“2010: The Year We Make Contact”

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Basic info
Directed by: Peter Hyams
Produced by: Peter Hyams
Screenplay by: Peter Hyams
Based on: 2010: Odyssey Two
Original by: Arthur C. Clarke
Cinematography by: Peter Hyams
Film edited by: Mia Goldman, James Mitchell
Starred by: Roy Scheider, John Lithgow, Helen Mirren, Bob Balaban, Keir Dullea
Production: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Distributor: MGM/UA Entertainment Co.
Budget: 28 million USD
Box office: 40.4 million USD
Country: USA
Language: English, Russian
Release: 1984
Genre: Action, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Run-time: 116 minutes.

Table of contents

“2010: The Year We Make Contact” Basic info
Table of contents
Awards history “2010: The Year We Make Contact”
Different approaches from Stanley Kubrick
Similarities with “2001: A Space Odyssey”
Humanity and peace
List of Cast & Staff
Comic book
Author: Takuya Nagata

“2010: The Year We Make Contact”


“2010: The Year We Make Contact” is a sequel to the movie “2001: A Space Odyssey” released in 1968.

“2010: The Year We Make Contact” is a movie directed and produced by Peter Hyams and released in 1984. This piece is based on the novel “2010: Odyssey Two” written by Arthur C. Clarke and published in 1982. 

It’s a thrilling space adventure. The story making of “2001: A Space Odyssey” was the joint work of Stanley Kubrick and Clarke. On the other hand, “2010: Odyssey Two” was the solo effort of Clarke, and it’s the original novel that the movie is based on.

The certain differences can be found between the novel and the movie of “2001: A Space Odyssey.” It reflected different ideas from the writer and the director. “2010: The Year We Make Contact” follows details of “2010: Odyssey Two” more accurately.

Awards history “2010: The Year We Make Contact”

Academy Awards:
Best Art Direction nominated (Art Direction: Albert Brenner, Set Decoration: Rick Simpson).
Best Costume Design nominated (Patricia Norris).
Best Sound nominated (Michael J. Kohut, Aaron Rochin, Carlos Delarios, Gene S. Cantamessa).
Best Visual Effects nominated (Richard Edlund, Neil Krepela, George Jenson, Mark Stetson).
Best Makeup nominated (Michael Westmore).

Saturn Awards:
Best Science Fiction Film nominated (“2010: The Year We Make Contact”).
Best Costumes nominated (Patricia Norris).
Best Special Effects nominated (Richard Edlund).

Hugo Awards:
Best Dramatic Presentation won (Peter Hyams, Arthur C. Clarke).

Different approaches from Stanley Kubrick

Peter Hyams contacted Stanley Kubrick prior to the production, and Kubrick supported the ideas of making the sequel of “2001: A Space Odyssey.” Arthur C. Clarke and Kubrick made cameo appearances.

Kubrick was supportive for Peter Hyams to make his own movie. Hyams deliberately used a different style from “2001: A Space Odyssey” because it was simply impossible to reproduce what Kubrick achieved.

“2010: The Year We Make Contact” employed more conventional methods with higher pace and more dialogues to guide the narrative.

The Knowledge and images available about space advanced dramatically since the 1960’s when “2001: A Space Odyssey” was produced.

Peter Hyams had to build sets and miniature models of spaceships from scratch because no materials from “2001: A Space Odyssey” were available. Stanley Kubrick preferred his materials not to be reused, and he disposed of almost all of them.

Similarities with “2001: A Space Odyssey”

The monolith standing in Europa where primeval creatures inhabit in the ending of “2010: The Year We Make Contact” is just like the monolith that inspired apes of the prehistoric earth in the opening of “2001: A Space Odyssey.”

Humanity and peace

The story implies the risk of a nuclear war. When Arthur C. Clarke wrote the original novel, the tension between USA and USSR was running high, and the world got embroiled in the Cold War. This must have been the statement to the world to join hands and live in peace.

In reality, Americans and Russians would be cooperating in space development later. Although it’s a fictional story, it’s very relevant to the world of today.

Peter Hyams describes that the movie is “optimistic, sentimental and emotional. It’s about human beings and peace.” Hyams is successful in provoking people into wonders and hopes.


The Genesis’ keyboardist, Tony Banks was commissioned to make the soundtrack for “2010: The Year We Make Contact.” It was not used in the final movie, however. Instead, David Shire made the soundtrack with Craig Huxley. A&M Records released the soundtrack. Many of the compositions in the soundtrack are played with digital synthesizers. 2 compositions use a symphony orchestra.

List of Cast & Staff

Roy Scheider (as Dr. Heywood Floyd)
John Lithgow (as Dr. Walter Curnow)
Helen Mirren (as Tanya Kirbuk)
Bob Balaban (as Dr. R. Chandra)
Keir Dullea (as captain, David Bowman)
Douglas Rain (as the voice of HAL 9000)
Madolyn Smith (as Caroline Floyd)
Dana Elcar (as Dimitri Moisevitch)
Taliesin Jaffe (as Christopher Floyd)
James McEachin (as Victor Milson)
Natasha Shneider (as Irina Yakunina)
Vladimir Skomarovsky (as Yuri Svetlanov)
Elya Baskin (as Maxim Brailovsky)
Savely Kramarov (as Dr. Vladimir Rudenko)
Oleg Rudnik (as Dr. Vasil Orlov)
Victor Steinbach (as Alexei Leonov crew, Mikolaj Ternovsky)
Jan Triska (as Alexei Leonov crew, Alexander Kovalev)
Mary Jo Deschanel (as Bowman’s widow, Betty Fernandez)
Herta Ware (as David Bowman’s mother, Jessie Bowman)
Olga Mallsnerd (as the voice of SAL 9000)
Robert Lesser (as Dr. Hirsch)
Cheryl Carter (as nurse)
Ron Recasner (as a hospital neurosurgeon)
Larry Carroll (as anchorman on TV)
Gary Lockwood (as archive footage, Dr. Frank Poole)
Arthur C. Clarke (as a man on a park bench)
Arthur C. Clarke (as the president of USA on the Time Magazine)
Stanley Kubrick (as the the Premier of USSR on the Time Magazine)

