2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

 ●  English ● 3 hrs 8 mins

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This fast-paced, futuristic sci-fi adventure set at a time during which humankind has greatly advanced technologies that can enable space travel. Sometime in the distant past, someone or something nudged evolution by placing a monolith on Earth (presumably elsewhere throughout the universe as well). Evolution then enabled humankind to reach the moon's surface, where yet another monolith is found, one that signals the monolith placers that humankind has evolved that far. Now a race begins between computers (HAL) and human (Bowman) to reach the monolith placers. The winner will achieve the next step in evolution, whatever that may be.
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Cast: Gary Lockwood, Keir Dullea

Crew: Stanley Kubrick (Director), Geoffrey Unsworth (Director of Photography), Richard Strauss (Music Director)

Rating: U (India)

Genres: Adventure, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Release Dates: 15 May 1968 (India), 18 Apr 1968 (Argentina), 02 May 1968 (Australia), 11 Apr 1968 (Japan), 31 Oct 1968 (Mexico), 27 Sep 2018 (Singapore), 17 Oct 1968 (Spain), 12 May 1968 (United Kingdom), 01 Jan 1974 (United States)

Tagline: The Ultimate Trip.

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Did you know? Stanley Kubrick removed 19 minutes from the film's original 158-minute running time after its New York premiere, mostly to speed up the pacing. Read More
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as Dr. Frank Poole
as Dr. Dave Bowman
as Poole's Father
as Poole's Mother
as Astronaut
as Moon-Watcher
as Ape
as HAL 9000
as Lunar Shuttle Captain
as Stewardess
as Mission Controller
as Astronaut
as Ape
as Ape
as Ape
as Dr. Andrei Smyslov
as Elena
as Astronaut
as Stewardess
as Dr. Ralph Halvorsen
as Dr. Bill Michaels
as Dr. Heywood R. Floyd


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Music Director


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4-Track Stereo, 6-Track 70mm
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24 fps
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The Ultimate Trip.
An epic drama of adventure and exploration.
Let the Awe and Mystery of a Journey Unlike Any Other Begin.
Still The Ultimate Trip
The Time Is Now
Man's colony on the Moon... a whole new generation has been born and is living there... a quarter-million miles from Earth.
50 Years Ago One Movie Changed All Movies Forever
Movie Connection(s):
Referenced in: Star Trek Into Darkness (English)
Referenced in: Prometheus -3-D (English)
Referenced in: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (English)
As Dave Bowman climbs into HAL's logic center scene to shut him off, the seal on his suit's left hand is broken and the glove separates from the suit (due to the swing). The glove is reattached once he enters the logic center.

The phase of the Earth reverses scene while the moon bus is en-route from Clavius to Tycho.

When Dr Floyd talks with Russian scientists in the space station is shot from two angles. One of the seated women has her legs crossed in all the shots from one angle and uncrossed in all the shots from the other angle.

The quantity of food changes twice while Bowman and Poole are eating in the conversation scene.

Errors in Geography
To real Earth should appear closer to the horizon at Clavius than at Tycho, not vice versa.

Revealing Mistakes
As the moon shuttle lands it kicks up swirling clouds of dust but in the vacuum of space the dust would shoot out straight, as with the real-life Apollo Lunar Modules.

Revealing Mistakes
When the Earth Shuttle stewardess enters the passenger cabin and moves towards Heywood Floyd, she stumbles on the walkway in that scene. The nature of the misstep reveals that she is not weightless.

After HAL has been disabled by Dave, Dr Heywood Floyd gives his prerecorded message to the crew where his name is misspelled on the TV monitor as "Haywood" Floyd.
Stanley Kubrick removed 19 minutes from the film's original 158-minute running time after its New York premiere, mostly to speed up the pacing.

241 people walked out of the theater during the film's premiere, including Rock Hudson, who said, "Will someone tell me what the hell this is about?" Author Arthur C. Clarke once said, "If you understand '2001' completely, we failed. We wanted to raise far more questions than we answered."

According to Katharina Kubrick, Stanley Kubrick made the breathing sounds heard in the spacesuits.

Douglas Trumbull said that the total footage shot was some 200 times the final length of the film.
Filming Start Date:
29 Dec 1965
Filming End Date:
07 Jul 1966