A.I.: Artificial Intelligence

A.I.: Artificial Intelligence

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Director: Steven Spielberg

Cast: Haley Joel Osment, Jude Law, Frances O'Connor


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Based on the 1969 short story Super-Toys Last All Summer Long, by Brian Aldiss, this science fiction fantasy bears similarities to Pinocchio (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,See more details below


Based on the 1969 short story Super-Toys Last All Summer Long, by Brian Aldiss, this science fiction fantasy bears similarities to Pinocchio (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 Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977).

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
As is often the case with science fiction, Steven Spielberg's futuristic drama is concerned with simple if profound questions. In this case, Spielberg seems to ask, "What is love?" -- and follows up with an even larger issue in a world where artificial life comes closer to reality each day, "Is human love uniquely unlimited?" Whether or not the master filmmaker answers these questions to every viewer's satisfaction, there's no denying that his effort achieves heartrending poignancy. Haley Joel Osment, the young sensation of The Sixth Sense, is deeply affecting as "David," a technically sophisticated "mecha" (robot) companion programmed to look, think, and even feel like an 11-year-old boy. David's circuitry is so advanced that he actually believes he loves his adoptive mother (beautifully played by Frances O'Connor), who tries hard to reciprocate but eventually realizes that she can't. This presages a centuries-long odyssey for the indestructible David, cast out of the only home he's ever known and determined to some day secure the love he so inexplicably craves. Based on a short story by Brian Aldiss, originally developed for the screen under the auspices of Stanley Kubrick, A.I. was brought to fruition by Spielberg, whose uncharacteristically stately direction suggests Kubrick far more than it does the man who gave us Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Saving Private Ryan. Modernistic sets, gadgetry, and special effects are skillfully employed to sustain the illusion of a not-too-distant future, but the core of A.I. is pure emotion. The deeply affecting performances of Osment and O'Connor are supplemented with memorable supporting turns by Jude Law (as a robotic gigolo) and William Hurt (a visionary scientist). At various points this movie will bemuse, confuse, and perhaps even outrage you -- but it will evoke feelings so powerful that you'll want to revisit it over and over again. The DVD offers two making-of documentaries featuring interviews with Spielberg, Osment, and Law. Additionally, there are three segments devoted to specific aspects of production, including a visit to the special-effects studios of Stan Winston and George Lucas's Industrial Light and Magic. Multiple trailers, storyboards, and hundreds of photographs round out this highly collectable package.
All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
A.I. is a heady but surprisingly mournful blend of styles from two filmmakers whose disparate artistic points-of-view mix uncomfortably yet produce fascinating results. This highly anticipated science fiction fable is a somber meeting of Pinocchio (1940) and the dystopian visions of humankind's downfall that fueled such futuristic films as Soylent Green (1973), Logan's Run (1976), and Blade Runner (1982). Despite the obvious parallels with the Disney feature, this emotionally wrenching picaresque is a lot closer in cynical spirit to the latter films, the story's dim view of humanity's woes astonishing coming from director Steven Spielberg, whose tastes until recently ran to the sickly sentimental. Blame it on Stanley Kubrick, whose sardonic take on humankind might have made this long-simmering but aborted project even darker still, had he lived to complete it. His and Spielberg's world views are ill-suited bedfellows and the final result shows it: depressing but poignant, by turns silly and heartbreaking, with an ending that will either leave viewers giddy with awe or giggling with glee (or both). Still, while the film unfolds schizophrenically, it also benefits from this multiple-personality aesthetic by creating a welcome, though never quite satisfied, ache for the hero's woes to be assuaged. Spielberg sets viewers up for rousing psychological completion à la E.T. (1982), but channeling Kubrick, he heads for a slightly different destination. So it is that in an age when all films must, according to corporate dictates, end happily or in buckets of tears, the quiet dignity of the film's final curtain call is a stunner. Notice must be paid to young actor Haley Joel Osment, probably the best child actor since Jodie Foster and one of a miniscule handful ever to succeed on acting talent and not apple-cheeked, adorable precocity. A.I. is not the classic it should have been, but it's one of the most unusual, eccentrically enchanting films of either director's resumé, and probably the biggest-budgeted experimental film ever made.
New York Times - A.O. Scott
A.I. is the best fairy tale -- the most disturbing, complex and intellectually challenging boy's adventure story -- Mr. Spielberg has made.

