After discovering a monolith on the lunar surface, the Discovery One and its revolutionary supercomputer set out to unravel its mysterious origin.
The Monoliths push humanity to reach for the stars; after their discovery in Africa generations ago, the mysterious objects lead mankind on an awesome journey to Jupiter, with the help of H.A.L. 9000: the world’s greatest supercomputer.
“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.
Keir Dullea … as Dr. Dave Bowman
Gary Lockwood … as Dr. Frank Poole
William Sylvester … as Dr. Heywood R. Floyd
Daniel Richter … as Moon-Watcher
Leonard Rossiter … as Dr. Andrei Smyslov
Margaret Tyzack … as Elena
Robert Beatty … as Dr. Ralph Halvorsen
Sean Sullivan … as Dr. Bill Michaels
Douglas Rain … as HAL 9000 (voice)
Frank Miller … as Mission Controller (voice)
Bill Weston … as Astronaut
Ed Bishop … as Ed Bishop: Aries-1B Lunar Shuttle Captain
Glenn Beck … as Astronaut
Alan Gifford … as Poole’s Father
Ann Gillis … as Poole’s Mother
Edwina Carroll … as Aries-1B Stewardess
Penny Brahms … as Stewardess
Heather Downham … as Stewardess