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Humanity finds a mysterious, obviously artificial object buried beneath the Lunar surface and, with the intelligent computer H.A.L. 9000, sets off on a quest. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Keir Dullea ... Dr. Dave Bowman

Gary Lockwood ... Dr. Frank Poole

William Sylvester ... Dr. Heywood R. Floyd
Daniel Richter ... Moon-Watcher

Leonard Rossiter ... Dr. Andrei Smyslov

Margaret Tyzack ... Elena

Robert Beatty ... Dr. Ralph Halvorsen
Sean Sullivan ... Dr. Bill Michaels
Douglas Rain ... HAL 9000 (voice)
Frank Miller ... Mission Controller (voice)
Bill Weston ... Astronaut

Ed Bishop ... Aries-1B Lunar Shuttle Captain (as Edward Bishop)
Glenn Beck ... Astronaut
Alan Gifford ... Poole's Father
Ann Gillis ... Poole's Mother

Edwina Carroll ... Aries-1B Stewardess
Penny Brahms ... Stewardess
Heather Downham ... Stewardess
Mike Lovell ... Astronaut
John Ashley ... Ape
Jimmy Bell ... Ape
David Charkham ... Ape
Simon Davis ... Ape
Jonathan Daw ... Ape
Péter Delmár ... Ape (as Peter Delmar)
Terry Duggan ... Ape Attacked by Leopard
David Fleetwood ... Ape
Danny Grover ... Ape
Brian Hawley ... Ape
David Hines ... Ape
Tony Jackson ... Ape
John Jordan ... Ape
Scott MacKee ... Ape (as Scott Mackee)
Laurence Marchant ... Ape
Darryl Paes ... Ape
Joe Refalo ... Ape
Andy Wallace ... Ape
Bob Wilyman ... Ape
Richard Woods ... Ape Killed by Moon-Watcher (as Richard Wood)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Martin Amor ... Interviewer (uncredited)
S. Newton Anderson ... Young Man (uncredited)
Sheraton Blount ... (uncredited)
Ann Bormann ... (uncredited)
John Clifford ... TMA-1 Site Technician #2 (uncredited)
Harold Coyne ... Military Officer at Clavius Meeting (uncredited)
Julie Croft ... (uncredited)
Penny Francis ... (uncredited)
Jane Hayward ... (uncredited)
Kenneth Kendall ... BBC-12 Announcer (uncredited)
Vivian Kubrick ... Squirt - Floyd's Daughter (uncredited)
Roy Lansford ... Scientist at TMA-1 Briefing (uncredited)
Marcella Markham ... (uncredited)
Irena Marr ... Russian Scientist (uncredited)
Krystyna Marr ... Russian Scientist (uncredited)
Kim Neil ... (uncredited)
Jane Pearl ... (uncredited)
Penny Pearl ... (uncredited)

Ivor Powell ... V. F. Kaminsky (uncredited)

Kevin Scott ... Miller (uncredited)
John Swindells ... TMA-1 Site Technician #1 (uncredited)
Burnell Tucker ... TMA-1 Site Photographer (uncredited)

Directed by
Stanley Kubrick 
Writing credits
Stanley Kubrick (screenplay) and
Arthur C. Clarke (screenplay)

Arthur C. Clarke  story "The Sentinel" (uncredited)

