2001: A Space Odyssey


Release Date 1968-04-02
Age Rating g

2001: A Space Odyssey

2001: A Space Odyssey is a 1968 British-American science fiction film produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick. The screenplay was written by Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke, and was partially inspired by Clarke's short story "The Sentinel". Clarke concurrently wrote the novel 2001: A Space Odyssey which was published soon after the film was released. The story deals with a series of encounters between humans and mysterious black monoliths that are apparently affecting human evolution, and a space voyage to Jupiter tracing a signal emitted by one such monolith found on the moon. Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood star as the two astronauts on this voyage, with Douglas Rain as the voice of the sentient computer HAL 9000 who has full control over their spaceship. The film is frequently described as an "epic film", both for its length and scope, and for its affinity with classical epics. Produced and distributed by the American studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, the film was made almost entirely in England, using both the studio facilities of MGM's subsidiary "MGM British" and those of Shepperton Studios, mostly because of the availability of much larger sound stages than in the United States. The film was also co-produced by Kubrick's own "Stanley Kubrick Productions". Kubrick, having already shot his previous two films in England, decided to settle there permanently during the filming of Space Odyssey. Though Space Odyssey was released in the United States over a month before its release in the United Kingdom, and Encyclopædia Britannica calls this an American film, other sources refer to it as an American, British, or American-British production.

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Actors & Characters

Keir Dullea Keir Dullea David Bowman David Bowman
Gary Lockwood Gary Lockwood Frank Poole Frank Poole
William Sylvester William Sylvester Heywood R. Floyd Heywood R. Floyd
Daniel Richter Daniel Richter Moon-Watcher Moon-Watcher
Leonard Rossiter Leonard Rossiter Dr. Andrei Smyslov Dr. Andrei Smyslov
Margaret Tyzack Margaret Tyzack Elena Elena
Robert Beatty Robert Beatty Dr. Ralph Halvorsen Dr. Ralph Halvorsen
Sean Sullivan Sean Sullivan Dr. Bill Michaels Dr. Bill Michaels
Douglas Rain Douglas Rain HAL 9000 HAL 9000
Frank A. Miller Frank A. Miller Mission Controller Mission Controller


Geoffrey Unsworth Cinematography
John Alcott Cinematography
Stanley Kubrick Director
Ray Lovejoy Editor
György Ligeti Music
Aram Khachaturian Music
Johann Strauss II Music
Richard Strauss Music
Stanley Kubrick Producer
Stanley Kubrick Writer
Arthur C. Clarke Writer