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2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) Movie Information

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121

Avg. Rating:

3.10/4

# of Ratings:

635

Genres:

Sci-Fi, Adventure

Rating:

PG

Language:

English

Theater Date:

04/02/1968

Director:

Stanley Kubrick

Actors:

Gary Lockwood
Douglas Rain



 

 

 

 

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Plot Outline:

Set in the future, mankind discovers a mysterious buried object on the moon. A set of astronauts and a super intelligent computer are sent off on a quest to discover its origin.

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Matthew Brady 02/09/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
4/4 

Set in the future, mankind discovers a mysterious buried object on the moon. A set of astronauts and a super intelligent computer are sent off on a quest to discover its origin. This movie is mind blowing and breathtaking at the start and at the end. The score and the visual effect's are amazing.

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Dilbretta 12/01/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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3.5/4 

It is challenging to watch this movie and only got 40 minutes of dialogue (subtitles) of entire 2 hours and 19 minutes of movie since I am Deaf. I can see how it was a big thing back in 1968. I am intrigued with how Poole appears to be effortlessly jogging and shadow-boxing over the entire 360-degree diameter of the set. The result is from the camera movement and rotation of the set. Wow! Same goes for few scenes on how people move in the space and space station. Wow!

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Moviehead 04/06/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
4/4 

This is not hollywood drama, in this movie you think for yourself. It isnt cold film, although it may seem to those who are used to hollywood dramas. This film has much more to offer than those dramas.The gratest feeling in film is that kind of tragic but epic feeling about humanity. And that is something Cameron and Malick cant achieve even with all their effects. Space is really great experience in this movie, but this is not just space experience, after all that is not film or any art, this movie creates feelings and that is what film is all about. So, its influental film that still cant be beaten. Even though you can feel its age it still is one of best films.

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  Josh
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03/23/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"Open the pod bay doors, HAL."

Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey is a film that understands the questions that drive us and explores them in a manner that is unparalleled in the history of the cinema. It is not a movie as much as a full blown experience. In fact, as millions of people can attest, even trying to watch "2001" in a way one watches any other movie will simply lead to frustration and annoyance. People expect dialogue, plot, humor and resolution in their movies. The want a narrative that they are familiar with and that they understand. Kubrick's film is an experience more like watching a ballet or opera than actually sitting down and watching a movie. It is a movie that takes work, concentration, and patience. You soak in its images in all of their beauty and think about what is on the screen. Eventu...

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4/4 

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  memento_mori
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08/29/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

A Mind-blowing Journey through Life and Everything

2001 is different… Let me put it like that.
Different from the way Kubrick's films are made. The way the film is made is like a usual Kubrick movie, but a little different. It has the ambient environment (like separated colors and furniture), it has the frigid cinematography, but it doesn't have the typical script.
I have mixed feelings about the script, because its structure is its main fault. The opening and first story of the film are absolutely amazing. I loved how the film was set up and how the music combined with the direction so beautifully.
Then came the second story and everything started getting wobbly.
And by the third I really didn't know how to perceive the movie anymore. That's both a compliment and a criticism.

Trying to explain 2001 is like trying to explain a colo...

Rating of
4/4 

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  Yojimbo
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02/20/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"2001: A Space Odyssey" by Yojimbo

2001 is a film that does not concern anything so trite as human relationships. 2001 is a film of a scale so epic as to never have been conceived before. Up until 1968, sci-fi was all about flying saucers, death rays and theramins. Kubrick set about making a film themed around the history of the human species, from the dawn of man through to space exploration and beyond. The first thing that strikes you about this film is its sheer visual spectacle; Kubrick's juxtaposition of classical music with the elegance of space travel shows technology not as clunky and ugly, but a thing of beauty. His use of colour is breathtaking, from the cold blues of outer space, to the vivid reds of the ship's systems and the stunning pure whites and primary colours of the still brilliant looking retro future s...

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4/4 

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Recent Movie Talk Forum Posts

  Alex
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Franz - I agree.  I watch it for the beauty (and the realization that it was made in 1968).  It actually relaxes me to watch this movie. The first 20 minutes do suck ass to me, but the remaining movie is a beautiful site.  I do understand when people say it is boring. It just depends on what you are into - and I am into stuff like this (though I have only seen it about 3 times all the way through).

It obviously reminds me of


09/16/2008
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  Franz Patrick
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I don't understand "2001" completely but I think that's the beauty of it. If I were to understand everything about a movie, I won't feel inclined to watch it again. The mystery keeps me coming back.

As for recommending it to friends, I mention it to them... but I never actually URGE them to watch it (they like "modern" movies). I learn to keep certain movies to myself because I do get tired of comments like "It's so boring" or (worse) "Nothing happened!"

09/15/2008
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  Nick
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I have to agree with Josh.  I love sci-fi, but have yet to get all the way through 2001: A Space Odyssey.  It is very boring.....I just don't understand.
09/10/2008
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  Josh C
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Haha, I guess I am one of those Idiots. I can't stand 2001. I just get so bored I can't watch it. I understand it is artsy, but to me I there are great movies that are not boring so why would I watch this one. An idea alone can only go so far. 

I do love Sci-fi films though, just not that one. 



09/10/2008
11:01 am CT

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  danand82
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Hey there.

Have to admit I never tire of watching 2001, it is simply mesmerising. However, getting OTHER people to sit down and watch it is a nightmare. No one will give it the chance it deserves You always get idiots who right away insist on pointing out that the apes look like men in suits. I KNOW THEY DO, BECAUSE THEY ARE! JUST WATCH THE DAMN MASTERPIECE UNFOLDING BEFORE YOU. 
Fools...

Anyone else find this problem with 2001 specifically or with great (but long and sometimes a little oblique) films? 
 

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