Produced by
Stanley Kubrick .... producer
Victor Lyndon .... associate producer (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Geoffrey Unsworth (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Ray Lovejoy (film editor)
Casting by
James Liggat (uncredited)
Production Design by
Ernest Archer 
Harry Lange 
Anthony Masters  (as Tony Masters)
Art Direction by
John Hoesli 
Set Decoration by
Robert Cartwright (uncredited)
Makeup Department
Stuart Freeborn .... makeup
Colin Arthur .... special effects makeup artist (uncredited) (ape masks)
Carol Beckett .... key hair stylist (uncredited)
Graham Freeborn .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Kay Freeborn .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Alice Holmes .... key hair stylist (uncredited)
Leonard .... ape suits consultant (uncredited)
Richard Mills .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Charles E. Parker .... makeup supervisor (uncredited)
Mibs Parker .... assistant hair stylist (uncredited)
Hugh Richards .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Muriel Rickaby .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Daphne Vollmer .... assistant hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Ronnie Bear .... post-production manager (uncredited)
Clifton Brandon .... production manager (uncredited)
Eddie Frewin .... unit production manager (uncredited)
Robert Watts .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Derek Cracknell .... first assistant director
Richard Hoult .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Richard Jenkins .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Brian Ackland-Snow .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Martin Atkinson .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Frank Bruton .... property master (uncredited)
Wally Bull .... master plasterer (uncredited)
Chris Burke .... stand-by painter (uncredited)
R. Burton .... engineering draughtsman (uncredited)
Roy Cannon .... stand-by props (uncredited)
Roy Carnon .... scientific design specialist (uncredited)
Reg Carter .... stand-by carpenter (uncredited)
Peter Childs .... draughtsman (uncredited)
John Fenner .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Alan Fraiser .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Dick Frift .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Anna Garrett .... art department typist (uncredited)
Henry Gomez .... stand-by plasterer (uncredited)
John Graysmark .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Les Hillman .... moon construction engineer (uncredited)
Jack Holden .... set dresser (uncredited)
James Holmes .... stand-by stagehand (uncredited)
Tommy Ibbetson .... stand-by props (uncredited)
Bill Isaacs .... production buyer (uncredited)
P. Jarratt .... engineering draughtsman (uncredited)
Theresa Kendall .... art department secretary (uncredited)
Phil Lanning .... stand-by props (uncredited)
Malcolm Legge .... stagehand carpenter (uncredited)
Robert McCall .... conceptual designer (uncredited)
Jumbo Miall .... drapes (uncredited)
Liz Moore .... designer: Star Child (uncredited)
Olivier Mourgue .... interior designer: Discovery (uncredited)
Bob Nadkarni .... sculptor (uncredited)
Stan Odgen .... plasterer's laborer (uncredited)
Charlie Parfitt .... fibrous plasterer (uncredited)
G. Payne .... moon construction engineer (uncredited)
Anthony Pratt .... sketch artist (uncredited)
Tony Reading .... draughtsman (uncredited)
John Rose .... technical illustrator (uncredited)
John Siddall .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Wallis Smith .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Penny Struthers .... art department assistant (uncredited)
Alan Tomkins .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Gus Walker .... TMA-1 construction manager (uncredited)
Frank Willson .... draughtsman (uncredited)
John Young .... technical illustrator (uncredited)
Sound Department
H.L. Bird .... sound mixer
Winston Ryder .... sound editor
J.B. Smith .... chief dubbing mixer
A.W. Watkins .... sound supervisor
Bill Cook .... boom operator (uncredited)
Robin Gregory .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Ernie Grimsdale .... assistant dubbing editor (uncredited)
Michael Hickey .... sound camera operator (uncredited)
Philip Rogers .... sound recordist: restorated version (uncredited)
Neil Stevenson .... sound maintenance (uncredited)
Don Wortham .... boom operator (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Ron Ballanger .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Les Bowie .... special effects additional supervisor (uncredited)
Colin Brewer .... special effects coordinator (uncredited)
Ted Creed .... special effects engineer (uncredited)
Bob Cuff .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
Roger Dicken .... special effects artwork (uncredited)
Wally Gentleman .... special effects supervisor (uncredited)
Jimmy Harris .... special effects (uncredited)
Fred Heather .... special effects (uncredited)
Graham Hooper .... special effects stills printer (uncredited)
Garth Inns .... special effects (uncredited)
Brian Johnson .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
Valerie Kent .... special effects department secretary (uncredited)
Antonio Margheriti .... special effects (uncredited)
Dan McGowen .... special effects stills printer (uncredited)
Curly Nelhams .... special effects (uncredited)
Hilary Ann Pickburn .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
George Pollack .... special effects coordinator (uncredited)
Douglas Potts .... special effects model maker (uncredited)
Joy Seddon .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
Charles Staffell .... special effects additional supervisor (uncredited)
Delia Tindall .... special effects department secretary (uncredited)
Tori Traynor .... special effects runner (uncredited)
Jimmy Ward .... special effects (uncredited)
Tom Welford .... special effects maintenance (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Colin Cantwell .... special photographic effects (as Colin J. Cantwell)
Tom Howard .... special photographic effects supervisor
Stanley Kubrick .... special photographic effects designer
Stanley Kubrick .... special photographic effects director
Bryan Loftus .... special photographic effects
Bruce Logan .... special photographic effects
John Jack Malick .... special photographic effects
Frederick Martin .... special photographic effects
David Osborne .... special photographic effects
Con Pederson .... special photographic effects supervisor
Douglas Trumbull .... special photographic effects supervisor
Wally Veevers .... special photographic effects supervisor
Herbert Bailey .... blob artist (uncredited)
Brian Bennett .... visual effects floor camera department (uncredited)
Peter Biggs .... blob artist (uncredited)
Martin Body .... camera assistant (uncredited)
Martin Body .... visual effects floor camera department (uncredited)
Jim Budd .... matte camera printer (uncredited)
Joy Cuff .... model maker (uncredited)
William C. Davies .... airbrush artist (uncredited)
Jim Dickson .... technical animation specialist (uncredited)
Linwood G. Dunn .... background plates (uncredited)
Bernard Ford .... visual effects floor camera department (uncredited)
Jenny Foster .... blob artist (uncredited)
John Gant .... blob artist (uncredited)
Edward Gerald .... animation stand (uncredited)
Martin Goldsmith .... animation stand (uncredited)
Caird Green .... blob artist (uncredited)
Ann Griffiths .... blob artist (uncredited)
Fran Guye .... blob artist (uncredited)
Denis Hall .... rostrum cameraman (uncredited)
Peter Harman .... visual effects floor camera department (uncredited)
Paul Haywood .... blob artist (uncredited)
Graham Hooper .... visual effects stills printer (uncredited)
John Horton .... blob artist (uncredited)
Tom Howard .... front projection supervisor (uncredited)
Jeremy Hume .... matte artist (uncredited)
Malcolm Kafetz .... optical special properties (uncredited)
Sarah Katz .... blob artist (uncredited)
Martin Kelly .... camera operator: visual effects unit (uncredited)
Trevor Lawrence .... airbrush artist (uncredited)
Alf Levy .... airbrush artist (uncredited)
Bruce Logan .... animation artist (uncredited)
John Mackey .... miniatures camera (uncredited)
Robin McDonnell .... second visual effects assistant editor (uncredited)
