2010 (1984)

USA, 1984
35mm film, 70mm (blow-up), Panavision (anamorphic), Metrocolor, 2.35:1
70mm 6-track, Dolby Stereo, English
Reviewed at The EOFFTV Review

An American science fiction film directed by Peter Hyams.

Plot Summary

Nine years after the ill-fated mission to Jupiter, the Discovery’s orbit is decaying. A joint US – Soviet mission is launched to investigate the ship before it is destroyed in Jupiter’s gravitational pull. As HAL 9000 is reactivated, Dr Heywood Floyd, who instigated the original mission, is visited by an old friend with a message that could have shattering consequences for Mankind.


Directed by: Peter Hyams
© 1984 by MGM/UA Entertainment Co.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer presents. A Peter Hyams film
Produced by: Peter Hyams
Associate Producers: Jonathan A. Zimbert, Neil A. Machlis
Written for the Screen by: Peter Hyams
Based on a Novel by: Arthur C. Clarke
Director of Photography: Peter Hyams
Editor: James Mitchell
Film Editor: Mia Goldman
Original Music by: David Shire
Production Sound Mixer: Gene Cantamessa
Costume Designer: Patricia Norris
Makeup Supervision: Michael Westmore
Hairstylist: Vivian McAteer
Visual Effects Supervisor: Richard Edlund
Visual Effects: Entertainment Effects Group
Visual Displays and Graphics by: Video-Image
Special Effects Supervisor: Henry Millar
Production Designer: Albert Brenner
Visual Futurist: Syd Mead

Roy Scheider (Dr Heywood Floyd)
John Lithgow (Walter Curnow)
Helen Mirren (Tanya Kirbuk)
Bob Balaban (Dr R. Chandra)
Keir Dullea (Dave Bowman)
Douglas Rain (voice of HAL 9000)
Madolyn Smith (Caroline Floyd)
Dana Elcar (Dimitri Moisevitch)
Taliesin Jaffe (Christopher Floyd)
James McEachin (Victor Milson)
Natasha Shneider (Irina Yakunna)
Vladimir Skomarovsky (Yuri Svetlanov)
Mary Jo Deschanel (Betty Fernandez)
Elya Baskin (Maxim Bralovsky)
Savely Kramarov (Vladimir Rudenko)
Oleg Rudnik (Vasali Orlov)
Victor Steinbach (Nikolai Ternovsky)
Jan Triska (Alexander Kovalev)
Larry Carroll (anchorman)
Herta Ware (Jessie Bowman)
Arthur C. Clarke [man on park bench – uncredited]

Alternative Titles

2010 – Das Jahr, in dem wir Kontakt aufnehmen – German title
2010: The Year We Make Contact

Sequel to
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

See also
Howard the Duck (1986)
Kondom des Grauens (1996)
Mission to Mars (2000)

Extracts included in
2010: The Odyssey Continues (1984)



  • American Cinematographer vol.66 no.1 (January 1985) pp.57-64; 65-76 – illustrated article (Video effects for 2010 by Nora Lee); illustrated article (Visual effects for 2010 by Bob Fisher)
  • American Film vol.10 no.3 (December 1984) p.92 – review
  • Cinefantastique vol.15 no.1 (January 1985) pp.8-11, 53, 57 – illustrated article, interview
  • Cinefex no.20 (January 1985) – article
  • City Limits no.178 (1-7 March 1985) p.23 – review (by Kim Newman)
  • L’Écran Fantastique no.52 (January 1985) pp.16-21 – illustrated article (2010: Le tournage by Lee Goldberg)
  • On Location vol.8 no.9 (January 1985) pp.36, 38, 40, 42, 45, 163 – illustrated article
  • Premiere April 1985 p.9 – review (by Martine Moriconi)
  • Screen International no.430 (28 January-4 February 1984) p.6 – note (‘2010’ roles)


  • Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Science Fiction by Phil Hardy (ed). p.391
  • Encyklopedie fantastického filmu by Ivan Adamovic et l p.16 – credits, review (by mm [Marek Mateja])
  • Film Review 1985-1986 by F. Maurice Speed pp.119-120 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review
  • The Films of the Eighties by Robert A. Nowlan and Gwendolyn Wright Nowlan p.603
  • Hoffman’s Guide to SF, Horror and Fantasy Movies 1991-1992 p.12 – credits, review
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films IV p.523 by Donald C. Willis – credits
  • The Odyssey File by Arthur C. Clarke and Peter Hyams
  • Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Film Sequels, Series, and Remakes: An Illustrated Filmography, with Plot Synopses and Critical Commentary by Kim R. Holston and Tom Winchester pp.501-502 – credits
  • Sci-fi Chronicles: A Visual History of the Galaxy’s Greatest Science Fiction by Guy Haley (ed.) p.137
  • The Stop-motion Filmography by Neil Pettigrew p.718 – credits
  • Trick Cinematography by R.M. Hayes pp.291-293 – credits
  • Variety Science-Fiction Movies by Julian Brown (ed.) p.119 – credits, review