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Encyclopedia > Millennium (film)
Millennium
Directed by Michael Anderson
Produced by John M. Eckert
Freddie Fields
John C. Foreman
Louis M. Silverstein
Written by John Varley
Starring Kris Kristofferson
Cheryl Ladd
Robert Joy
Brent Carver
Al Waxman
Daniel J. Travanti
Music by Eric N. Robertson
Cinematography Rene Ohashi
Editing by Ron Wisman
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date(s) August 25, 1989
Running time 108 min.
Country USA
Language English
IMDb profile

Millennium is a 1989 film directed by Michael Anderson and starring Kris Kristofferson, Cheryl Ladd, Robert Joy, Brent Carver, Al Waxman and Daniel J. Travanti. Michael Joseph Anderson (30 January 1920 - 18 July 2006) was a British film director. ... John Varley John Herbert Varley (born August 9, 1947 in Austin, Texas) is a Hugo Award, Nebula Award, Seiun Award and Prometheus Award Winning science fiction author. ... Kristoffer Kristofferson (born June 22, 1936) is an influential American country music songwriter, singer and actor. ... Cheryl Ladd Cheryl Ladd (born July 12, 1951 in Huron, South Dakota) is an American actress and singer. ... Robert Joy (born August 17, 1951, Montréal, Québec) is a Canadian actor. ... Brent Carver (born 1952 in Cranbrook, British Columbia) is a Canadian actor. ... Al Waxman Albert Samuel Al Waxman, C.M., O.Ont (March 2, 1935 – January 18, 2001) was a Canadian actor born in Toronto. ... Daniel J. Travanti (born March 7, 1940 in Kenosha, Wisconsin) is an actor best known for his starring role in the television drama Hill Street Blues. ... Fox Plaza, the company headquarters. ... August 25 is the 237th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (238th in leap years), with 128 days remaining. ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... // Actress Kim Basinger and her brother Mick purchase Braselton, Georgia for $20 million. ... Michael Joseph Anderson (30 January 1920 - 18 July 2006) was a British film director. ... Kristoffer Kristofferson (born June 22, 1936) is an influential American country music songwriter, singer and actor. ... Cheryl Ladd Cheryl Ladd (born July 12, 1951 in Huron, South Dakota) is an American actress and singer. ... Robert Joy (born August 17, 1951, Montréal, Québec) is a Canadian actor. ... Brent Carver (born 1952 in Cranbrook, British Columbia) is a Canadian actor. ... Al Waxman Albert Samuel Al Waxman, C.M., O.Ont (March 2, 1935 – January 18, 2001) was a Canadian actor born in Toronto. ... Daniel J. Travanti (born March 7, 1940 in Kenosha, Wisconsin) is an actor best known for his starring role in the television drama Hill Street Blues. ...


Millennium is based on the 1977 short story Air Raid by John Varley. Varley started work on a screenplay based on that short story in 1979, and later released the expanded story in book-length form in 1983, titled Millennium. After a lot of work and four different directors, a film was finally released in 1989. John Varley John Herbert Varley (born August 9, 1947 in Austin, Texas) is a Hugo Award, Nebula Award, Seiun Award and Prometheus Award Winning science fiction author. ... Millennium is a 1983 science fiction novel by John Varley, featuring a civilization from a far-future Earth using time travel to rescue passengers from airplanes destined to crash. ...

We had the first meeting on Millennium in 1979. I ended up writing it six times. There were four different directors, and each time a new director came in I went over the whole thing with him and rewrote it. Each new director had his own ideas, and sometimes you'd gain something from that, but each time something's always lost in the process, so that by the time it went in front of the cameras, a lot of the vision was lost.

(Interview in St. Louis Post-Dispatch Monday, July 20, 1992) July 20 is the 201st day (202nd in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 164 days remaining. ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ...

Contents

Plot

Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.

The movie begins in the cockpit of a U.S. passenger airliner, shortly before they are impacted from above by another airliner on a landing approach. The pilot handles the airplane as well as he can while the copilot goes back to check on the passenger cabin. He comes back in the cockpit screaming, "They're all burned!"