Dan McGowen .... visual effects stills printer (uncredited)
Bob Nadkarni .... blob artist (uncredited)
Roy Naisbitt .... animation artist (uncredited)
David Osborne .... director of photography: visual effects unit (uncredited)
Terry Pearce .... visual effects floor camera department (uncredited)
Zoran Perisic .... animation stand (uncredited)
David Peterson .... blob artist (uncredited)
Catherine Philby .... blob artist (uncredited)
William Plampton .... blob artist (uncredited)
Douglas Potts .... model maker (uncredited)
Hapugoda Premaratne .... blob artist (uncredited)
Hilary Randall .... blob artist (uncredited)
Bob Rickerd .... visual effects floor camera department (uncredited)
Livia Rolandini .... blob artist (uncredited)
Clive Sheperd .... blob supervisor (uncredited)
James Simpson .... blob artist (uncredited)
Gary Sinclair .... blob artist (uncredited)
Jaiseet Singh .... animation stand (uncredited)
Dennis Smith .... blob artist (uncredited)
Jack Spooner .... matte camera printer (uncredited)
Charles Staffell .... back projection supervisor (uncredited)
Phil Stokes .... miniatures assistant (uncredited)
David Temple .... blob artist (uncredited)
Roger Turner .... blob artist (uncredited)
Nigel Walter .... blob artist (uncredited)
David Watkins .... blob artist (uncredited)
James Wilkins .... blob artist (uncredited)
Brian Wilsher .... blob artist (uncredited)
Ron Wooster .... matte camera printer (uncredited)
Richard Yuricich .... additional matte photography (uncredited)
Brian Chutter .... stunt double (uncredited)
Bobby Clark .... stunts (uncredited)
Robin Dawson-Whisker .... stunt double (uncredited)
John Francis .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Gerry Judge .... stunt double (uncredited)
Eddie Milburn .... stunt double (uncredited)
Tom Sheppard .... stunt double (uncredited)
Bill Weston .... stunt double: Keir Dullea (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
John Alcott .... additional photography
Kelvin Pike .... camera operator
Kevin Bray .... still photographer (uncredited)
Don Budge .... grip (uncredited)
David Cadwallader .... grip (uncredited)
John Campbell .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Robert Gaffney .... director of photography: Monument Valley (uncredited)
Norman Godden .... camera maintenance (uncredited)
Peter Hannan .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Cedric James .... second camera assistant (uncredited)
John Jay .... still photographer (uncredited)
Bill Jeffrey .... chief lighting technician (uncredited)
Bryan Loftus .... focus puller (uncredited)
Peter MacDonald .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Barry Miller .... electrician (uncredited)
Jed Murphy .... electrician (uncredited)
David Osborne .... focus puller (uncredited)
Terry Pearce .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Graham Scaife .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Gilbert Taylor .... additional photographer (uncredited)
George Walker .... assistant chief lighting technician (uncredited)
Michael Wilson .... additional photographer (uncredited)
Ken Worringham .... camera operator (uncredited)
David Wynn-Jones .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Hardy Amies .... wardrobe
David Baker .... assistant wardrobe supervisor (uncredited)
Mary Gibson .... wardrobe supervisor (uncredited)
Duncan McPhee .... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)
Eileen Sullivan .... wardrobe supervisor (uncredited)
John Wilson-Apperson .... wardrobe supervisor (uncredited)
Editorial Department
David de Wilde .... editorial assistant (as David De Wilde)
Stewart Brown .... color consultant: Technicolor (uncredited)
Doug Haig .... color consultant: Technicolor (uncredited)
Harry V. Jones .... color timer (uncredited)
Bob Mullen .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Alice Yendell .... negative cutter (uncredited)
Music Department
Aram Khachaturyan .... music by (as Aram Khatchaturian)
György Ligeti .... music by
Richard Strauss .... music by
Johann Strauß .... music by
Patrick Moore .... musical consultant (uncredited)
Frank J. Urioste .... music editor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Terry Brown .... driver (uncredited)
Ron Coldham .... driver (uncredited)
Michael Connor .... driver: Mr. Kubrick (uncredited)
Eddie Frewin .... transportation captain (uncredited)
Jim Warner .... driver: Mr. Kubrick (uncredited)
Other crew
Frederick I. Ordway III .... scientific consultant
Colin Arthur .... laboratory assistant (uncredited)
John Barnett .... stills technician (uncredited)
Domeny Bernie .... typist (uncredited)
Shrish Bhatt .... accounts inventory clerk (uncredited)
Andrew Birkin .... assistant: Mr. Kubrick (uncredited)
Elizabeth Brady .... assistant: Christine Mitchell (uncredited)
Roger Caras .... unit publicist: USA (uncredited)
Pamela Carlton .... continuity (uncredited)
Merle Chamberlin .... production coordinator (uncredited)
Brian Chutter .... stand-in (uncredited)
Patrick Clayton .... production assistant (uncredited)
Robin Dawson-Whitaker .... stand-in (uncredited)
Terry Duggan .... wrangler (uncredited)
George Dunn .... projectionist (uncredited)
Anthony Frewin .... assistant: Mr. Kubrick (uncredited)
Adrian Haggard .... choreographer (uncredited)
Keith Hamshere .... stills filing clerk (uncredited)
Brian Harris .... assistant accountant (uncredited)
Margaret Hattam .... typist (uncredited)
Jill Hollamby .... assistant: Christine Mitchell (uncredited)
Randee Lynne Jensen .... distribution executive (uncredited)
Gerry Judge .... stand-in (uncredited)
Peter Lancaster .... assistant accountant (uncredited)
Harry Lange .... advisor: aeronautics (uncredited)
John Locke .... dark room assistant (uncredited)
Robert McCall .... publicity artist (uncredited)
Richard McKenna .... astronautics advisor (uncredited)
George Merritt .... engineering shop manager (uncredited)
Hilary Messenger .... publicity secretary (uncredited)
Eddie Milburn .... stand-in (uncredited)
Marvin Minsky .... technical consultant (uncredited)
Christine Mitchell .... production assistant (uncredited)
Ormond G. Mitchell .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Michael Murray .... runner (uncredited)
Sam Nolan .... caterer (uncredited)
Daphne Paice .... production assistant (uncredited)
Beti Parry .... secretary: Mr. Bear (uncredited)
Ron Phipps .... production accountant (uncredited)
Arthur Porter .... assistant accountant (uncredited)
Ivor Powell .... publicist (uncredited)
Ivor Powell .... publicity department liaison (uncredited)
Benn Reyes .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Daniel Richter .... choreographer (uncredited)
Monica Rogers .... production department secretary (uncredited)
Iris Rose .... production secretary (uncredited)
Mike Round .... print librarian (uncredited)
Tom Sheppard .... stand-in (uncredited)
Elaine Simms .... secretary: Mr. Caras (uncredited)
Roy Simpson .... choreographer (uncredited)
Jack Stephens .... location manager (uncredited)
Dan S. Terrell .... publicity supervisor (uncredited)
Edna Thomas .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Edna Tromans .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Margaret Warrington .... secretary (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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160 min | 141 min (cut) | USA:146 min (TCM print)
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (35 mm magnetic prints) | 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | DTS 70 mm (2001 re-release)
Argentina:13 | Australia:G | Brazil:Livre | Canada:G (Manitoba/Nova Scotia) (original rating) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Canada:PG (Alberta) (2009) | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Nova Scotia) (re-rating) (2007) | Finland:K-8 | France:U | Ireland:G | Israel:PG | Italy:T | Japan:G (2010) | Malaysia:U | Netherlands:AL (DVD rating) | New Zealand:PG | Norway:11 | Norway:12 (1969) | Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) | Singapore:PG | South Korea:12 | Spain:T | Sweden:11 | Switzerland:10 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:10 (canton of Vaud) | UK:U | UK:12 (blu-ray) (2009) | USA:G (Approved No. 21197) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating) | West Germany:12

