HIS LOVE IS REAL, BUT HE IS NOT

"Do you know where the Blue Fairy lives?"

David

A.I. Artificial Intelligence

Release Date: June 29, 2001

Born of a decades' long friendship and shared admiration conducted via trans-Atlantic correspondence, A.I. Artificial Intelligence stands as one of the most unique collaborations to be found in Steven Spielberg's entire career. The legendary filmmaker Stanley Kubrick had been developing the film over two decades, but brought Spielberg into his confidence insisting that the younger filmmaker was the right man to direct given his noted work with child actors and complex digital visual effects. Following Kubrick's untimely passing in 1999, his widow Christiane Kubrick and brother-in-law Jan Harlan (who would serve as the film's executive producer) approached Spielberg with a request to continue the late filmmaker's work on A.I.

Based on a short story by acclaimed science fiction author Brian Aldiss, A.I. is set in a time when natural resources are limited and technology is advancing at an astronomical pace. Where you live is monitored; what you eat is engineered; and the person serving you is not a person at all. It's artificial. Gardening, housekeeping, companionship—there is a robot for every need. Except love.

Emotion is the last, controversial frontier in robot evolution. Robots, known as mechas, are seen as sophisticated appliances; they're not supposed to have feelings. But with so many parents not yet approved to have children, the possibilities abound.

Cybertronics has created the solution. His name is David (Haley Joel Osment). A robotic boy, the first programmed to love, David is adopted as a test case by a Cybertronics employee (Sam Robards) and his wife (Frances O'Connor), whose own terminally ill child has been cryogenically frozen until a cure can be found. Though he gradually becomes their child, with all the love and stewardship that entails, a series of unexpected circumstances make this life impossible for David. Without final acceptance by humans or machines, and armed only with Teddy, his supertoy teddy bear and protector, David embarks on a journey to discover where he truly belongs, uncovering a world in which the line between robot and machine is both terrifyingly vast and profoundly thin.

Co-starring in A.I. Artificial Intelligence are Jude Law as Gigolo Joe, a lover mecha, Brendan Gleeson and William Hurt. Directed by Steven Spielberg, A.I. is produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Steven Spielberg, and Bonnie Curtis. The screenplay is written by Spielberg (based on a screen story by Ian Watson), his first script since penning the "Vanessa in the Garden" episode of Amazing Stories.

The distinguished behind-the-scenes team is led by the highly respected cinematographer Janusz Kaminski, editor Michael Kahn, production designer Rick Carter, costume designer Bob Ringwood (Empire of the Sun), and composer John Williams.

Joining with Spielberg in creating the futuristic worlds of A.I. are some of the most celebrated effects artists working today. The mecha, Teddy and makeup effects were created by Stan Winston (Jurassic Park), whose filmography includes some of the most ambitious and complex effects films of all time. Visual effects visionary Dennis Muren and Scott Farrar of Industrial Light and Magic supervised the film's groundbreaking visual effects, while Michael Lantieri coordinated the practical effects.

A.I. Artificial Intelligence is dedicated to the memory of Stanley Kubrick.

About the Film

About the Film

CAST
  • HALEY JOEL OSMENT,
  • FRANCES O'CONNOR,
  • SAM ROBARDS,
  • JAKE THOMAS,
  • JUDE LAW,
  • WILLIAM HURT
DIRECTOR
  • STEVEN SPIELBERG
SCREENWRITER
  • STEVEN SPIELBERG,
  • SCREENSTORY BY IAN WATSON,
  • BASED ON THE STORY BY BRIAN ALDISS
PRODUCERS
  • BONNIE CURTIS,
  • KATHLEEN KENNEDY,
  • STEVEN SPIELBERG
CINEMATOGRAPHER
  • JANUSZ KAMINSKI
PRODUCTION DESIGNER
  • RICK CARTER
COSTUME DESIGNER
  • BOB RINGWOOD
VFX SUPERVISORS
  • DENNIS MUREN,
  • SCOTT FARRAR
EDITOR
  • MICHAEL KAHN
COMPOSER
  • JOHN WILLIAMS