"The Gate" as depicted in the movie Millennium.
"The Gate" as depicted in the movie Millennium.

Bill Smith (Kristofferson) is an National Transportation Safety Board investigator hired to determine whether human error is the cause of a collision of two jumbo jets, both of which crashed. He and his team of investigators are confused by the words on the cockpit voice recorder because the fire didn't start until after the crash. At the same time, a theoretical physicist named Dr. Arnold Mayer has a professional curiosity about the crash, which borders on science fiction. While giving a lecture, he talks about time travel and the possibility of visitors from the future. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (852x1126, 166 KB)The Gate as depticted in the movie Millennium The screenshot is of lower resolution and quality than the original film (copies made from it will be of inferior quality). ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (852x1126, 166 KB)The Gate as depticted in the movie Millennium The screenshot is of lower resolution and quality than the original film (copies made from it will be of inferior quality). ... Time travel is a concept that has long fascinated humanity—whether it is Merlin experiencing time backwards, or religious traditions like Mohammeds trip to Jerusalem and ascent to heaven, returning before a glass knocked over had spilt its contents. ... The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is a U.S. government independent organization responsible for investigation of accidents involving aviation, highway, marine, pipelines and railroads in the United States. ... Theoretical physics employs mathematical models and abstractions of physics, as opposed to experimental processes, in an attempt to understand nature. ... Time travel is a concept that has long fascinated humanity—whether it is Merlin experiencing time backwards, or religious traditions like Mohammeds trip to Jerusalem and ascent to heaven, returning before a glass knocked over had spilt its contents. ...


Time travellers are, in fact, visiting the present day and stealing passengers from doomed aircraft. Every incursion in to the past causes an accompanying "timequake" whose magnitude is proportional to the effects of the incursion in to the past. Each "timequake" causes physical damage in the time from which the incursion has been made. This is why they are abducting people who will not be able to impact the future any further and replacing them with dead people altered to look like those who would have died. While on one of the missions, an operative is shot and loses a stun weapon on board a plane before it crashes. This weapon winds up in the possession of Dr. Arnold Mayer. Twenty-five years later, Smith finds a similar artifact in the crash portrayed at the beginning of the movie.


Worried that these two individuals of the 20th century might change history by their discoveries, Louise Baltimore (Ladd) travels back to 1989 in order to distract Bill Smith and discourage him from pursuing his investigation further. Louise manages to gain Bill's trust, as well as seduce him into a one-night stand, which she hopes will complete the distraction. However, because of still more errors on the part of the time travel team, as well as paradoxical events, Bill becomes even more suspicious. He soon pays a visit to Dr. Mayer. At that point Louise materializes from the future and reveals her mission to both of them. In a mishap with the stun weapon, Mayer kills himself thereby causing a major change to the timeline. Louise decides to take Bill with her to the future.


Between Louise's recent visit and exposition in the future, we find that because of pollution, the human population of the future is no longer able to reproduce. This is why they have been abducting people from the past and keeping them in stasis until a future time when they will be sent in to the far future. It is hoped that in this far future, the Earth will have recovered enough that humans can repopulate the planet. Because of the recent incursion, a timequake large enough to destroy the entire civilization of the "present" future is approaching. It is decided that now is the time to send all of the people who have been collected to the distant future before The Gate (the time machine) is destroyed.


Bill and Louise step through and disappear into The Gate, which takes them to another time and another place, in order to save their lives and fulfill a destiny much like that of Adam and Eve. Michelangelos Creation of Adam, from the Sistine Chapel. ...


