Plot: 2001 is a story of evolution. Sometime in the distant past, someone or something nudged evolution by placing a monolith on Earth (presumably elsewhere throughout the universe as well). Evolution then enabled humankind to reach the moon’s surface, where yet another monolith is found, one that signals the monolith placers that humankind has evolved that far. Now a race begins between computers (HAL) and human (Bowman) to reach the monolith placers. The winner will achieve the next step in evolution, whatever that may be.

Rating: G (violence)

Directed By: Stanley Kubrick

Written By: Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke

Production: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer,
Stanley Kubrick Productions

In Theaters: April 06, 1968

On DVD: August 25, 1998

Box Office: $56.7M

Budget: $10,500,000 (estimated)

Runtime: 160 min.


Dr. Dave Bowman – Keir Dullea
Dr. Frank Poole – Gary Lockwood
Dr. Heywood R. Floyd – William Sylvester
Moon-Watcher – Daniel Richter
Dr. Andrei Smyslov – Leonard Rossiter
Elena – Margaret Tyzack

Dr. Ralph Halvorsen – Robert Beatty
Dr. Bill Michaels – Sean Sullivan
HAL 9000 (voice) – Douglas Rain
Mission Controller (voice) – Frank Miller