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G| 1 hr. 24 min.

Plot Summary
In part an adaptation of cosmologist Stephen Hawking's popular book about his theories of the universe, this documentary also shows Hawking's daily life as he deals with the ALS that renders him virtually immobile and unable to speak without the use of computer. Hawking's friends, family, former classmates and peers are interviewed about not only his theories but the man himself. Director Errol Morris uses creative graphics to visually illustrate Hawking's complex ideas.

Cast: Isobel Hawking , Stephen Hawking , Janet Humphrey , Mary Hawking , Basil King , Derek Powney , Norman Dix , Robert Berman

Director: Errol Morris

Genres: Documentary

Distributor: Triton Pictures

A Brief History Of Time (1991)

Release Date: October 17th, 1991|1 hr. 24 min.

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  • 100
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    The beauty of Morris' achievement is the way he fuses Hawking's work in theoretical physics with his subject's life history -- finding subtle connections between the two, and avoiding the pat, predictable structure of biographical film. [28 Aug 1992, p.C3] show more

  • 100
    Jay Carr Boston Globe

    It's more than science, more than biography, more than metaphor. Fusing all three and linking them to a profound human dimension that never cheapens the man or his macrospeculations, it ties them to shared human destiny. As Morris' elliptical style circles and deepens its themes with each pass, A Brief History of Time turns into film's own expanding universe. [14 Sep 1992, p.50] show more

  • 88
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Hawking is as much a phenomenon as the phenomena he explores. Knowing that, A Brief History Of Time has the deceptive simplicity of an elegant equation - it merely sets up the parallels and permits us to wonder, gazing upon the heavens above and the mysteries within. [28 Aug 1992] show more

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