2001: A Space Odyssey

Released 1968

Director: Stanley Kubrick

Rating: G

Studio: MGM

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  • 2001: A Space Odyssey is widely considered director Stanley Kubrick's masterpiece. The film begins with a group of cavemen finding a strange black monolith, then jumps to the 21st century, when a similar black monolith is discovered on the moon's surface by scientist Dr. Heywood Floyd (William Sylvester), who also observes that once the sun's rays reach the stone, a piercing sound stops all living beings in their tracks. On a separate mission to Jupiter, the HAL 9000 computer runs the entire Discovery spaceship with astronauts David Bowman (Keir Dullea) and Frank Poole (Gary Lockwood) merely passengers, along with three other astronauts in a deep sleep. After a malfunction, Hal begins murdering the astronauts, and Bowman must destroy the computer. Bowman also finds a recording from Dr. Floyd that explains the true purpose of the mission. Loosely based on The Sentinel by Arthur C. Clarke, who co-wrote the screenplay, this 1968 film combines visual effects, a memorable score and suspenseful drama in this memorable science fiction classic that placed 22nd in the American Film Institute's list of Top 100 Movies of All Time.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Gary Lockwood

    Dr. Frank Poole

  • John Ashley

    Ape

  • Keir Dullea

    Dr. Dave Bowman

  • Leonard Rossiter

    Dr. Andrei Smyslov

  • William Sylvester

    Dr. Heywood R. Floyd

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (1)

    • HAL: Just what do you think you're doing, Dave?

    Trivia (2)

    • "Daisy Bell", the song that HAL sings, was the first ever song programmed into a computer for playback including speech synthesis.

    • An earlier draft of the movie had narration.

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