2001: A Space Odyssey (movie)

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2001: A Space Odyssey
Directed byStanley Kubrick
Produced byStanley Kubrick
Written byNovel:
Arthur C. Clarke
Screenplay:
Stanley Kubrick
Arthur C. Clarke
StarringKeir Dullea
Gary Lockwood
William Sylvester
Daniel Richter
Leonard Rossiter
Douglas Rain
CinematographyGeoffrey Unsworth
Edited byRay Lovejoy
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer (1968-1998, video only from 1986-1998)
Turner Entertainment (theatrical and TV, 1986-1996)
Warner Bros. (via Turner) (theatrical and TV since 1996, video since 1999)
Release date
April 6, 1968 (USA)
Running time
160 Min
(premiere)
141 Min
(general release)
CountryUnited Kingdom
United States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$10,500,000

2001: A Space Odyssey is a 1968 science fiction movie. It was directed by Stanley Kubrick. It was written by Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke. The movie deals with human evolution, technology, artificial intelligence, and extraterrestrial life. The science aspects in the movie seem very real. It had new special effects. It used images and sound to show meaning and did not use much talking. The music at the beginning is the start of a symphonic poem by Richard Strauss called "Also Sprach Zarathustra".

It received some good and some bad reviews when it was released. Now 2001: A Space Odyssey is recognized by critics as one of the greatest movies ever made; a sample of critics in 2002 placed it among the top ten movies of all time.[1] It was nominated for four Academy Awards, and it was given an award for visual effects. In 1991, it was thought to be "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" (i.e. important for culture, history and aesthetics) by the United States Library of Congress and was chosen to be kept in their National Film Registry.

Release dates[change | change source]

Country Premiere
 Japan 11 April 1968
 Argentina 18 April 1968
 Australia 2 May 1968
 United Kingdom 12 May 1968
 Brazil 4 July 1968
 Ireland 26 July 1968
 Sweden 27 August 1968
 West Germany 11 September 1968
 Finland 20 September 1968
 France 27 September 1968
 Portugal 1 October 1968
 Netherlands 3 October 1968
Flag of Spain (1945–1977).svg Spain 17 October 1968
 Mexico 31 October 1968
 Greece 11 December 1968
 Italy 12 December 1968
 Norway 28 February 1969
 Hong Kong 1 March 1969
 Colombia 29 May 1969
 Uruguay 16 July 1969
 Denmark 4 August 1969
 Iceland 14 October 1972
 Turkey 19 November 1973
 Poland January 1974
 Hungary 22 March 1979
 India 4 October 2017
 Russia 30 August 2018

References[change | change source]

  1. "Sight and Sound: Top Ten Poll 2002". British Film Institute. Retrieved 2006-12-15.