2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) UK, USA
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Director:Stanley Kubrick
Studio:Warner Home Video
Producer:Stanley Kubrick
Writer:Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke
Rating:4.0 (1030 votes)
Date Added:2010-05-08
Awards:Won Oscar, Another 10 wins & 6 nominations
Genre:Action & Adventure
Picture Format:Widescreen
Aspect Ratio:2.20:1
Languages:English, Spanish
Subtitles:English, Spanish, French
Features:Special Edition
Stanley Kubrick  ...  (Director)
Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke  ...  (Writer)
Keir Dullea  ...  Dr. Dave Bowman
Gary Lockwood  ...  Dr. Frank Poole
Ed Bishop  ...  Aries-1B Lunar Shuttle Captain (as Edward Bishop)
Penny Brahms  ...  
Edwina Carroll  ...  
William Sylvester  ...  Dr. Heywood R. Floyd
Daniel Richter  ...  Moon-Watcher
Leonard Rossiter  ...  Dr. Andrei Smyslov
Margaret Tyzack  ...  Elena
Robert Beatty  ...  Dr. Ralph Halvorsen
Sean Sullivan  ...  Dr. Bill Michaels
Douglas Rain  ...  HAL 9000 (voice)
Frank Miller  ...  Mission Controller (voice)
Bill Weston  ...  Astronaut
Glenn Beck  ...  Astronaut
Alan Gifford  ...  Poole's Father
Ann Gillis  ...  Poole's Mother
Summary: When Stanley Kubrick recruited Arthur C. Clarke to collaborate on "the proverbial intelligent science fiction film," it's a safe bet neither the maverick auteur nor the great science fiction writer knew they would virtually redefine the parameters of the cinema experience. A daring experiment in unconventional narrative inspired by Clarke's short story "The Sentinel," "2001" is a visual tone poem (barely 40 minutes of dialogue in a 139-minute film) that charts a phenomenal history of human evolution. From the dawn-of-man discovery of crude but deadly tools in the film's opening sequence to the journey of the spaceship "Discovery" and metaphysical birth of the "star child" at film's end, Kubrick's vision is meticulous and precise. In keeping with the director's underlying theme of dehumanization by technology, the notorious, seemingly omniscient computer HAL 9000 has more warmth and personality than the human astronauts it supposedly is serving. (The director also leaves the meaning of the black, rectangular alien monoliths open for discussion.) This theme, in part, is what makes "2001" a film like no other, though dated now that its postmillennial space exploration has proven optimistic compared to reality. Still, the film is timelessly provocative in its pioneering exploration of inner- and outer-space consciousness. With spectacular, painstakingly authentic special effects that have stood the test of time, Kubrick's film is nothing less than a cinematic milestone--puzzling, provocative, and perfect. "--Jeff Shannon"