2001: A Space Odyssey (movie)

1968 film by Stanley Kubrick

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".

2001: A Space Odyssey
Directed byStanley Kubrick
Written byNovel:
Arthur C. Clarke
Stanley Kubrick
Arthur C. Clarke
Produced byStanley Kubrick
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
141 Min
(general release)
CountriesUnited Kingdom
United States

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.


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