Character: Tanya Kirbuk

Directed by: Peter Hyams

Written by: Peter Hyams

Produced by: Peter Hyams

Cast Members: Roy Scheider, John Lithgow, Bob Balaban, Keir Dullea

Released date: December 7, 1984

Genre: Adventure, Mystery, Sci-Fi

A joint U.S.-Soviet expedition is sent to Jupiter to learn what happened to the Discovery.


→ Something wonderful is about to happen [Australia Theatrical]
→ Is there life beyond the stars? [Australia Theatrical]
→ The year we make contact.
→ In the very near future a small group of Americans and Russians set out on the greatest adventure of them all… To see if there is life beyond the stars


• Helen Mirren’s Character is Tanya Kirbuk, her last name is a backwards representation of “Kubrick”. Stanley Kubrick directed 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). In the novel, her last name is Orlov and she is married to Vasili Orlov.
• Helen Mirren’s character in this film is Russian, like many other characters she has played in other films. Mirren actually does have some Russian ancestry.


♦ As Floyd (Roy Scheider) and Kirbuk (Helen Mirren) have their first conversation, Kirbuk is initially standing with her arms behind her back. As the camera angle changes to face her, her arms are crossed in front of her.
♦ If you fail to hear the Russian word for “four” in the countdown spoken by Tanya Kirbuk (Helen Mirren), the reason is that the word was deleted in versions later than the theatrical release and the early VHS versions because of Mirren’s mispronunciation of “chih-TEE-reh” as “chee-TYE-ree”.

Character’s Quotes

♥ Your government wanted us to awaken you when we reported our findings. We did that. You are here to help us reactivate the Discovery and its computer systems because that is United States territory. You are authorized to observe other aspects of our mission. We have no other obligation.

Script developed by Never Enough Design