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A.I.: Artificial Intelligence Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

Based on the 1969 short story Super-Toys Last All Summer Long, by Brian Aldiss, this science fiction fantasy bears similarities to Brian Aldiss (1940) and originated as a long-gestating project of director Stanley Kubrick that passed to his friend Steven Spielberg after Kubrick's death. Haley Joel Osment stars as David, a "mecha" or robot of the future, when the polar ice caps have melted and submerged many coastal cities, causing worldwide starvation and human dependence upon robotic assistance. The first mecha designed to experience love, David is the "son" of Henry (Sam Robards), an employee of the company that built the boy, and the grief-stricken Monica (Frances O'Connor). David is meant to replace the couple's hopelessly comatose son, but when their natural child recovers, David is abandoned and sets out to become "a real boy" worthy of his mother's affection. Along the way, David is mentored by a pleasure-providing mecha named Gigolo Joe (Jude Law) and a talking "super toy" bear named Teddy. His adventures take him to the Roman Circus-style "Flesh Fair," where mechas are destroyed for the amusement of humans; Rouge City, where Gigolo Joe narrowly avoids capture by police; and finally a submerged New York City, where David's creator, Professor Hobby (William Hurt) reveals the secrets of the boy's creation. Brendan Gleeson and narrator Ben Kingsley co-star in A.I., which was adapted from Kubrick's treatment by Spielberg, in his first crack at screenwriting since Spielberg (1977). ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

  • Release date:September 21, 2001

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Michael Lantieri Best Visual Effects 2001 Nominee
American Film Institute Scott Farrar Best Digital Effects 2001 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Scott Farrar Best Visual Effects 2001 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Stan Winston Best Visual Effects 2001 Nominee
American Film Institute Janusz Kaminski Best Cinematography 2001 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association John Williams Best Original Score 2001 Nominee
Broadcast Film Critics Association John Williams Best Composer 2001 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences John Williams Best Score 2001 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Jude Law Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 2001 Nominee
Venice International Film Festival Steven Spielberg Future Film Festival Digital Award 2001 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Steven Spielberg Best Director 2001 Nominee
American Film Institute Frances O'Connor Best Supporting Actress 2001 Nominee
Broadcast Film Critics Association Haley Joel Osment Best Young Actor/Actress 2001 Nominee
American Film Institute Rick Carter Best Production Design 2001 Nominee
American Film Institute Dennis Muren Best Digital Effects 2001 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Dennis Muren Best Visual Effects 2001 Nominee

