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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, was one of the great minds of all time.

Director:

Errol Morris

Writer:

Stephen Hawking (book)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Isobel Hawking ... Self - Stephen Hawking's Mother
Stephen Hawking ... Self
Janet Humphrey ... Self - Stephen Hawking's Aunt
Mary Hawking ... Self - Stephen Hawking's Sister
Basil King ... Self - Hawking Family Neighbor
Derek Powney ... Self - Hawking Classmate at Oxford
Norman Dix Norman Dix ... Self - Hawking Classmate at Oxford
Robert Berman Robert Berman ... Self - Hawking Tutor at Oxford
Gordon Berry Gordon Berry ... Self - Hawking Classmate at Oxford
Roger Penrose ... Self - Professor at Cambridge
Dennis Sciama Dennis Sciama ... Self - Professor at Cambridge
John Wheeler ... Self - Astrophysicist
Brandon Carter ... Self - Astrophysicist
John Taylor John Taylor ... Self - Astrophysicist
Kip Thorne ... Self - 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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This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #699. 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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Interesting for young teens and older
28 August 2016 | by brigitte-johnsonSee all my reviews

This is a really two documentaries: one about Stephen Hawking's intellectual evolution and one about his theories. Several people reminisce about Hawking as a child, student, and young scholar. I didn't give this film too many stars because I thought it withheld information from us when it really is all about providing information. One, because the people speaking are not identified until the very end in the credits. It would have helped to be able to know that one was the sister, one the friend, another the aunt, etc. Perhaps we are supposed to figure this out from context, but trying to decipher what they said AND sorting them into categories was hard to do because some clips were rather short. Two, the theoretical explanations were too short; please don't give us just teasers, but delve into the subject matter a bit more.


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UK | Japan | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 October 1992 (Australia) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$84,025, 23 August 1992

Gross USA:

$2,279,692

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,279,692
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Dolby

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Black and White | Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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