star (*). But 2010 is not without merit. It follows its predecessor's footsteps to a faithful degree, filling in the aftermath of the Bowman-HAL fiasco, and the slew of interesting and dangerous ramifications it created.

Peter Hyams obviously set out to create a cerebral, based-in-reality production, unlike the other sci-fi movies of his day, which gave 2010 a distinct image. Return of the Jedi came out the year before, 1983, and the moviegoing public was probably still hot on heels of the Star Wars depiction of space movies, which I assume hurt the box-office chances of 2010.

It is a dated, yet hidden gem, crafted together with solid intentions and performances. The supporting cast of Helen Mirren, John Lithgow, and Bob Balaban play off each other very well and supply some thought-provoking and entertaining moments. The scenes with Bowman and Floyd are gripping, as is the later dialogue between Bowman and HAL. There are no explosions or corny "director tools" used, and the special effects (well, excluding the interior computer sets of the Leonov) were not revolutionary but get the job done.

2010 hasn't enjoyed the staying power of its contemporary brethren (Blade Runner, 1982; the Star Wars trilogy, 1977-1983; Alien/Aliens, 1979, 1986) and is a circle-square comparison to 2001. But it holds its own in many respects and is worth a few repeated viewings.