Cast

Haley Joel Osment
as David
Jude Law
as Gigolo Joe
Frances O'Connor
as Monica Swinton
Brendan Gleeson
as Lord Johnson-Johnson
William Hurt
as Professor Hobby
Sam Robards
as Henry Swinton
Jake Thomas
as Martin Swinton
Ken Leung
as Syatyoo-Sama
Michael Mantell
as Dr. Frazier
Michael Berresse
as Stage Manager
Kathryn Morris
as Teenage Honey
Adrian Grenier
as Teen in Van
April Grace
as Female Colleague
Enrico Colantoni
as The Murderer
Paula Malcomson
as Patricia in Mirrored Room
Ashley Scott
as Gigolo Jane
Clara Bellar
as FemMecha Nanny
Jack Angel
as Teddy
Robin Williams
as Dr. Know
Ben Kingsley
as Specialist/Narrator
Meryl Streep
as Blue Mecha
Chris Rock
as Comedian
Keith Campbell
as Roadworker
Vito Carenzo
as Big Man
Clark Gregg
as Supernerd
Jim Jansen
as Chef
Lily Knight
as Voice in the Crowd
Matt Malloy
as Robot Repairman
John Prosky
as Mr. Williamson the Bellman
R. David Smith
as Welder
Michael Shamus Wiles
as Cop
Diane Fletcher
as Sentient Machine Security
Eliza Coleman
as General Circuita
Miguel Perez
as Robot Repairman
Matt Winston
as Executive
Sabrina Grdevich
as Secretary
Jeremy James Kissner
as Kid
Rena Owen
as Ticket Taker
Kevin Sussman
as Supernerd
Adam Alexi-Malle
as Crowd Member
Duane Buford
as The Flesh Fair Band
Bobby Harwell
as TV Face
Brent Sexton
as Russell
Daveigh Chase
as Child Singer
Tim Rigby
as Yeoman
Erik Bauersfeld
as Gardener
Michael Fishman
as Teen in Van
Tom Gallop
as Supernerd
Claude Gilbert
as Cybertronics-Room 93056
Theo Greenly
as Todd
Haley King
as Amanda
Justina Machado
as Assistant
Laurence Mason
as Tech Director/Luis Sarria
Kelly McCool
as Kate the Holographic Girl
Dillon McEwin
as Kid
Andy Morrow
as Kid
Kate Nei
as Toe Bell Ringing
Eugene Osment
as Supernerd
Ken Palmer
as Percussionist
Tim Edward Rhoze
as Laboratory Technician
Jeanine Salla
as Sentient Machine Therapist
Laia Salla
as Mr. Chan's Assistant
J. Alan Scott
as Worker
Billy Scudder
as Mechanic
Jason Sutter
as Percussionist
Brian Turk
as Backstage Bull
Wayne Wilderson
as Comedian
Curt Youngberg
as Kid
Max Brody
as The Flesh Fair Band
Ty Coon
as The Flesh Fair Band
Daveigh Chase
as Child Singer
Michael Fishman
as Teen in Van
Eliza Coleman
as General Circuita
Bobby Harwell
as TV Face
Kate Nei
as Toe Bell Ringing
Duane Buford
as The Flesh Fair Band
Brent Sexton
as Russell
Adam Alexi-Malle
as Crowd Member
Meryl Streep
as Blue Mecha
Paula Malcomson
as Patricia in Mirrored Room
April Grace
as Female Colleague
Jason Sutter
as Percussionist
R. David Smith
as Welder
Andy Morrow
as Kid
Claude Gilbert
as Cybertronics-Room 93056
Erik Bauersfeld
as Gardener
Keith Campbell
as Roadworker
Tim Rigby
as Yeoman
Jack Angel
as Teddy
Michael Shamus Wiles
as Cop
Rena Owen
as Ticket Taker
Clark Gregg
as Supernerd
Ashley Scott
as Gigolo Jane
Billy Scudder
as Mechanic
Theo Greenly
as Todd
Tim Edward Rhoze
as Laboratory Technician
Haley King
as Amanda
Dillon McEwin
as Kid
Laurence Mason
as Tech Director/Luis Sarria
Tom Gallop
as Supernerd
Enrico Colantoni
as The Murderer
Kevin Sussman
as Supernerd
Sabrina Grdevich
as Secretary
Max Brody
as The Flesh Fair Band
Wayne Wilderson
as Comedian
Miguel Perez
as Robot Repairman
Brian Turk
as Backstage Bull
Eugene Osment
as Supernerd
Justina Machado
as Assistant
Ben Kingsley
as Specialist/Narrator
Matt Malloy
as Robot Repairman
Robin Williams
as Dr. Know
Curt Youngberg
as Kid
Clara Bellar
as FemMecha Nanny
Jeanine Salla
as Sentient Machine Therapist
Diane Fletcher
as Sentient Machine Security
J. Alan Scott
as Worker
Jeremy James Kissner
as Kid
Matt Winston
as Executive
Vito Carenzo
as Big Man
Lily Knight
as Voice in the Crowd
Laia Salla
as Mr. Chan's Assistant
Kelly McCool
as Kate the Holographic Girl
John Prosky
as Mr. Williamson the Bellman
Jim Jansen
as Chef
Chris Rock
as Comedian
Ken Palmer
as Percussionist

