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A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)

PG-13 | | Drama, Sci-Fi | 29 June 2001 (USA)
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A highly advanced robotic boy longs to become "real" so that he can regain the love of his human mother.

Director:

Steven Spielberg

Writers:

Brian Aldiss (short story "Supertoys Last All Summer Long"), Ian Watson (screen story) | 1 more credit »
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1,720 ( 187)
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 17 wins & 69 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Haley Joel Osment ... David
Frances O'Connor ... Monica Swinton
Sam Robards ... Henry Swinton
Jake Thomas ... Martin Swinton
Jude Law ... Gigolo Joe
William Hurt ... Prof. Hobby
Ken Leung ... Syatyoo-Sama
Clark Gregg ... Supernerd
Kevin Sussman ... Supernerd
Tom Gallop ... Supernerd
Eugene Osment ... Supernerd
April Grace ... Female Colleague
Matt Winston ... Executive
Sabrina Grdevich ... Sheila
Theo Greenly Theo Greenly ... Todd
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Storyline

In the not-so-far future the polar ice caps have melted and the resulting rise of the ocean waters has drowned all the coastal cities of the world. Withdrawn to the interior of the continents, the human race keeps advancing, reaching the point of creating realistic robots (called mechas) to serve them. One of the mecha-producing companies builds David, an artificial kid which is the first to have real feelings, especially a never-ending love for his "mother", Monica. Monica is the woman who adopted him as a substitute for her real son, who remains in cryo-stasis, stricken by an incurable disease. David is living happily with Monica and her husband, but when their real son returns home after a cure is discovered, his life changes dramatically. Written by Chris Makrozahopoulos <makzax@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

This summer, discover the next step in evolution. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexual content and violent images | See all certifications »

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Steven Spielberg's first writing credit since Poltergeist (1982). See more »

Goofs

When Joe is being pulled away from David for the last time in Manhattan you can see the white Ariel wire on the right side of his face when he talks to David. See more »

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[first lines]
Narrator: [narrating, with ocean waves crashing together] Those were the years after the ice caps had melted... because of the greenhouse gases, and the oceans had risen drown so many cities... along all the shorelines of the world. Amsterdam, Venice, New York - Forever lost. Millions of people were displaced. Climates became chaotic. Hundreds of millions of people starved in poorer countries. Elsewhere a high degree of prosperity survived... when most governments in the developed world... ...
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Crazy Credits

The opening logos/credits feature the sound of the ocean in the background, which leads into the opening shot of the film which shows ocean waves, with opening narration explaining about sea level rise because of global warming. See more »

Alternate Versions

For the U.S. theatrical release, the Warner Bros. logo appeared before the Dreamworks logo at the beginning of the film, and the poster credits said, "Warner Bros. and Dreamworks Pictures present." Since the U.S. version's home video/DVD rights are owned by Dreamworks, the Dreamworks logo at the beginning of the movie appears before the Warner Bros. logo, and the back of the box's cover art says, "Dreamworks Pictures and Warner Bros. present." See more »

Connections

References Akira (1988) See more »

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Dodo, l'enfant do
(lullaby, traditional)
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Artificial, but not Intelligent
17 April 2002 | by csm23See all my reviews

Steven Spielberg's AI fails to live up to its billing, which really bothers me, because artificial intelligence is such a rich and variegated subject, traversing the fields of biophysics, psychology, philosophy, and even religion, that the payoffs for careful consideration of this subject are potentially great, perhaps even inspiring. Spielberg, it seems, didn't even bother to make a trip to the library, preferring instead to invest awkward and incomprehensible phrases like `human beings are the key to the meaning of existence' with eschatological gravitas.

Throughout this film, Spielberg drives home one theme over and over and over: humans are more programmatic, both in their thinking, and their behavior, than `mechas.' We watch David's parents first adopt and then abandon the robot boy because of their prejudice about what is `real' and what is not, a deliberate irony seeing as how David is in many ways more human than their biological son. We see a perfectly ridiculous `Flesh Fair' thrown into the movie to embellish this point: the `artificiality' these humans seek to destroy might just as well be their own.

At worst, the movie has a psychotic message. At the heart of the film, Professor Hobby, who designed David, delivers an impassioned speech, telling him that his singular quest to become a `real' boy at the magical hand of the Blue Fairy is a human flaw which is also humanity's `greatest single' gift: The ability to `chase down dreams. ` Problem is, if a human dreamed of becoming a non-organic being, and could not find surcease from his labors to do so, he would become, if not already, psychotic. Why Mr. `Hobby' couldn't have made the boy to accept himself as he is, which is the essence of human spirituality, seems never to have occurred to him. And so one leaves the movie with a sick feeling in the pit of one's stomach, due largely to the fact that this psychotic idea is presented as an axiom, with religious fervor.

AI succeeds in being artificial, but not in showing intelligence.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

29 June 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A.I.: Artificial Intelligence See more »

Filming Locations:

Guerneville, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$29,352,630, 1 July 2001

Gross USA:

$78,616,689

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$235,926,552
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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