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2001: A Space Odyssey Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

A mind-bending sci-fi symphony, Stanley Kubrick's landmark 1968 epic pushed the limits of narrative and special effects toward a meditation on technology and humanity. Based on Arthur C. Clarke's story The Sentinel, Kubrick and Clarke's screenplay is structured in four movements. At the "Dawn of Man," a group of hominids encounters a mysterious black monolith alien to their surroundings. To the strains of Strauss's 1896 Also sprach Zarathustra, a hominid invents the first weapon, using a bone to kill prey. As the hominid tosses the bone in the air, Kubrick cuts to a 21st century spacecraft hovering over the Earth, skipping ahead millions of years in technological development. U.S. scientist Dr. Heywood Floyd (William Sylvester) travels to the moon to check out the discovery of a strange object on the moon's surface: a black monolith. As the sun's rays strike the stone, however, it emits a piercing, deafening sound that fills the investigators' headphones and stops them in their path. Cutting ahead 18 months, impassive astronauts David Bowman (Keir Dullea) and Frank Poole (Gary Lockwood) head toward Jupiter on the spaceship Discovery, their only company three hibernating astronauts and the vocal, man-made HAL 9000 computer running the entire ship. When the all-too-human HAL malfunctions, however, he tries to murder the astronauts to cover his error, forcing Bowman to defend himself the only way he can. Free of HAL, and finally informed of the voyage's purpose by a recording from Floyd, Bowman journeys to "Jupiter and Beyond the Infinite," through the psychedelic slit-scan star-gate to an 18th century room, and the completion of the monolith's evolutionary mission.With assistance from special-effects expert Douglas Trumbull, Kubrick spent over two years meticulously creating the most "realistic" depictions of outer space ever seen, greatly advancing cinematic technology for a story expressing grave doubts about technology itself. Despite some initial critical reservations that it was too long and too dull, 2001 became one of the most popular films of 1968, underlining the generation gap between young moviegoers who wanted to see something new and challenging and oldsters who "didn't get it." Provocatively billed as "the ultimate trip," 2001 quickly caught on with a counterculture youth audience open to a contemplative (i.e. chemically enhanced) viewing experience of a film suggesting that the way to enlightenment was to free one's mind of the U.S. military-industrial-technological complex. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi

  • Release date:April 2, 1968

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Harry Lange Best Art Direction 1968 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Harry Lange Best Art Direction 1968 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Tony Masters Best Art Direction 1968 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Tony Masters Best Art Direction 1968 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Winston Ryder Best Soundtrack 1968 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Geoffrey Unsworth Best Cinematography 1968 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Stanley Kubrick Best Visual Effects 1968 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Stanley Kubrick Best Picture 1968 Nominee
Directors Guild of America Stanley Kubrick Best Director 1968 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Stanley Kubrick Best Original Screenplay 1968 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Stanley Kubrick Best Director 1968 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Arthur C. Clarke Best Original Screenplay 1968 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Ernest Archer Best Art Direction 1968 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ernest Archer Best Art Direction 1968 Nominee

Cast

Keir Dullea
as Bowman
Gary Lockwood
as Poole
William Sylvester
as Dr. Heywood Floyd
Daniel Richter
as Moonwatcher, the Man-Ape
Douglas Rain
as HAL 9000
Leonard Rossiter
as Smyslov
Margaret Tyzack
as Elena
Robert Beatty
as Halvorsen
Sean Sullivan
as Michaels
John Ashley
as Astronaut
Frank Miller
as Mission Controller
Vivian Kubrick
as Floyd's Daughter
Bill Weston
Terry Duggan
Ed Bishop
as Lunar shuttle captain
Ann Gillis
Edwina Carroll
as Stewardess
Glenn Beck
Penny Brahms
as Stewardess

Crew

Stanley Kubrick
Director
Stanley Kubrick
Producer
Victor Lyndon
Producer
Stanley Kubrick
Screenwriter
Arthur C. Clarke
Book Author
Arthur C. Clarke
Screenwriter
Geoffrey Unsworth
Cinematographer
Alex North
Composer (Music Score)
Ray Lovejoy
Editor
Ernest Archer
Production Designer
Harry Lange
Production Designer
Tony Masters
Production Designer
John Hoesli
Art Director
Hardy Amies
Costume Designer
Wally Veevers
Special Effects
Bruce Logan
Special Effects
Stanley Kubrick
Special Effects
Douglas Trumbull
Special Effects
Bryan Loftus
Special Effects
Derek Cracknell
First Assistant Director
Stuart Freeborn
Makeup
Peter Childs
Draftsman
John Siddall
Draftsman
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