2001: A Space Odyssey
2001 A Space Odyssey poster
Directed by Stanley Kubrick
Produced by Stanley Kubrick

Keir Dullea
Gary Lockwood
William Sylvester
Douglas Rain

Cinematography Geoffrey Unsworth
Editing by Ray Lovejoy
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (original)
Warner Bros. (current)
Release April 2, 1968
Running time 161 minutes
Country United States
United Kingdom
Language English
Budget $10.5 million
Gross revenue $190 million

2001: A Space Odyssey is a 1968 British-American science fiction film produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick. The screenplay was written by Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke, and was partially inspired by Clarke's short story "The Sentinel". Clarke concurrently wrote the novel 2001: A Space Odyssey which was published soon after the film was released. The story deals with a series of encounters between humans and mysterious black monoliths that are apparently affecting human evolution, and a space voyage to Jupiter tracing a signal emitted by one such monolith found on the moon. Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood star as the two astronauts on this voyage, with Douglas Rain as the voice of the sentient computer HAL 9000 who has full control over their spaceship. The film is frequently described as an "epic film", both for its length and scope, and for its affinity with classical epics.


  • Keir Dullea as Dr. David Bowman
  • Gary Lockwood as Dr. Frank Poole
  • William Sylvester as Dr. Heywood R. Floyd
  • Douglas Rain as the voice of the HAL 9000
  • Daniel Richter
  • Leonard Rossiter as Dr. Andrei Smyslov
  • Margaret Tyzack as Elena
  • Robert Beatty as Dr. Ralph Halvorsen
  • Sean Sullivan as Dr. Roy Michaels
  • Frank Miller as mission controller
  • Edward Bishop as lunar shuttle captain
  • Edwina Carroll as Aries stewardess
  • Penny Brahms as stewardess
  • Heather Downham as stewardess
  • Maggie d'Abo (uncredited) as stewardess (Space station elevator)
  • Chela Matthison (uncredited) as stewardess (Mrs.Turner, Space station reception)
  • Judy Keirn (uncredited) as Voiceprint identification girl (Space station)
  • Alan Gifford as Poole's father
  • Ann Gillis as Poole's mother

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