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A Brief History of Time ()


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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.

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Self - Stephen Hawking's Mother
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Self
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Self - Stephen Hawking's Aunt
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Self - Stephen Hawking's Sister
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Self - Hawking Family Neighbor
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Self - Hawking Classmate at Oxford
Norman Dix ...
Self - Hawking Classmate at Oxford
Robert Berman ...
Self - Hawking Tutor at Oxford
Gordon Berry ...
Self - Hawking Classmate at Oxford
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Self - Professor at Cambridge
Dennis Sciama ...
Self - Professor at Cambridge
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Self - Astrophysicist
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Self - Astrophysicist
John Taylor ...
Self - Astrophysicist
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Self - Research Scientist at Cambridge
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Self - Hawking Student
Christopher Isham ...
Self - Astrophysicist
Brian Whitt ...
Self - Hawking Student
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Self - Hawking Student

Directed by

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Errol Morris

Written by

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Stephen Hawking ... (book)

Produced by

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Jan Euden ... assistant producer
Colin Ewing ... executive producer: Anglia Television
Gordon Freedman ... executive producer
David Hickman ... producer
Steven Seidenberg ... assistant producer
Kathleen Kennedy ... executive producer (uncredited)
Steven Spielberg ... executive producer (uncredited)

Music by

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Philip Glass

Cinematography by

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John Bailey
Stefan Czapsky

Film Editing by

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Brad Fuller

Editorial Department

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William A. Anderson ... additional editor
Eliza Johnston ... assistant editor
Julian Rodd ... associate editor
Lisa Schechter ... associate editor
Maura E. Shea ... apprentice editor (as Maura Shea)
Charlie Silver ... consulting editor
Mary Skinner ... editorial assistant
Carolyn Stark ... apprentice editor

Production Design by

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Ted Bafaloukos

Art Direction by

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David Lee

Makeup Department

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Suzie Zamit ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Barney Reisz ... production supervisor
Paul Sparrow ... production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Nick Heckstall-Smith ... first assistant director

Art Department

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John Bastin ... carpenter
Bobby Betts ... painter (as Robert Betts)
Alan Chesters ... construction manager
Bob Cox ... construction manager
Terry Dunne ... props: UK
Jenny Dyer ... property buyer / set dresser
Jim Foran ... carpenter
Tommy Gray ... stagehand
Mark Hedges ... props: UK
Paul Hedges ... property master
Michael Hersey ... painter
Rebekah Ingalls ... props: USA
David Ned Kelly ... carpenter (as Ned Kelly)
Pat Lynch ... painter
Richard Maris ... props: UK
Alan Pearson ... painter
Brian Webb ... stagehand
Michael Webb ... carpenter

Sound Department

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Ed Barteski ... assistant sound editor
Tony Bell ... boom operator (as Antony Bell)
Dante Desole ... assistant sound engineer
Angela Dryden ... sound engineer
Bob Edwards ... Rerecording Mixer
Bradford L. Hohle ... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Scott Hollingsworth ... assistant sound engineer
Julie Lindner ... assistant sound editor
Eliza Paley ... sound editor
Ira Spiegel ... sound editor
Randy Thom ... re-recording mixer / sound effects
Bruce White ... sound mixer

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Dennis Bartlett ... blue screen supervisor
John Hughes ... CG supervisor: Rhythm & Hues / studio head: Rhythm & Hues
Aung Min ... digital effects artist

Camera and Electrical Department

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Scott Billups ... camera operator
Kevin Bryan ... electrician
Peter Butler ... grip
Philippe Carr-Forster ... camera operator (as Philip Carr-Forster)
Steve Davis ... rigger
Dave Everall ... rigger
John Foster ... clapper loader
Bill Geddes ... grip
Sunil Gupta ... still photographer
Ian Hills ... rigger
Ed Joyce ... animation camera operator
Bill Keenan ... rigger
Brian Kemp ... gaffer
Steve Kitchen ... electrician
Eddie Matthews ... electrician
Stephen Morley ... still photographer: production stills
Bob Olley ... electrician
Steve Parker ... focus puller
John Payne ... grip
Tony Sankey ... grip
Chris Schwarz ... still photographer
Ed Searles ... animation camera operator
Peter Toley ... electrician
George C. Webb ... electrician
Gary Willis ... gaffer

Music Department

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Suki Buchman ... music editor
Michael Riesman ... conductor

Transportation Department

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Ron Nanson ... unit driver (as Ronnie Nanson)
John Orsler ... driver: props
Bill Wright ... unit driver

Other crew

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Brook Adams ... runner
Ted Bafaloukos ... master drawings
Alex Baxter ... radiology advisor
Jacob Beckenstein ... archive photographs
Robert Berman ... archive photographs
Colin Bevan ... publicist
David Bulbeck ... stand-in: Stephen Hawking
Suzanna Bunting ... production assistant
Sidney Coleman ... science advisor
Becky Crane ... production secretary
Donna Davis ... research assistant
Fiona Eldridge ... publicist
Buck Ewing ... transcriptions
Philip Gaze ... runner
Karen Gordon ... production secretary
David Hohmann ... graphics coordinator
Alan John ... financial controller
Raymond Laflamme ... time reverse calculations
Lynda Levy ... unit publicist (as Linda Levy) / unit publicist
Sharon Mansfield ... runner
David Mason ... wheelchair/computer consultant
Rachel McCallister ... publicist
Carolyn Moore ... production assistant
Rosemary Nicholls ... chicken wrangler
Don Page ... archive photographs
Keir Pearson ... research assistant
Nick Powers ... back projection supervisor
Ana Ransom ... transcriptions
Christine A. Sacani ... production coordinator: USA
David Schisgall ... assistant: Errol Morris
Paul Sowerbutts ... production associate
Kip Thorne ... archive photographs
Walter Woltosz ... technical advisor
Jonathan Dana ... studio executive (uncredited)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines Where did the universe come from? Will time ever come to an end? Which came first, the chicken or the egg? See more »
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Also Known As
  • Une brève histoire du temps (France)
  • Eine kurze Geschichte der Zeit (Germany)
  • Ajan lyhyt historia (Finland)
  • Dal big bang ai buchi neri (Italy)
  • Uma Breve História do Tempo (Brazil)
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  • 80 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia Appearances to the contrary, all interviews were filmed on sets built for the movie. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Honeymoon in Vegas/Christopher Columbus: The Discovery/Bob Roberts/Storyville/A Brief History of Time (1992). See more »
Quotes [last lines]
Stephen Hawking: If we do discover a complete theory of the universe, it should in time be understandable in broad principle by everyone, not just a few scientists. Then we shall all - philosophers, scientists, and just ordinary people - be able to take part in the discussion of why it is that we and the universe exist. If we find the answer to that, it would be the ultimate triumph of human reason. For then we would know the mind of God.
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