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In space the only difference between life and death is merely that of lines flattening out on a monitor. HAL, our happy computer, given life by the voice work of Douglas Rains tells us that he is more human then that of the main character Dave. I feel that Hal is the future that Kubrick saw. The things we build to help us will eventually become so powerfull that they will dislike the humanness of our existance and wish for our destruction.
2001: A Space Odyssey
Keir Dullea ... David Bowman
Gary Lockwood ... Frank Poole
William Sylvester ... Heywood Floyd
Daniel Richter ... Moonwatcher
Leonard Rossiter ... Smyslov
Margaret Tyzack ... Elena
Robert Beatty ... Halvorsen
Sean Sullivan ... Michaels
Douglas Rain ... HAL-9000
Frank Miller ... Mission Controller
Ed Bishop ... Lunar Shuttle Captain
Alan Gifford ... Poole's Father
Edwina Carroll ... Stewardess
Penny Brahms ... Stewardess
Vivian Kubrick ... "Squirt" (uncredited)
Arthur C. Clarke
Aram Khachaturian (from "Ballet Suite Gayane")
Gyorgy Ligeti (from "Atmospheres")
Richard Strauss (from "Also Sprach Zarathustra")
Johann Strauss (from "The Blue Danube")
Production Design by
Costume Design by
Film Editing by
H.L. Bird ... Sound Mixer
Colin Cantwell ... Special Photographic Effects
Derek Cracknell ... Assistant Director
David De Wilde ... Editorial Assistant
Stuart Freeborn ... Make-up Artist
John Hoesli ... Art Director
Tom Howard ... Special Photographic Effects Supervisor
Stanley Kubrick ... Special Photographic Effects Designer and Director
Bryan Loftus ... Special Photographic Effects Unit
Bruce Logan ... Special Photographic Effects Unit
John Jack Malick ... Special Photographic Effects Unit
Frederick Martin ... Special Photographics Effects Unit
Olivier Mourgue ... Interior Designer of Discovery
Frederick I. Ordway III ... Technical Advisor
David Osborne ... Special Photographic Effects Unit
Con Pederson ... Special Photographic Effects Supervisor, Special Visual Effects Supervisor
Kelvin Pike ... Camera Operator
Iris Rose ... Production Secretary
Winston Ryder ... Sound Editor
J.B. Smith ... Chief Dubbing Mixer
Douglas Trumbull ... Special Photographic Effects Supervisor
Wally Veevers ... Special Photographic Effects Supervisor
A. W. Watkins ... Sound Supervisor
I had a lot of trouble remembering this film from when I was a kid in 1982. I just bought it on DVD and sat with my wife, who had never seen it, and told her what a great movie we were about to watch.
Long story short, she went and did laundry 1/4 into this film and I had fallen asleep about 6 times. The scene with HAL was the only worthwhile part of the movie. Not only was I disapointed with the film, I was embarrased that I had spent a couple days talking this film up based on the little I remember and all the hype I've been bombarded with over the last couple decades. Let's face it, put aside the outstanding special effects for its time and the completely non-conveyed beatnik existential point, and you have THE WORST FILM EVER. Because those are the only reasons anyone is all goo-goo over this film.
Someone on the IMBD forum said there was no entertainment value in this film. And that was rebutted with "It doesn't have to entertain to be entertaining." Well neither does watching a ceiling fan spin. My 4-month old baby finds ceiling fans the most entertaining thing since her fingers and even she fell asleep watching this.
Watching a sequence of a man in his space pod suddenly appearing in a hotel room, then seeing himself out of the pod, then seeing himself eating at the dinner table as an old man, then seeing himself die in a deathbed... can be pretty profound. But literally taking 35 minutes of SILENT film to show this sequence is a good reason to get up and walk out of the theatre. Do you honestly think 40 minutes of psychedelic imagry is necessary to show the audience that he's going somewheres? Hell! Stargate sent people across the whole universe in what IS considered to be a very profound existential concept and they did it in just 20 seconds.
In short, they took what was a 1 hour movie tops and porked it to 2 1/2 hours with slow, boring imagry and pretty lights.
Am I a hardcore sci-fi fan? You bet I am. I've seen nearly all of them ever since "The First Man into Space" scared the pants off a 7 year old at the home town movie theater. I watched B Movies, horror flicks, the big money movies and the very small budget films. But, 2001 A Space Odyssey ranks #1 in my book. This was the first film of its type to present a sci-fi genrie using technology of space travel on the drawing boards as opposed to just using someone's imagination. The plot was pure science fiction as it should be. The representation of that plot on the screen was pure future-to-come. The music used could not have been better suited to the task. I remember clearly watching the response of people leaving the theater after watching this film. Some were shaking their heads not sure what they just saw. Others were bewildered. But most were simply saying they were coming back to see it again. That is what this movie did for people. Not unlike those people, I did come back. As a matter of fact, I came back 7 times. And like all excellent movies, I say things I missed from the previous show. This to me makes an epic. And an epic it is. So, put this dvd in HD player, turn up the stereo system and be prepared to turn everything off around you.
I bought this movie primarily so my kids could see it. I was horrified to find out that the employee in Blockbuster didn't even know what 2001 was. I couldn't imagine and world in which a person entrusted to help me with my videos was perplexed by a classic!!! Who can forget HAL? The claustrophobic feeling of trying to hide from the omnipresent , malevolent HAL, deep in space, cut off, silence so thick it covers every gleaming surface? This is a horror film with no gimmicks, no cheap thrills and no boogey man. A masterpiece that everyone should know about. And the opening is a classic that I was sure people in the jungles of Borneo knew about. When you get a great script and a great director, it's hard to screw up a film and 2001 proves that in every frame. If you haven't seen this film, you haven't really thought about what life would be like if your artificial intelligence-driven world were to take a left turn on you and start thinking for itself. It's even scarier today then it was when it came out, more powerful, more visceral and more contemporary. Not many films you can say that about, except maybe Dr. Strangelove. Oh yeah, I think I remember that director too!!
Saw the movie when it came out in the late '60.
Was floored by it's special effects and story line.
Had to read the book, which came out AFTER the movie,
in order to fully grasp what Clarke was driving at.
Before computer imageries, this one puts them all to shame.
Ever smart computer on board the space station is the star.
Hall 9000is its name.
The acting is besides the point.
The story is what matters.
Humanity reaches the moon, and the great mind that created
everything becomes aware that we are ready to reach the stars.
Hall 9000, the on board computer is the star.
The point is, we should not trust computers, as well as we
should not trust what we think we know is for real.
Best Sci-Fi ever, by hundred billion miles!