2001: A Space Odyssey

Release Date: April 6th, 1968

DVD Release Date: August 25th, 1998

G |2 hr 19 min

Plot Summary

An imposing black structure provides a connection between the past and the future in this enigmatic adaptation of a short story by revered sci-fi author Arthur C. Clarke. When Dr. Dave Bowman (Keir Dullea) and other astronauts are sent on a mysterious mission, their ship's computer system, HAL, begins to display increasingly strange behavior, leading up to a tense showdown between man and machine that results in a mind-bending trek through space and time.

Cast: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, Daniel Richter, Leonard Rossiter, Douglas Rain, Margaret Tyzack, Robert Beatty

Director: Stanley Kubrick

Genres: Science fiction

Production Co: Metro Goldwyn Mayer

Keywords: Fascinating , Quest ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    The Hollywood Reporter

    It is, as promised, "a majestic visual experience," quite unlike any film we have ever seen...These details are merely a means employed by Kubrick and his distinguished screenplay collaborator Arthur C. Clarke, to provoke the more limitless imaginings of the mind, to assault the viewer with tantalizing enigmas to force exploration of that personal universe in relation to time and space, meaning and potential. show more

  • 100
    Michael WilmingtonChicago Tribune

    A masterpiece that can still leave you dizzy with wonder. As much as any movie ever made, this visionary science-fiction tale of space travel and first contact with extraterrestrial life is a spellbinding experience. show more

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Only a few films are transcendent, and work upon our minds and imaginations like music or prayer or a vast belittling landscape...Alone among science-fiction movies, 2001 is not concerned with thrilling us, but with inspiring our awe. show more

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Nominated Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1969)
Winner Soundtrack
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1969)
Nominated Directing
Winner Art Direction
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1969)
Winner Special Visual Effects
Nominated Writing (Story and Screenplay - Written Directly for the Screen)
Winner British Cinematography
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1969)
Nominated United Nations Award
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1969)
Nominated Art Direction