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2010 (1984)

PG  |   |  Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller  |  7 December 1984 (USA)
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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
Saveliy Kramarov ...
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 <>

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In the very near future a small group of Americans and Russians set out on the greatest adventure of them all... To see if there is life beyond the stars See more »


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Release Date:

7 December 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

2010: Odyssey Two  »

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$28,000,000 (estimated)


SEK 1,727,340 (Sweden)

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The anti-nuclear sign visible in wide-screen when Arthur C. Clarke makes his cameo in front of the White House, was an actual long-standing icon in Lafayette Park on the far side of the executive mansion, tended for years by an activist, and which grew in size by degrees over several years. The depicted version was an intermediate one. An even larger version would be banished when all semi-permanent protest displays were banned from the park due to increased security concerns. See more »


No pods should be in the pod bay in 2010. The original film showed 3 pods. All were lost. The first was lost with Poole's body. The second was lost when Bowman blew the exploding bolts to enter the airlock. The third transported Bowman into the worm hole/monolith. When the crew enters the pod bay in 2010, one pod is is still sitting in it's storage area. (Although ignored in the movie, this is explained in the book (section4, chapter 24). Dave Bowman is supposed to have retrieved pod #3 on remote while preparing his departure.) See more »


[first lines]
Dave Bowman: My God! It's full of stars!
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By György Ligeti
Performed by the North German Radio Chorus
Conducted by Helmut Franz
Courtesy of Deutsche Grammophon
A division of PolyGram Classics
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A superb piece of film-making
8 August 1999 | by (Oldham, England) – See all my reviews

When I saw 2001, I thought how brilliant a piece of film it turned out to be. Many people could not understand the meaning of the Monolith, but its meaning became clear in this sequal 2010. The acting is first rate throughout, with superb casting and Roy Scheider in one of his best films since Jaws.

The atmosphere generated by both films (more so, this one) is down to the excellent writing behind them. Arthur C.Clarke had a vision of a future and although he admits being 100 years out (talking today) there will be a time when computers like the HAL 9000 and expeditions into space take place just like in the films.

I only hope that sometime in the future, the two novels 2060 and 3001 will make it from paper to film.

I recommend this film to anyone, it is enjoyable for all the family.

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