2001: a Space Odyssey

2001: a Space Odyssey

Stanley Kubrick (1968)

135min
U Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This seminal sci-fi work from Stanley Kubrick is considered by some to be less a supreme piece of cinema than an interesting, innovative product of the 1960s. But the memorable celluloid images still strongly resonate, such as the giant Starchild floating through space and the tribe of apes painfully putting two and two together following the appearance of a mysterious black monolith. It is Kubrick's haunting, stylised combination of music (Strauss's Also Sprach Zarathustra and The Blue Danube) and visuals that gives 2001 its eerie, mesmerising quality. As a slice of philosophy on how we all got started and where we ultimately go, the movie continues to intrigue and perplex in equal measures. It's a must-see if you never have, even though its visual impact is seriously hampered by the small screen.

Summary

Scientists detect a mysterious black monolith on the moon is transmitting a signal to Jupiter. A spacecraft is sent on a mission to investigate the origins of the strange object, but as they near their destination, the astronauts realise the computer controlling the ship is turning against them. Stanley Kubrick's sci-fi epic, with Keir Dullea, William Sylvester, Gary Lockwood and Leonard Rossiter.

Cast & Crew

David "Dave" Bowman Keir Dullea
Frank Poole Gary Lockwood
Dr Heywood Floyd William Sylvester
Moonwatcher Daniel Richter
Smyslov Leonard Rossiter
Elena Margaret Tyzack
Halvorsen Robert Beatty
Michaels Sean Sullivan
HAL 9000 Douglas Rain
Mission controller Frank Miller
Poole's father Alan Gifford
Stewardess Penny Brahms
Stewardess Edwina Carroll
"Squirt", Dr Floyd's daughter Vivian Kubrick
Astronaut John Ashley
Director Stanley Kubrick
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: BFIAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 18 May 2018
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