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2010: The Year We Make Contact (1984)

2010 (original title)
A joint U.S.-Soviet expedition is sent to Jupiter to learn what happened to the Discovery.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Douglas Rain ...
HAL 9000 (voice)
Caroline Floyd (as Madolyn Smith)
Betty Fernandez, Bowman's Wife
Maxim Brajlovsky
Dr. Vladimir Rudenko (as Savely Kramarov)
Oleg Rudnik ...
Natasha Shneider ...
Irina Yakunina


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. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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Release Date:

7 December 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

2010: Odyssey Two  »

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$28,000,000 (estimated)

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The one part of the Discovery which the audience never sees in 2010 is the rotating centrifuge where Dave Bowman and Frank Poole lived during the film 2001. This is since the producers of the 2010 film found the original set too expensive to reproduce (the original from the 1960s film had been destroyed), thus Heywood Floyd and his companions never seem to need to enter this area of the ship. See more »


In the first shot of the Leonov, the letters "CCCP" on its hull are backward. See more »


[first lines]
Dave Bowman: My God! It's full of stars!
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Referenced in Interstellar (2014) See more »


By Richard Strauss
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Fine film.
14 June 2000 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

The reactions to this film sum up a problem of perception that many film buffs seem to have. To such people, Kubrick was a genius. Kubrick made 2001. 2001 is a *Kubrick* story. Therefore 2010 is by definition a presumptuous attempt to explain what Kubrick deliberately left unsaid. etc. etc.

Sorry, 2001 is an *Arthur C Clarke* story. He wrote a sequel to his own story, called it "2010" and *he* explained what Kubrick left unsaid. I'd say he had a right. Then someone buys the film rights and produces a fine movie from it.

And it *is* a fine movie. Intelligence far in excess of the usual Hollywood SciFi garbage (Independence Day or Starship Troopers anyone?).

The scenes with Keir Dullea were far more chilling than anything in the original.

Arteur theory is still alive and well, I see.

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