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Although all advertisements, as well as the soundtrack album and the movie's closing credits, claimed that the film was released in Cinerama, it was not shot in the Cinerama process (three synchronized films that would be shown by three synchronized projectors on a huge, curved screen). All Cinerama films from 1963 on were shot by one camera on 65-millimeter film with a special anamorphic lens that would then project a blown-up image onto the curved screen. This film initially did such poor box office that MGM actually considered pulling it from Cinerama release after completion of a 30-day run. The exhibitors began reporting that audiences were not only increasing, but it was noted that some audience members had come to see the film multiple times. It eventually became one of MGM's biggest hits, yet was the only film to be pulled from Cinerama venues while it was still making a good profit. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer was anxious to release its completed production Ice Station Zebra (1968).See more »
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: When the hatch is blown with the "explosive bolts", it appears to vanish when it should have been in between Dave and the Discovery, blocking his entrance, However, the door isn't actually detached in this sequence but is, rather, forcibly opened with the door sliding into the side of pod as it normally would, just much quicker due to the explosive bolts being fired.See more »
[first lines]
Aries-1B stewardess:Here you are, sir, main level please.
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484 out of 678 people found the following review useful.
A film of monolithic proportions., 5 January 2005
Author: Manthorpe from Austin, TX

A review I have put off for far too long....

