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2010: The Year We Make Contact (1984)

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A joint U.S.-Soviet expedition is sent to Jupiter to learn what happened to the Discovery.


Peter Hyams


Arthur C. Clarke (novel), Peter Hyams (screenplay)
3,908 ( 604)
Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Roy Scheider ... Dr. Heywood Floyd
John Lithgow ... Dr. Walter Curnow
Helen Mirren ... Tanya Kirbuk
Bob Balaban ... Dr. R. Chandra
Keir Dullea ... Dave Bowman
Douglas Rain ... HAL 9000 (voice)
Madolyn Smith Osborne ... Caroline Floyd (as Madolyn Smith)
Dana Elcar ... Dimitri Moisevitch
Taliesin Jaffe ... Christopher Floyd
James McEachin ... Victor Milson
Mary Jo Deschanel ... Betty Fernandez, Bowman's Wife
Elya Baskin ... Maxim Brajlovsky
Saveliy Kramarov ... Dr. Vladimir Rudenko (as Savely Kramarov)
Oleg Rudnik Oleg Rudnik ... Dr. Vasili Orlov
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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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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English | Russian

Release Date:

7 December 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

2010: Odyssey Two See more »


Box Office


$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,393,361, 11 July 2012, Wide Release

Gross USA:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby Stereo (35 mm prints)


Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


This sequel to a Stanley Kubrick film features two actors who have worked with Steven Spielberg: Roy Scheider from Jaws (1975), and Bob Balaban from Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977). Spielberg later took over Kubrick's final project, A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001). See more »


It is stated in the movie that the monolith has dimensions 1-4-9. Its width to height ratio is indeed 4 to 9. However, the thickness is far less than one fourth of the width. See more »


[first lines]
Dave Bowman: My God! It's full of stars!
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Referenced in Red vs. Blue: After Church (2003) See more »


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"Will I dream?"
5 December 2015 | by utgard14See all my reviews

A fine, intelligent sci-fi movie that has the unenviable task of being a sequel to arguably the greatest sci-fi movie of all time. If it's at all possible for you to put aside comparisons to Kubrick's film, you should do so. 2001 certainly didn't need a sequel but, if it had to have one, it couldn't be much better than this. The story has Dr. Heywood Floyd (now played by Roy Scheider) joining a Russian mission to investigate the events of the first film. Basically the movie tries to spell out what happened in 2001 for everybody who didn't get it and provide some degree of closure to the story. It's a different movie than 2001 and, in some ways, a more accessible one. I say that knowing how many people hate 2001 for the very reasons many others (including myself) love it. The script here is not as enigmatic and the direction is less artful. The cast is very good and the special effects are excellent. It's not the experience Kubrick's masterpiece is but it is an enjoyable companion piece. Not necessary in any way but good nonetheless.

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