"Open the pod bay doors, HAL."
David Bowman (Keir Dullea)
"Still the grandest of all science-fiction movies."
Owen Gleiberman, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
Stars: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Exclusive Tribute: by
Anthony Frewin, Assistant to Stanley Kubrick, 1965-69 and 1980-99
Credits: 2001 Complete Cast and Crew
Credits Published for the First Time
- 2001 began life as the short story The Sentinel, written
by Arthur C. Clarke in 1950.
- Clarke and Kubrick, who had been introduced by a mutual friend,
began collaborating on a screenplay about man and extraterrestrials.
Clarke suggested they base it on that story, which detailed a surveying
expedition finding an alien artifact buried on the moon.
- Clarke later wrote a novel based on the screenplay for 2001,
which was released in July 1968, three months after the films
- After seeing a documentary entitled To the Moon and Beyond
at the 1964 New York Worlds Fair, Kubrick hired one of its special
effects technicians, Douglas Trumbull, to work on 2001.
- Although released in Cinerama, 2001 was not shot with three
cameras but with one camera on 70mm film with a special anamorphic
lens to widen the image.
- Dr. Haywood Floyds daughter, seen on the videophone asking
for a "bush baby," was played by Kubricks five-year-old
- The HAL-9000 computer originally was named Athena and was supposed
to have a female voice.
- British actor Nigel Davenport and American actor Martin Balsam both
recorded HALs dialogue before Kubrick eventually settled on
Douglas Rain as the computers calm, rational voice.
- The name HAL is an amalgam of "heuristic" and "algorithmic,"
the two main processes of learning.
- With the exception of two baby chimpanzees, all of the apes in the
beginning of the film were played by mimes, dancers and actors in
- All of the "Dawn of Man" scenes, except for "Moonwatcher"
demolishing the tapir skeleton with a bone, were shot on an indoor
set using an elaborate front projection system created especially
for the film.
- The main Discovery set was built by aircraft manufacturer Vickers-Armstrong
inside a 12-meter by two-meter drum designed to rotate at five km
per hour. It cost $750,000.
- Composer Alex North, who worked with Kubrick on Spartacus,
wrote and recorded 40 minutes of original music that carried the film
from the beginning up to the moon expedition. However, Kubrick later
decided to use prerecorded classical music for the film.
- Kubrick cut 19 minutes from the films original 158-minute
running time after its New York premiere, mostly to speed up the pacing.
- The film cost $10.5 million, a large sum at the time, but grossed
over $21 million in its initial release, making it one of the studios
- Kubrick earned Academy Award® nominations for Best
Director and Best Screenplay, and won his only Oscar®
for Best Special Visual Effects. The film also received a nomination
for Best Art Direction.
2001: A Space Odyssey is a countdown to tomorrow, a road map
to human destiny, a quest for the infinite. It is a dazzling, Academy
Award®-winning visual achievement, a compelling drama
of man vs. machine, a stunning meld of music and motion. It may be the
masterwork of director Stanley Kubrick (who co-wrote the screenplay
with Arthur C. Clarke)
and it will likely excite, inspire and enthrall
To begin his voyage into the future, Kubrick visits our prehistoric
ape-ancestry past, then leaps millenia (via one of the most mind-blowing
jump cuts ever conceived) into colonized space, and ultimately whisks
astronaut Bowman (Keir Dullea) into uncharted realms of space, perhaps
even into immortality. "Open the pod bay doors, HAL." Let
the awe and mystery of a journey unlike any other begin.
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