Bluntly, 2001 is one of the best science-fiction films made to date, if not the very best. Stanley Kubrick was a genius of a film maker and this is one of his very best works. And although it is misunderstood by many, and respectively underrated, it is considered one of the best films of all time and I'll have to agree. Back in 1968, no one had done anything like this before, and no one has since. It was a marvel of a special effects breakthrough back then, and seeing how the effects hold up today, it is no wonder as to why. The film still looks marvelous after almost forty years! Take note CGI people. Through the use of large miniatures and realistic lighting, Kubrick created some of the best special effects ever put on celluloid. This aspect alone almost single-handedly created the chilling void of the space atmosphere which is also attributed to the music and realistic sound effects. I can't think of another film where you can't here anything in space, like it is in reality. Not only is the absence of sound effects in space realistic, it is used cleverly as a tool to establish mood, and it works flawlessly.

Aside from the magnificent display of ingenious special effects, there are other factors that play a part in establishing the feel of the film. The music played, all classical, compliment what the eyes are seeing and make you feel the significance of man's journey through his evolution from ape to space traveler.

The story, while seemingly simple, is profound. Sequentially, several mysterious black monoliths are discovered and basically trigger certain events integral to the film. What are they? Where did they come from? What do they do? These are all questions one asks oneself while watching the story develop and is asked to find his own way. While most come away with a general idea of what took place in the story, each individual will have to decide what it means to them. Any way one decides to answer these question results in profound solutions. It's not left entirely up to interpretation, but in some aspects it is. Experience it for more clarification. The end result is quite chilling, no matter your personal solution.

While it is a long film, and sometimes slows down, it has to be in order to accurately portray the journey of man. It's not a subject that would have faired well in a shorter film, faster paced feature. Those with short attention spans need not apply.

Last but not least, is the epitome of a remorseless antagonist, HAL 9000, the computer. Never has a machine held such a chilling screen presence. Which reminds me, for a film with such profound ambition and execution, there is surprisingly little dialogue. Another sign of Kubrick's genius.

All in all, one of the best films made to date and one of the very best science fiction films made. A personal favorite. Everyone must see this film at least once.

Very highly recommended.

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