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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.

Director:

Errol Morris

Writer:

Stephen Hawking (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Isobel Hawking Isobel Hawking ... Herself - Stephen Hawking's Mother
Stephen Hawking ... Himself
Janet Humphrey Janet Humphrey ... Herself - Stephen Hawking's Aunt
Mary Hawking Mary Hawking ... Herself - Stephen Hawking's Sister
Basil King Basil King ... Himself - Hawking Family Neighbor
Derek Powney Derek Powney ... Himself - Hawking Classmate at Oxford
Norman Dix Norman Dix ... Himself - Hawking Classmate at Oxford
Robert Berman Robert Berman ... Himself - Hawking Tutor at Oxford
Gordon Berry Gordon Berry ... Himself - Hawking Classmate at Oxford
Roger Penrose Roger Penrose ... Himself - Professor at Cambridge
Dennis Sciama Dennis Sciama ... Himself - Professor at Cambridge
John Wheeler John Wheeler ... Himself - Astrophysicist
Brandon Carter Brandon Carter ... Himself - Astrophysicist
John Taylor John Taylor ... Himself - Astrophysicist
Kip Thorne ... 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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G | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | Japan | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 October 1992 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Ajan lyhyt historia See more »

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Gross USA:

$2,279,692
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Black and White | Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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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Stunning, moving, and ultimately unique
12 August 2000 | by dubnutSee all my reviews

I was one of the few locals who had the opportunity to watch this on the big screen. The film was pulled 3 days after its release, but I happened by chance to be visiting the strip mall where the theater was located on its last day. I feel very lucky, although I wonder how a film of this nature ever made it to the big screen in the first place.

I don't recall having heard of Hawking before this film, mainly because I was fresh out of high school and carefree at the time. However, I am now well versed in many of his theories, and althought I disagree with many of his opinions, I still find him to be one of the most amazing individuals of our time. Simply, his willpower is enough to put us all to shame, and his cosmic imagination is unfathomable.

A Brief History of Time should be required viewing for anyone with any interests outside of mundane popular culture. I also recommend it if you are a writer, a thinker, or an admirer of cosmology. Anyone can enjoy this film, and I hope that you enjoy it as much has I have. We need more films like this at the theaters! Please?


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