2001: A Space Odyssey

2001: A Space Odyssey is a 1968 epic science fiction film produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick. The screenplay was written by Kubrick and science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke, and was inspired by Clarke's 1951 short story "The Sentinel" and other short stories by Clarke. Clarke also published a novelisation of the film, in part written concurrently with the screenplay, after the film's release. The film stars Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, and Douglas Rain, and follows a voyage by astronauts, scientists and the sentient supercomputer HAL to Jupiter to investigate an alien monolith.


In a prehistoric veldt, a tribe of hominins is driven away from its water hole by a rival tribe. The next day, they find an alien monolith has appeared in their midst. They then learn how to use a bone as a weapon and, after their first hunt, return to drive their rivals away with it.


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    award Academy Award for Best Visual Effects BAFTA Award for Best Sound David di Donatello for best foreign production Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Director Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Film National Board of Review: Top Ten Films
    contentLocation Africa Clavius Base Discovery One Jupiter Moon Tycho
    director Stanley Kubrick
    editor Ray Lovejoy
    events artificial intelligence cybernetic revolt human evolution space exploration
    genre adventure drama science fiction
    keywords alien monolith beg bury eat extravehicular activity float hal 9000 hominin hominini how to kill life support lip reading lunar outpost meet mission control monolith neoclassical neoclassical architecture nothing old man processor core read russian scientist space station suspended animation veldt
    musicBy Aram Khachaturian György Ligeti Johann Strauss II Richard Strauss
    nomination Academy Award for Best Director Academy Award for Best Production Design Academy Award for Best Visual Effects Academy Award for Best Writing, Original Screenplay BAFTA Award for Best Film BAFTA Award for Best Sound Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Feature Film Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation United Nations Awards
    producer Stanley Kubrick
    productionCompany Hawk Films
    publisher Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
    recordedAt Amalgamated Studios Arizona Harris Monument Valley Namibia Shepperton Studios Tabernas Desert Utah
    theme epic science fiction adventure the future