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Solaris (2002)

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A troubled psychologist is sent to investigate the crew of an isolated research station orbiting a bizarre planet.



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Complete credited cast:
DBA Emissary #1
DBA Emissary #2
Shane Skelton ...
Gibarian's Son
Donna Kimball ...
Mrs. Gibarian
Friend #1
Friend #2
Patient #1 (as Kent D. Faulcon)
Patient #2 (as Lauren M. Cohn)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tony Clemons ...
Dinner Guest


Dr. Gibarian, part of a team at a space station studying Solaris, makes an urgent and self-described bizarre video request to his friend, civilian psychiatrist Dr. Chris Kelvin, to come to the station to deal with an unspecified phenomenon aboard, that phenomenon with which Chris' experience and background may be able to explain and solve. Chris learns that his trip is sanctioned by the space program as a security force had been sent to the station to investigate, that security team which is now missing. When Chris arrives at the station, he finds only two surviving team members, Drs. Gordon and Snow (Dr. Gibarian committed suicide), who are both acting nervously. Chris also finds two unexpected people there, the first, who Chris only sees fleetingly, being Dr. Gibarian's adolescent son Michael, and the second being Chris' deceased wife, Rheya. Chris and Rheya had a passionate relationship in all its good and bad before she committed suicide. Apparently, these appearances of loved ... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 on appeal for sexuality/nudity, brief language and thematic elements | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:





Release Date:

27 November 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Соларис  »

Box Office


$47,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,752,722 (USA) (27 November 2002)


$14,970,038 (USA) (7 February 2003)

Company Credits

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

| | (8 channels)


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Gibarian's line "There are no answers, only choices" echoes Nietzsche's quote "There are no facts, only interpretations". See more »


George Clooney is shown traveling in a sleek slightly futuristic rapid transit train but the rear projection/blue screen out the window clearly shows the current day "Merchandise Mart" station of the Chicago CTA Subway. Also during his journey the train he passes going the opposite direction is a present day subway train. See more »


[first lines]
[Chris's memories, in voiceover]
Rheya Kelvin: Chris, what is it? I love you so much. Don't you love me anymore?
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Crazy Credits

There are no credits at the beginning. All the credits are at the end of the film. See more »


References 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) See more »


Written by Thelonious Monk, Idrees Sulieman and Sadik Hakim
Performed by Thelonious Monk
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By arrangementy with Sony Music Licensing
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User Reviews

do they really read the book ?
24 March 2003 | by (Helsinki, Finland) – See all my reviews

do they really read the book ? The movie shows us only 2 pages from original book of Stanislaw Lem. Only 2 pages describes the love story, but Soderbergh decided to make the whole movie based on it. Why ? Where is the real sense of Solaris from Stanislaw Lem ? Where is Drama and Sci-Fi ? it is only cheap Romance. I'm quite sure he never read the book. I was forced to stop the movie after 34 minutes. I would like to give -1 point to it, but, unfortunately the minimum is 1. My suggestion - watch the movie "Solyaris" from Andrei Tarkovsky (10 points).

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