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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

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?


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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UK | Japan | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 October 1992 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

A Brief History of Time 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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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Black and White | Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Quotes

[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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Featured in A Brief History of Errol Morris (2000) See more »

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Good information, bad presentation
2 December 2009 | by JustinHookSee all my reviews

A brief history of time. The cosmological content of this documentary is fascinating, the thoughts provoking and the man... brilliant. Yet I had a hard time enjoying this documentary.

The way the family members and professors are interviewed feels so unnatural. These members were interviewed on specifically built sets and were directed uncomfortably. Mostly, their accounts came across as very acted and forcefully directed. The (deliberate) non-inclusion of asked questions manipulates the given information into a very harsh and impersonal format.

I do not know who are responsibly for the interviewing but they did a dreadful job and with that took away from the viewing experience.

Overall still a fascinating documentary well worth seeing, if only for the interesting concepts presented.


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