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Dreamworks Video
[Wide Screen]
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Special Features

Creating A.I.; Acting A.I; Designing A.I; Lighting A.I; A.I./FX; The Robots of A.I.; Special Visual Effects and Animation: ILM; The Sound and Music of A.I.; Closing: Steven Spielberg: Our Responsibility to Artificial Intelligence; A.I. Archives; 2 Theatrical Trailers HD

Cast & Crew

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

Technical Credits
Steven Spielberg Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Richard Alonzo Makeup
Richard Alvarez Costumes/Costume Designer
Richard L. Blackwell Stunts
Joey Box Stunts
Dawn Brown-Manser Set Decoration/Design
Rick Carter Production Designer
Marc Chu Animator
Carl Ciarfalio Stunts
Rouge City Makeup
Whitney Coleman Stunts
Bill Corso Makeup
Sean Curran Animator
Bonnie Curtis Producer
David Drzewiecki Cinematographer
Mitchell Dubin Camera Operator
Flesh Fair Makeup
Brigitte Ferry Costumes/Costume Designer
Jene Fielder Makeup
Mark Garbarino Makeup
Fredrick D. George Stunts
Chris Haarhoff Camera Operator
Nancy Haigh Set Decoration/Design
Kevin Haney Makeup
Jan Harlan Executive Producer
Joel Harlow Makeup
Gene Hartline Stunts
Lesley Headrick Animator
Pacific Data Images Animator
Industrial Light & Magic Animator,Special Effects
Craig A. Israel Special Effects
Francesca Jaynes Choreography
Richard Johnson Art Director
William S. Judkins Stunts
Ronald Judkins Sound Mixer,Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Kahn Editor
Janusz Kaminski Cinematographer
Avy Kaufman Casting
Shawn Kelly Animator
Kathleen Kennedy Producer
Pamela Klamer Set Decoration/Design
Michael Lantieri Special Effects Supervisor
Pie Lombardi Costumes/Costume Designer
Anandess Marie Costumes/Costume Designer
Masako Masuda Set Decoration/Design
Richard Mays Set Decoration/Design
Kenny Meyers Makeup
Sergio Mimica-Gezzan Asst. Director
Thomas Minton Set Decoration/Design
Bryan H. Moss Costumes/Costume Designer
Greg Nelson Makeup
Douglas Noe Makeup
Chris Palermo Stunts
Jim Palmer Stunts
Walter Parkes Executive Producer
Monte Perlin Stunts
David Perrone Costumes/Costume Designer
Joni Powell Makeup
Margaret Prentice Makeup
Nathan Rillo Stunts
Bob Ringwood Costumes/Costume Designer
Sandy Rowden Makeup
Jamie Ryan Stunts
Gary Rydstrom Sound/Sound Designer
Sara Markowitz Samuels Costumes/Costume Designer
Roland Sanchez Costumes/Costume Designer
Steven Schwartz Set Decoration/Design
Michele Sebek Stunts
Easton M. Smith Set Decoration/Design
Brett Smrz Stunts
Richard Snell Makeup
Patte Strong-Lord Set Decoration/Design
Jim Teegarden Art Director
Kim Thompson Animator
Tom Valentine Art Director
Don Vargas Costumes/Costume Designer
June Westmore Makeup
Darrell L. Wight Set Decoration/Design
William Huff Makeup
John Williams [composer] Score Composer
Kanani Wolf Costumes/Costume Designer

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