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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, is one of the great minds of all time.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Isobel Hawking ...
Herself - Stephen Hawking's Mother
...
Himself
Janet Humphrey ...
Herself - Stephen Hawking's Aunt
Mary Hawking ...
Herself - Stephen Hawking's Sister
Basil King ...
Himself - Hawking Family Neighbor
Derek Powney ...
Himself - Hawking Classmate at Oxford
Norman Dix ...
Himself - Hawking Classmate at Oxford
Robert Berman ...
Himself - Hawking Tutor at Oxford
Gordon Berry ...
Himself - Hawking Classmate at Oxford
Roger Penrose ...
Himself - Professor at Cambridge
Dennis Sciama ...
Himself - Professor at Cambridge
John Wheeler ...
Himself - Astrophysicist
Brandon Carter ...
Himself - Astrophysicist
John Taylor ...
Himself - Astrophysicist
...
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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16 October 1992 (Australia)  »

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Ajan lyhyt historia  »

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$2,279,692 (USA)
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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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Quantum Mechanflicks
22 May 2000 | by (San Tropez, France) – See all my reviews

An introspective look at the relationship between Hawking and the space/time contingent. This film expores the Gallilean and Newtonian laws and there relation to Einstein's Theory of General Relativity.

The film is methodically directed, exposing details of the man (Hawking) as well as his work (Black Holes). Interviews with his family are a little too long so sadly there is less development of his theories and ideas.

A Philip Glass soundtrack superbly compliments the film. Only one other man could compose such haunting instellar melodies (Jean Michel Jarre).

Overall I would highly recommend this movie on the basis of Hawking's 'nuggets of wisdom' and his adequate explanation of an Event Horizon!


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