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A Brief History of Time (1991)

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A film about the life and work of the cosmologist, Stephen Hawking, who despite his near total paralysis, was one of the great minds of all time.

Director:

Errol Morris

Writer:

Stephen Hawking (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Isobel Hawking Isobel Hawking ... Herself - Stephen Hawking's Mother
Stephen Hawking ... Himself
Janet Humphrey Janet Humphrey ... Herself - Stephen Hawking's Aunt
Mary Hawking Mary Hawking ... Herself - Stephen Hawking's Sister
Basil King Basil King ... Himself - Hawking Family Neighbor
Derek Powney Derek Powney ... Himself - Hawking Classmate at Oxford
Norman Dix Norman Dix ... Himself - Hawking Classmate at Oxford
Robert Berman Robert Berman ... Himself - Hawking Tutor at Oxford
Gordon Berry Gordon Berry ... Himself - Hawking Classmate at Oxford
Roger Penrose Roger Penrose ... Himself - Professor at Cambridge
Dennis Sciama Dennis Sciama ... Himself - Professor at Cambridge
John Wheeler John Wheeler ... Himself - Astrophysicist
Brandon Carter Brandon Carter ... Himself - Astrophysicist
John Taylor John Taylor ... Himself - Astrophysicist
Kip Thorne ... Himself - Research Scientist at Cambridge
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Unlike the book, this film is really an anecdotal biography of Stephen Hawking. Clips of his lectures, interviews with friends and family and a little physics are thrown together. Written by Jim Sadur <jsadur@keyflux.com>

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Where did the universe come from? Will time ever come to an end? Which came first, the chicken or the egg?


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

16 October 1992 (Australia) See more »

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Ajan lyhyt historia See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,279,692
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Black and White | Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Appearances to the contrary, all interviews were filmed on sets built for the movie. See more »

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[first lines]
Stephen Hawking: Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Did the universe have a beginning, and if so, what happened before then? Where did the universe come from, and where is it going?
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Featured in A Brief History of Errol Morris (2000) See more »

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life, the universe, and everything
8 November 2010 | by mjneu59See all my reviews

Documentary maker Errol Morris tackles nothing less than the origin and fate of the universe, placing the often mind-bending theories of the popular science guide alongside a portrait of the author himself, British cosmologist Stephen Hawking, who for many years has been confined to a wheelchair, unable to move or speak, while his mind has been ranging freely all over creation. Hawking (and his ideas) can't help but inspire a compelling film, but there's an uncomfortable sense of déjà vu because the style is identical to 'The Thin Blue Line', with the same Philip Glass music score, the same oddball graphic digressions, and the same clips from old Hollywood movies (in this case Disney's 'The Black Hole', with mad scientist Maximillian Schell). But unlike the previous film there isn't any sense of resolution, because the questions posed by Hawking ("why do we remember the past, but not the future?") will likely never be answered. Out of respect for the scientist Morris downplays the deadpan ridicule that made his earliest films so amusing, but there's no shortage of the trademark dry wit, much of it provided by Hawking himself, who narrates most of the film with his own computer generated voice.


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