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2001: A Space Odyssey (1968):
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Stanley Kubrick
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Keir Dullea
Gary Lockwood
William Sylvester
Douglas Rain
... Director
... Writer

... Dr. Dave Bowman
... Dr. Frank Poole
... Dr. Heywood Floyd
... HAL 900 (voice)

Stanley Kubrick's 2001 is a marvel. Not only does the story hold up after thirty years, but so do his special effects, which he kept to a minimum. Most science fiction movies this old show their age when it comes to the special and visual effects, but not 2001. I will admit that compared to today's fast-paced, action-packed movies, 2001 is slow, but since it has a plot, it afford to be slow. The movie is timeless and I can't do it justice in words, just watch it for yourself.

As a side note, if you really enjoyed the pace and style of 2001: A Space Odyssey, you can try and watch Solaris (VHS). Solaris is a Russian film (so you have to read subtitles), which was made five years after 2001, but was based on a novel that predates both movies. Solaris is very similar in cinematic style and even less hurried than 2001 (had to warn you). Unlike 2001, Solaris has psychological antagonists and is just as cryptic as 2001.

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