2001: A Space Odyssey

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MGM Released 1968

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Director:
Stanley Kubrick
Released:
1968
Rating:
G
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

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  • 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Only a few films are transcendent, and work upon our minds and imaginations like music or prayer or a vast belittling landscape...Alone among science-fiction movies, 2001 is not co...

  • 60

    The New York Times

    The movie is so completely absorbed in its own problems, its use of color and space, its fanatical devotion to science-fiction detail, that its is somewhere between hypnotic and im...

  • 40

    Variety

    A major achievement in cinematography and special effects, 2001 lacks dramatic appeal and only conveys suspense after the halfway mark; Kubrick must receive all the praise - and ta...

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Classics, mission to space, futuristic technology, characters with hidden agendas, lost in space