2001: A Space Odyssey script
Synopsis: 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.

Of all the creatures who had ever lived on Earth, Moonwatcher's

race was the first to raise their eyes with interest to the Moon,

and though he could not remember it, when he was young,

Moonwatcher would reach out and try to touch its ghostly face.

Now he new he would have to find a tree that was high


He stirs when shrieks and screams echo up the slope from

one of the lower caves, and he does not need to hear the

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occasional growl of the lion to know what is happening. Down

there in the darkness, old One-Eye and his family are dying,

and the thought that he might help in some way never crosses

Moonwatcher's mind. The harsh logic of survival rules out

such fancies. Every cave is silent, lest it attract disaster.

And in the caves, in tortured spells of fitful dozing and

fearful waiting, were gathered the nightmares of generations

yet to come.

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The Others are growing desperate; the forage on their side of

the valley is almost exhausted. Perhaps they realise that

Moonwatcher's tribe has lost three of its numbers during the

night, for they choose this mourning to break the truce. When

they meet at the river in the still, misty dawn, there is a

deeper and more menacing note in their challenge. The noisy

but usually harmless confrontation lasts only a few seconds

before the invasion begins.

In an uncertainly-moving horde, the Others cross the river,

shieking threats and hunched for the attack. They are led

by a big-toothed hominid of Moonwatcher's own size and age.

Startled and frightened, the tribe retreats before the first

advance, throwing nothing more substantial than imprecations

at the invaders. Moonwatcher moves with them, his mind a

mist of rage and confusion. To be driven from their own

territory is a great badness, but to lose the river is death.

He does not know what to do; it is a situation beyond his


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Stanley Kubrick

Stanley Kubrick was born in Manhattan, New York City, to Sadie Gertrude (Perveler) and Jacob Leonard Kubrick, a physician. His family were Jewish immigrants (from Austria, Romania, and Russia). Stanley was considered intelligent, despite poor grades at school. Hoping that a change of scenery would produce better academic performance, Kubrick's father sent him in 1940 to Pasadena, California, to stay with his uncle, Martin Perveler. Returning to the Bronx in 1941 for his last year of grammar school, there seemed to be little change in his attitude or his results. Hoping to find something to interest his son, Jack introduced Stanley to chess, with the desired result. Kubrick took to the game passionately, and quickly became a skilled player. Chess would become an important device for Kubrick in later years, often as a tool for dealing with recalcitrant actors, but also as an artistic motif in his films. more…

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