2001: A Space Odyssey Celebrates 55th Anniversary

2001: A Space Odyssey is one of the most influential sci-fi films.

2001: A Space Odyssey 55th Anniversary

2001: A Space Odyssey came out 55 years ago today on April 2nd 1968. Stanley Kubrick produced, wrote, and directed this sci-fi drama which won an academy award for best visual effects. It was inspired by Science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke’s 1951 short story “The Sentinel.” This film stars Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, and Douglas Rain. Kubrick began this project after completing Dr. Strangelove. He would go on to make A Clockwork Orange, The Shining, Full Metal Jacket, and Eyes Wide Shut.


An imposing black structure provides a connection between the past and the future in this enigmatic adaptation of a short story by revered sci-fi author Arthur C. Clarke. When Dr. Dave Bowman (Keir Dullea) and other astronauts are sent on a mysterious mission, their ship’s computer system, HAL, begins to display increasingly strange behavior, leading up to a tense showdown between man and machine that results in a mind-bending trek through space and time.

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