2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) Poster

William Sylvester: Dr. Heywood R. Floyd



  • [last lines] 

    Dr. Floyd : [prerecorded message speaking through TV on board Discovery while Bowman looks on]  Good day, gentlemen. This is a prerecorded briefing made prior to your departure and which for security reasons of the highest importance has been known on board during the mission only by your H-A-L 9000 computer. Now that you are in Jupiter's space and the entire crew is revived it can be told to you. Eighteen months ago the first evidence of intelligent life off the Earth was discovered. It was buried 40 feet below the lunar surface near the crater Tycho. Except for a single very powerful radio emission aimed at Jupiter the four-million year old black monolith has remained completely inert. Its origin and purpose are still a total mystery.

  • Dr Floyd : Can't you think of anything else you want for your birthday? Something very special?

    Floyd's Daughter : Yes.

    Dr Floyd : What?

    Floyd's Daughter : A bush baby.

    Dr Floyd : A bush baby! Well, we'll have to see about that.

  • [choosing sandwiches from a cooler while flying over the lunar surface] 

    Dr. Floyd : What's that? Chicken?

    Dr. Bill Michaels : Something like that. Tastes the same anyway.

  • Dr Floyd : Don't suppose you have any idea what the damn thing is, huh?

    Dr. Rolf Halvorsen : Wish to hell we did.

  • Dr Floyd : Now I'm sure you're all aware of the extremely grave potential for cultural shock and social disorientation contained in this present situation, if the facts were prematurely and suddenly made public without adequate preparation and conditioning.

  • Dr. Floyd : I'm sorry, I'm simply not at liberty to say.

  • Elena : Oh, we're going home. We have just spent three months calibrating the new antennae at Tchalinko... And what about you?

    Dr. Floyd : I'm just on my way up to Clavius.

  • Floyd's Daughter : Hello?

    Dr. Floyd : Hello!

    Floyd's Daughter : Hello.

    Dr. Floyd : How're you doing, squirt?

    Floyd's Daughter : All right.

    Dr. Floyd : What are you doing?

    Floyd's Daughter : Playing.

    Dr. Floyd : Where's mommy?

    Floyd's Daughter : Gone to shopping.

    Dr. Floyd : Well, who's taking care of you?

    Floyd's Daughter : Rachel.

    Dr. Floyd : May I speak to Rachel, please?

    Floyd's Daughter : She's gone to the bathroom.

  • Dr. Floyd : [upon learning about the monolith while on the moonbus]  Deliberately buried. Huh!

  • Dr. Floyd : You guys have really come up with somethin'.

  • Dr. Floyd : [after completing the space station's voice-print identification]  See you on the way back.

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