A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)
David is 11 years old. He weighs 60 pounds. He is 4 feet, 6 inches tall. He has brown hair. His love is real. But he is not.
IMDb Rating 6.9 (74,188 votes)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Haley Joel Osment David
Jude Law Gigolo Joe
Frances O'Connor Monica Swinton
Sam Robards Henry Swinton
Jake Thomas Martin Swinton
William Hurt Prof. Hobby, the Visionary
Ken Leung Syatyoo-Sama
Clark Gregg Supernerd
Kevin Sussman Supernerd
Tom Gallop Supernerd
History will place an asterisk next to A.I. as the film Stanley Kubrick might have directed. But let the record also show that Kubrick--after developing this project for some 15 years--wanted Steven Spielberg to helm this astonishing sci-fi rendition of Pinocchio, claiming (with good reason) that it veered closer to Spielberg's kinder, gentler sensibilities. Spielberg inherited the project (based on the Brian Aldiss short story "Supertoys Last All Summer Long") after Kubrick's death in 1999, and the result is an astounding directorial hybrid. A flawed masterpiece of sorts, in which Spielberg's gift for wondrous enchantment often clashes (and sometimes melds) with Kubrick's harsher vision of humanity, the film spans near and distant futures with the fairy-tale adventures of an artificial boy named David (Haley Joel Osment), a marvel of cybernetic progress who wants only to be a real boy, loved by his mother in that happy place called home.

Echoes of Spielberg's Empire of the Sun are clearly heard as young David, shunned by his trial parents and tossed into an unfriendly world, is joined by fellow "mecha" Gigolo Joe (played with a dancer's agility by Jude Law) in his quest for a mother-and-child reunion. Parallels to Pinocchio intensify as David reaches "the end of the world" (a Manhattan flooded by melted polar ice caps), and a far-future epilogue propels A.I. into even deeper realms of wonder, even as it pulls Spielberg back to his comfort zone of sweetness and soothing sentiment. Some may lament the diffusion of Kubrick's original vision, but this is Spielberg's A.I. (complete with one of John Williams's finest scores), a film of astonishing technical wizardry that spans the spectrum of human emotions and offers just enough Kubrick to suggest that humanity's future is anything but guaranteed. --Jeff Shannon

Movie Details
Genre Sci-Fi
DreamWorks Home Ent.
Movie Release Date 6/29/2001
Country   USA
Language English
Audience Rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance)
User Text 1 Some sexual content and violent images.
Running Time 145 mins
Color Color
Disc 1:
Features Documentary on Bringing A.I. to the Screen
Interviews with Steven Spielberg, Haley Joel Osment and Jude Law
Newly-Produced Behind-The-Scenes Featurettes on the Making of A.I.
An Interview with Sound Designer Gary Rydstrom at Skywalker Ranch
A Visit to Stan Winston Studios with Early "Teddy" Footage
Interviews with Lucasfilm's ILM Special Effects Group
Trailers, Storyboards, Drawings and Hundreds of Photos Approved by Steven Spielberg for this Release
And Much, Much More!
Director Steven Spielberg
Writer Brian Aldiss; Ian Watson; Steven Spielberg
Cinematography Janusz Kaminski
User Credit 2 Bob Ringwood
Producer Bonnie Curtis; Kathleen Kennedy; Jan Harlan
User Credit 1 Michael Kahn
Musician John Williams
Edition Details
Edition Widescreen Special Edition
Region 1
Screen Ratio 1.85:1
Format DVD
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
Barcode 667068956726
Chapters 32
Release Date 2/8/2005
Subtitles English; French; Spanish
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks English DTS 5.1
French DTS 5.1
Nr of Disks/Tapes 2
Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 32
Collection Status In Collection
Tags False Accusation, 4000s, Acronym In Title, Underwater, Oedipus Complex
Also Known As:
A.I. (USA) (working title (promotional title))
A.I. Artificial Intelligence (USA) (poster title)
A.I.: Artificial Intelligence (USA) (alternative spelling)

Filming Locations:
Gresham, Oregon, USA (more)

Although Jack Angel recorded all of his voice work for Teddy while separate from the rest of the production, he was asked to be on set every day, to re-record lines immediately when necessary. (more)

Revealing mistakes: The Swintons live in New Jersey, but Martin's prescription bottle is from a Los Angeles pharmacy. (This is visible briefly when the spinning turntable stops and before the bottle is picked up.) (more)

Professor Hobby: Tell me, what is love?
Secretary: Love is first widening my eyes a little bit and quickening my breathing a little and warming my skin and touching...
Professor Hobby: ...and so on. Exactly so. Thank you, Sheila.

Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 12 wins & 40 nominations (more)

Movie Connections:
Referenced in Essayette (2008) (more)

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