Cast

  • Kris Kristofferson — Bill Smith
  • Cheryl Ladd — Louise Baltimore
  • Daniel J. Travanti — Dr. Arnold Mayer
  • Robert Joy — Sherman the Robot
  • Al Waxman — Dr. Brindle
  • Lloyd Bochner — Walters
  • Brent Carver — Coventry
  • Susannah Hoffman — Susan Melbourne
  • Victoria Snow — Pinky Djakarta
  • Claudette Roche (as Claudette Roach) — Inez Manila
  • Bob Bainborough — Investigator
  • Cedric Smith — Eli Seibel
  • Edward Roy — Gantry Controller
  • Gary Reineke — Carpenter
  • Michael J. Reynolds — Jerry Bannister
  • Chapelle Jaffe — Council Chamber Member, Stockholm
  • Christopher Britton — Council Chamber Member, Buffalo
  • Gerry Quigley — Council Chamber Member, Khartoum
  • Leonard Chow — Council Chamber Member, Beijing
  • Jamie Shannon — Young Bill Smith

Kristoffer Kristofferson (born June 22, 1936) is an influential American country music songwriter, singer and actor. ... Cheryl Ladd Cheryl Ladd (born July 12, 1951 in Huron, South Dakota) is an American actress and singer. ... Daniel J. Travanti (born March 7, 1940 in Kenosha, Wisconsin) is an actor best known for his starring role in the television drama Hill Street Blues. ... Robert Joy (born August 17, 1951, Montréal, Québec) is a Canadian actor. ... Al Waxman Albert Samuel Al Waxman, C.M., O.Ont (March 2, 1935 – January 18, 2001) was a Canadian actor born in Toronto. ... Actor Lloyd Bochner in Point Blank (1967) Lloyd Bochner (July 29, 1924 - October 29, 2005), born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada) was a Jewish Canadian leading man, usually playing the role of cool, suave, rich men. ... Brent Carver (born 1952 in Cranbrook, British Columbia) is a Canadian actor. ... Cedric Smith is an actor. ...

Production

Millennium faced the challenge of creating a future unlike any other to appear on screen. Instead of an ultramodern look like Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey or Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek, production designer Gene Rudolf endeavored to produce a feel of putrefaction and atrophy. Stanley Kubrick (July 26, 1928 – March 7, 1999) was an artistically influential, Academy Award-winning and critically acclaimed American film director and producer. ... Wikiquote has a collection of quotations related to: Gene Roddenberry Eugene Wesley Roddenberry (August 19, 1921 – October 24, 1991) was an American scriptwriter and producer. ... The current Star Trek franchise logo Star Trek is an epic American science fiction franchise. ...

The Council chamber set.
The Council chamber set.

The largest set was the time-travel center for Louise Baltimore’s operation. Rudolf created rusted catwalks that traversed a large open space. Buildings crumbled and exposed their infrastructures. The walls were painted dull green, black, and coppery. Rudolf wanted the future to look dirty, sick, and poisoned. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (852x480, 59 KB)The Council chamber set for the movie Millennium The screenshot is of lower resolution and quality than the original film (copies made from it will be of inferior quality). ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (852x480, 59 KB)The Council chamber set for the movie Millennium The screenshot is of lower resolution and quality than the original film (copies made from it will be of inferior quality). ...


Several scenes are set in the vault for the decrepit council members overseeing the time travel operation. Rudolf designed their chamber as a semicircle of seven transparent, upright cylinders — each serving as a life-support device. Four of the cylinders held actors. The others were filled with bodily organ props and medical equipment that served as the last still living remnants of these members.


To create the time-travel effects of the Gate itself, cinematographer René Ohashi produced the ghostly shimmering lights by spinning metal wheels covered in Mylar.


Since actual aircraft could not be sent through the set, miniature models and a full-size mock-up of the tail-section of a Boeing 707 were used. Optical effects were used to make the planes look as if they were entering the set. This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... View of the port (left) number 1 & 2 Pratt & Whitney JT3D jet engines of a British Caledonian Boeing 707 showing the peculiarity of the number 1 engine mount which is different from the other three. ...


The next to final scene took place in a contemporary American home. Rudolf’s set was dominated by large horizontal windows. The room was filled with clocks, hourglasses and navigational equipment, in line with Dr. Arnold Mayer’s fascination with time travel.


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