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2001: A Space Odyssey

When a group of scientists discover a black monolith buried on the moon is beaming a strange signal to Jupiter, they send a team of astronauts to investigate the largest planet. This now-classic Odyssey features computer glitches and unexplainable phenomena that have had audiences speculating ever since. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: B+
Violence: B-
Sexual Content: A
Language: A
Drugs/Alcohol: A
Run Time: 141
Theater Release: 06 Apr 1968
Video Release: 11 Jun 2001
MPAA Rating: G
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

Why did Arthur C. Clarke leave the purpose of the monolith as a mystery? What do you think it represents? (Those interested in gaining greater insight into the author’s intended meaning may find some answers at their local library by reading later books in this series, such as: 2010, 2061: Odyssey Three, and 3001: The Final Odyssey.)

You are living at the time when this movie was supposed to take place—33 years after the film was made. Why were people in 1968 so optimistic about what we would achieve in space travel over the next quarter-century? If you were to make 2035: A Space Odyssey, what do you think people would be doing?

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