After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as a distress call, its landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious lifeform, and they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun.
A mentally unstable veteran works as a nighttime taxi driver in New York City, where the perceived decadence and sleaze fuels his urge for violent action by attempting to liberate a presidential campaign worker and an underage prostitute.
Robert De Niro,
Ellen Ripley is rescued by a deep salvage team after being in hypersleep for 57 years. The moon that the Nostromo visited has been colonized, but contact is lost. This time, colonial marines have impressive firepower, but will that be enough?
"2001" is a story of evolution. Sometime in the distant past, someone or something nudged evolution by placing a monolith on Earth (presumably elsewhere throughout the universe as well). Evolution then enabled humankind to reach the moon's surface, where yet another monolith is found, one that signals the monolith placers that humankind has evolved that far. Now a race begins between computers (HAL) and human (Bowman) to reach the monolith placers. The winner will achieve the next step in evolution, whatever that may be.Written by
The actors hired to play the australopithecines in the "Dawn of Man" sequence were mostly mimes and dancers, though they also used two baby chimpanzees as the tribe's children. They chose actors with thin arms and legs and narrow hips so that the fur added to make them look like australopithecines wouldn't appear too bulky. Stanley Kubrick's fear was that the body fur might make them look like actors in B-movie gorilla suits. See more »
In various scenes that take place on the moon, the earth is depicted in the background. The earth is always depicted as appearing far larger than it actually appears in reality. Even before the Apollo 8 "earth rising" pictures from December 1968, it would have been possibly to determine the correct perspective, with relatively straight-forward mathematical calculations. See more »
The original theatrical release had Ligeti's Atmospheres to a black screen for roughly 8 to 10 minutes before the movie began, and Strauss' The Blue Danube well after the end credits to a black screen. See more »
Some versions have title cards on-screen during the Overture and Entr'acte sections, while other versions omit these titles and simply play the music over a black screen. See more »
I have seen thousands of films ranging from foolish humor such as harold and kumar to brilliance like Requiem for a Dream. I've been wanting to see this film for years and after building my new home theater I deemed that this would be the film I would use for its opening.
I found myself fast forwarding (Something I've never done in a film) through many of the so called 'visual masterpiece's' If it wasn't for HAL I would have broke this garbage into a thousand pieces. Don't get me wrong I love every other one of Kubrick's films, he just missed on this one..terrible.
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