Crew

Steven Spielberg
Director
Steven Spielberg
Producer
Bonnie Curtis
Producer
Kathleen Kennedy
Producer
Steven Spielberg
Screenwriter
Janusz Kaminski
Cinematographer
David Drzewiecki
Cinematographer
John Williams
Composer (Music Score)
Michael Kahn
Editor
Rick Carter
Production Designer
Jim Teegarden
Art Director
Tom Valentine
Art Director
Walter Parkes
Executive Producer
Jan Harlan
Executive Producer
Dawn Brown-Manser
Set Designer
Steven Schwartz
Set Designer
Richard Mays
Set Designer
Thomas Minton
Set Designer
Nancy Haigh
Set Designer
Masako Masuda
Set Designer
Patte Strong-Lord
Set Designer
Pamela Klamer
Set Designer
Darrell L. Wight
Set Designer
Kanani Wolf
Costume Designer
David Perrone
Costume Designer
Roland Sanchez
Costume Designer
Don Vargas
Costume Designer
Pie Lombardi
Costume Designer
Richard Alvarez
Costume Designer
Nancy Haigh
Set Decorator
Brigitte Ferry
Costume Designer
Bob Ringwood
Costume Designer
Ronald Judkins
Sound/Sound Designer
Gary Rydstrom
Sound/Sound Designer
Sergio Mimica-Gezzan
First Assistant Director
Lesley Headrick
Animator
Marc Chu
Animator
Chris Haarhoff
Camera Operator
Jim Palmer
Stunts
Carl Ciarfalio
Stunts
Monte Perlin
Stunts
Gene Hartline
Stunts
Jamie Ryan
Stunts
Chris Palermo
Stunts
Francesca Jaynes
Choreography
Avy Kaufman
Casting
Ronald Judkins
Sound Mixer
Laurie Charchut
Production Accountant
Gregory Rocco
Set Dresser
Vincent d'Aquino
Greensman
Rico Sands
Chief Lighting Technician
Jene Fielder
Makeup
Peter A. Ramsey
Storyboard Artist
Dan Coscia
Best Boy Grip
Gary Rydstrom
Re-Recording Mixer
Gary Rydstrom
Supervising Sound Editor
David Devlin
Chief Lighting Technician
Karen Asano-Myers
Key Hairstylist
Lisa Brookes
Second Second Assistant Director
Beth Bowling
Casting Assistant
Jamie Franta
Grip
Nelia Morago
Casting Assistant
Andrew Menzies
Assistant Art Director
Harry E. Otto
Assistant Art Director
Scott Farrar
Visual Effects Supervisor
Janusz Kaminski
Still Photographer
Alex Sessing
Greensman
Ana Maria Quintana
Script Supervisor
Terry Baliel
Key Hairstylist
Teresa Eckton
Sound Effects Director
Sande Alessi
Extra Casting
William Huff
Makeup
Joel Harlow
Makeup
Ve Neill
Key Make-up
Bill Corso
Makeup
Kenny Meyers
Makeup
Kristan Berona
Extra Casting
Margaret Prentice
Makeup
Rick Boomhower
Grip
Pete Romano
Underwater Photography
Jennifer Alessi
Extra Casting
Andrew Petrotta
Assistant Properties
Aaron McBride
Conception
Aaron McBride
Storyboard Artist
Liz Lapp
Assistant Art Director
Chris Haarhoff
Steadicam Operator
John Merton
ADR Recordist
Mark Garbarino
Makeup
Jason Vanover
Greensman
Erica Frauman
Post Production Supervisor
Richard Snell
Makeup
Les Hunter
Visual Effects Producer
David Rawley
Costumes Supervisor
Victor Shelehov
Grip
Patricia Churchill
Unit Production Manager
Lisbeth Wynn-Owen
Production Coordinator
Kevin Haney
Makeup
Douglas Noe
Makeup
Suzan Wexler
Assistant Art Director
Matt Marden
Grip
Baqi Kopelman
Assistant Chief Lighting Technician
Patrick Crane
First Assistant Editor
Rick Rader
Grip
Ramsey Avery
Assistant Art Director
June Westmore
Makeup
Alvaro Martinez
Grip
Henry LaBounta
Visual Effects Supervisor
Brian Aldiss
Short Story Author
John Villarino
Construction Coordinator
Richard Byard
First Assistant Editor
Jonathan Null
Foley Editor
Andy Tardibuono
Production Assistant
David James
Still Photographer
Kimberly Scott
Production Accountant
Jana Vance
Foley Artist
Dean Drabin
ADR Mixer
Andy Nelson
Re-Recording Mixer
Richard Alonzo
Makeup
Christopher Scarabosio
Sound Effects Director
Steve Simon
Second Assistant Camera
Christian Alzmann
Conception
Christian Alzmann
Storyboard Artist
John Mang
Dolly Grip
Rick Kangrga
Dolly Grip
Brian Magerkurth
Re-Recording Mixer
Dennie Thorpe
Foley Artist
David Linck
Publicist
Nashon Petrushkin
Set Dresser
Michael Lantieri
Special Effects Supervisor
Richard Hymns
Supervising Sound Editor
Karen Meisels
Casting Assistant
Stan Winston
Animatronic Effects
Travis Crenshaw
Re-Recording Mixer
Roland Estrada
Set Dresser
Dennis Muren
Visual Effects Supervisor
Ken Wannberg
Music Editor
Kendall Moody
Casting Assistant
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