1968   UK 2001: A Space Odyssey
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Director:Stanley Kubrick
Studio:Warner Brothers
Writer:Arthur C. Clarke, Stanley Kubrick
IMDb Rating:8.4 (210,526 votes)
Awards:Won Oscar, Another 11 wins & 6 nominations
Duration:148 min
Stanley Kubrick  ...  (Director)
Arthur C. Clarke, Stanley Kubrick  ...  (Writer)
Keir Dullea  ...  Dr. Dave Bowman
Gary Lockwood  ...  Dr. Frank Poole
William Sylvester  ...  Dr. Heywood R. Floyd
Daniel Richter  ...  Moon-Watcher
Leonard Rossiter  ...  Dr. Andrei Smyslov
Margaret Tyzack  ...  Elena
Robert Beatty  ...  Dr. Ralph Halvorsen
Sean Sullivan  ...  Dr. Bill Michaels
Douglas Rain  ...  HAL 9000
Frank Miller  ...  Mission Controller
Bill Weston  ...  Astronaut
Ed Bishop  ...  Aries-1B Lunar Shuttle Captain
Glenn Beck  ...  Astronaut
Alan Gifford  ...  Poole's Father
Ann Gillis  ...  Poole's Mother
Geoffrey Unsworth  ...  Cinematographer
Ray Lovejoy  ...  Editor
Comments: The most annoying soundtrack I've endured.

Summary: "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.

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