Director: Peter Hyams
Producer: Peter Hyams
Associate producer: Neil A. Machlis, Jonathan A. Zimbert
Screenplay writer: Peter Hyams
Director of photography: Peter Hyams
Film editor: Mia Goldman, James Mitchell
Production Design: Albert Brenner
Set Decoration: Rick Simpson
Costume Design: Patricia Norris
Music: Craig Huxley, William Saracino, David Shire, Tom Brown, Aaron Rochin, Herbert W. Spencer


It has been 9 years since the Jupiter mission of the spaceship Discovery One was folded after 4 crews were killed and Captain David Bowman went missing in 2001. As a result of the misfortune, Dr. Heywood Floyd stepped down from the head of the USA’s National Council for Astronautics.

USA and USSR compete in space development. The Soviet spaceship Alexei Leonov gets ready before the American spacecraft Discovery Two. The Russians request Americans to join the mission to look into what happened to Discovery One.

Discovery One is to collide with Io, a moon of Jupiter before Discovery Two is complete. Therefore, USA decide to dispatch Dr. Heywood Floyd, Dr. Walter Curnow who is the Discovery designer and Dr. Chandra who is the inventor of HAL 9000.

The crew find evidence of life on Europa, 1 of Jupiter’s moons, which appears infertile

at first glance. They execute the remote search on Europa and gather information. Then something suddenly destroys the remote machine and all data. Russian members think the explosion was caused by static electricity, however, Dr. Heywood Floyd perceives it’s the caution to make humans distant from Europa.

The crew eventually find Discovery One in space above Jupiter. Dr. Walter Curnow repairs the spaceship and Dr. Chandra reboots HAL 9000, the AI computer. The huge monolith, which Discovery One investigated, is also found.

Cosmonaut Max Brailovsky in an EVA pod intends to approach the monolith but gets turned away. David Bowman, the captain of Discovery One and now the immortal being of space, travels to the earth to say farewell to his family such as his wife and his ill mother.

Dr. Chandra identifies causes behind the misconduct of HAL 9000. The National Security Council of USA ordered HAL 9000 to keep the real mission about the monolith secret to the most of members onboard. It conflicted with HAL 9000’s programming of open and precise data processing. Dr. Heywood Floyd insists that the moves made by the NSC are out of his knowledge.

The war breaks out between USA and USSR on the earth, and the American crew are ordered to transfer to Discovery One. Both spaceships the Discovery and Alexei Leonov intend to head to the earth from Jupiter with time. However, David Bowman turns up and tells Dr. Heywood Floyd that everyone has to go from Jupiter within a few days. They don’t take it seriously at the beginning.

Then Floyd and Kirbuk realize that the monolith went missing. A black spot is found on Jupiter, which is a bunch of monoliths growing in numbers. They notice that the monoliths are transforming Jupiter dramatically and finally realize the immediate requirements of escape.

American and Russian crews help each other to evacuate due to the urgent state of Jupiter. They use the spaceship Discovery as a booster rocket to accelerate the spaceship Alexei Leonov, so that they reach the safety zone in time.

HAL 9000 needs to operate correctly to achieve the evacuation. Crew aren’t sure of the reaction from HAL 9000 because it literally means self-destruction. HAL 9000 advises to investigate the transformation of Jupiter, however accepts the destiny after being told the real plan.

The spaceship Discovery is used as a booster and Alexei Leonov flies out of danger with all the crew onboard. As a result of the narrow escape, Discovery and HAL 9000 get abandoned in space again.

David Bowman indicates that he and HAL 9000 will be reunited shortly while Discovery and HAL 9000 are destroyed and swallowed into explosion. The monoliths generate nuclear fusion and convert Jupiter into the small planet.

David Bowman sends out a message to the earth. “All these worlds are yours – except Europa. Attempt no landing there. Use them together. Use them in peace.” 

The spaceship Alexei Leonov goes to the earth with the crew. Inspired by the amazing space view, USA and USSR have peace talks and explore to end the conflict.

Jupiter becomes a new sun. It’s called Lucifer in the novel. Europa, which was once covered with ice, becomes a humid planet with creatures inhabiting. Aliens see the potential that intelligent life may develop there. A monolith sits in the promising wetland of Europa.

Comic book

A writer, J. M. DeMatteis and artists, Joe Barney, Larry Hama and Tom Palmer created a comic book adaptation of the movie “2010: The Year We Make Contact,” which was published by Marvel Comics in 1984.

Author: Takuya Nagata Amazon Profile

A novel writer and creator. Traveled to Brazil and trained football at CFZ do Rio (Centro de Futebol Zico Sociedade Esportiva) in Rio de Janeiro. Played soccer for the Urawa Reds (Urawa Red Diamonds), one of the biggest football clubs in Japan, and toured Europe. Retired at a young age and voyaged alone to England and graduated from UCA, the UK’s university. Established careers as a journalist, football coach, consultant, etc. across Europe such as Spain. Knowledgeable in creative and technology fields as well. The founder of “Propulsive Football” (PROBALL), the world’s first-ever competitive mixed football facilitating diversity and spirits for equal participation in society.


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