A Brief History of Time (film)

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A Brief History of Time
A Brief History in Time video cover.jpg
A Brief History of Time VHS cover
Directed by Errol Morris
Produced by David Hickman
Executive Producers:
Gordon Freedman (executive producer)
Colin Ewing (executive producer)
Steven Spielberg (executive producer - uncredited)
Kathleen Kennedy (executive producer - uncredited)
Written by Stephen Hawking (book)
Starring Stephen Hawking
Music by Philip Glass
Cinematography John Bailey
Stefan Czapsky
Distributed by Triton Pictures
Release dates
Running time 80 min.
Language English
Box office $2,279,692

A Brief History of Time is a 1991 American documentary film about the physicist Stephen Hawking, directed by Errol Morris.[1] The title derives from Hawking's bestselling book A Brief History of Time, but whereas the book is an explanation of cosmology, the film is a biography of Hawking's life, featuring interviews with family members, colleagues, and even his childhood nanny. The music is by Morris' collaborator, Philip Glass.

The film project originated with executive producer Gordon Freedman who brought the project to Anglia Television as a co-producer. After acquiring the property, Freedman met with director Steven Spielberg for advice on how to make the project into an important documentary film. Spielberg suggested Errol Morris as director. Freedman's production company partnered with Anglia Television and Tokyo Broadcasting. David Hickman, of Anglia, become the film's producer.


  1. ^ "A Brief History of Time Transcript". ErrolMorris.com. 2009. Retrieved 2008-03-11. 

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Preceded by
American Dream
Sundance Grand Jury Prize: Documentary
Succeeded by
Children of Fate