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


Peter Hyams


Arthur C. Clarke (novel), Peter Hyams (screenplay)
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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
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 (1968), 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. Amongst 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 A.I. computer. Based on the novel by Arthur C. Clarke. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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The Russian spacecraft named for Soviet Cosmonaut Alexey Leonov contained a drawing made by the Leonov himself. See more »


Dave Bowman doesn't say "My God, it's full of stars!" in the film version of 2001 (though he does say it in the book). However, just because Bowman isn't heard saying it onscreen does necessarily mean he didn't send a transmission with those words. See more »


[first lines]
Dave Bowman: My God! It's full of stars!
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Lux Aeterna
By György Ligeti
Performed by the North German Radio Chorus
Conducted by Helmut Franz
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Helps to read the book first
1 January 2011 | by merylmattSee all my reviews

I was lucky - I read 2001 before I saw the movie, so I knew what the heck was going on. That enabled me to enjoy the movie and its artistic visualization of what was going on. I think the same thing applies here - if you've read the sequel 2010, you'd enjoy the movie more.

Is 2010 as good as the original? Nope, but then again 2001 was one of the best ever. This is a very good movie for its time, it helps to understand the cold war that was going on in 1984 when it was made. I'm not a big Roy Scheider fan, but he did OK in the movie. What I liked best is that it was very faithful to the book and makes Sci Fi into an art. Aurther C Clarke is so popular because he makes you see the beauty and wonder of what is out there, what is possible.

2010, like 2001, is a great visualization of what Clarke is writing about. Man's search for the truth, the meaning of life, what is important to us as a race. To me, that is all very interesting.

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Release Date:

7 December 1984 (USA) See more »

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2010: Odyssey Two See more »


Box Office


$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,393,361, 9 December 1984

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Sound Mix:

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


Color (Metrocolor)

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2.20 : 1
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