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2001: A Space Odyssey [1968] (1 disc)

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Director:Stanley Kubrick
Writer:Arthur C. Clarke
Stanley Kubrick
Composer:Frank J. Urioste
Patrick Moore
Length:141 minutes
(2 hours 21 minutes)
MPAA Rating:G
Sorting Category:SciFi
IMDB Rating:8.4/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:96%
Amazon Rating:4.0/5 stars
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Synopsis: Mankind finds a mysterious, obviously artificial, artifact buried on the moon and, with the intelligent computer HAL, sets off on a quest.


Reaction: Iconic and seminal. However, there are segments that will confuse and/or bore people who aren't all that into the film.


Personal Rating: 8/10

Select Cast and Crew
Stanley Kubrick => Director / Writer
Arthur C. Clarke => Writer / Story "The Sentinel" (uncredited)
Frank J. Urioste => Composer
Patrick Moore => Composer
Alan Gifford => Poole's Father
Ann Gillis => Poole's Mother
Bill Weston => Astronaut
Daniel Richter => Moon-Watcher
Douglas Rain => HAL 9000 (voice)
Ed Bishop => Aries-1B Lunar Shuttle Captain (as Edward Bishop)
Frank Miller [II] => Mission Controller (voice)
Gary Lockwood => Dr. Frank Poole
Glenn Beck => Astronaut
Keir Dullea => Dr. Dave Bowman
Kevin Scott => Miller (uncredited)
Leonard Rossiter => Dr. Andrei Smyslov
Margaret Tyzack => Elena
Robert Beatty => Dr. Ralph Halvorsen
Sean Sullivan => Dr. Bill Michaels
William Sylvester => Dr. Heywood R. Floyd

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • An early draft of the script had narration.
  • Evidence of Stanley Kubrick's attention to detail: there are visible replacement instructions for the explosive bolts in the ejection apparatus of the pods.
  • According to [?] Douglas Trumbull, the total footage shot was some 200 times the final length of the film.
  • All of the special effects footage had to be printed on the original negatives. Stanley Kubrick thought using copies of the negatives would harm the visual quality of effects shots.
  • [?] Marvin Minsky, one of the pioneers of neural networks who was also an adviser to the filmmakers, almost got killed by a falling wrench on the set.
  • The entire centrifuge section of the Discovery spacecraft was constructed as a single set. It was designed to rotate for shots such as the sequence in which Frank went jogging so that the actor remained on the bottom.
  • HAL 9000 never once says, "Good Morning, Dave," despite this line being one of his most recognized quotations.
  • There is no dialogue in the first 25 minutes of the movie (ending when a stewardess speaks at 25:38), nor in the last 23 minutes (excluding end credits). With these two lengthy sections and other shorter ones, there are around 88 dialogue-free minutes in the movie.
  • The phrase "See you next Wednesday" is heard for the first time during the scene in which Poole receives birthday greetings from his parents. The phrase would become a trademark of director John Landis who would use it in many of his movies.
  • The last movie made about men on the moon before Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked there in real life. 40 years later, conspiracy theorists insist that this is not a coincidence, claiming that all footage of Armstrong's voyage was a hoax film directed by Stanley Kubrick using leftover scenes and props from this movie.