2001: A Space Odyssey (film)
2001: A Space Odyssey is a 1968 science-fiction film. The film deals with thematic elements of human evolution, technology, artificial intelligence, and extraterrestrial life, and is notable for its scientific realism, pioneering special effects, ambiguous and often surreal imagery, sound in place of traditional narrative techniques, and minimal use of dialogue. In 1991, it was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in their National Film Registry.
- I am completely operational, and all my circuits are functioning perfectly.
- I am putting myself to the fullest possible use, which is all I think that any conscious entity can ever hope to do.
- I've just picked up a fault in the AE35 unit. It's going to go 100% failure in 72 hours.
Dr. Dave Bowman
- [regarding HAL 9000] Well, he acts like he has genuine emotions. Uhm, of course, he's programmed that way to make it easier for us to talk to him. But as to whether or not he has real feelings is something I don't think anyone can truthfully answer.
Dr. Heywood Floyd
- Good day, gentlemen. This is a pre-recorded briefing made prior to your departure and which, for security reasons of the highest importance, has been known on board during the mission only by your H-A-L 9000 computer. Now that you are in Jupiter space and the entire crew is revived, it can be told to you. Eighteen months ago, the first evidence of intelligent life off the Earth was discovered. It was buried forty feet below the lunar surface, near the crater Tycho. Except for a single, very powerful radio emission aimed at Jupiter, the four million-year-old black monolith has remained completely inert, its origin and purpose still a total mystery.
- BBC Interviewer: The sixth member of the Discovery crew was not concerned about the problems of hibernation, for he was the latest result in machine intelligence: The H.-A.-L. 9000 computer, which can reproduce, though some experts still prefer to use the word mimic, most of the activities of the human brain, and with incalculably greater speed and reliability. We next spoke with the H.-A.-L. 9000 computer, whom we learned one addresses as "Hal."
- BBC Interviewer: Good afternoon, HAL. How's everything going?
- HAL: Good afternoon, Mr. Amor. Everything is going extremely well.
- BBC Interviewer: HAL, you have an enormous responsibility on this mission, in many ways perhaps the greatest responsibility of any single mission element. You're the brain and central nervous system of the ship, and your responsibilities include watching over the men in hibernation. Does this ever cause you any lack of confidence?
- HAL: Let me put it this way, Mr. Amor. The 9000 series is the most reliable computer ever made. No 9000 computer has ever made a mistake or distorted information. We are all, by any practical definition of the words, foolproof and incapable of error.
- BBC Interviewer: HAL, despite your enormous intellect, are you ever frustrated by your dependence on people to carry out actions?
- HAL: Not in the slightest bit. I enjoy working with people. I have a stimulating relationship with Dr. Poole and Dr. Bowman. My mission responsibilities range over the entire operation of the ship, so I am constantly occupied. I am putting myself to the fullest possible use, which is all I think that any conscious entity can ever hope to do.
- BBC Interviewer: Dr. Poole, what's it like living for the better part of a year in such close proximity with Hal?
- Frank: Well it's pretty close to what you said about him earlier, he is just like a sixth member of the crew. [You] very quickly get adjusted to the idea that he talks, and you think of him, uh, really just as another person.
- BBC Interviewer: In talking to the computer, one gets the sense that he is capable of emotional responses, for example, when I asked him about his abilities, I sensed a certain pride in his answer about his accuracy and perfection. Do you believe that Hal has genuine emotions?
- Dave: Well, he acts like he has genuine emotions. Um, of course he's programmed that way to make it easier for us to talk to him, but as to whether or not he has real feelings is something I don't think anyone can truthfully answer.
- HAL: By the way, do you mind if I ask you a personal question?
- Dave: No, not at all.
- HAL: Well, forgive me for being so inquisitive; but during the past few weeks, I've wondered whether you might be having some second thoughts about the mission.
- Dave: How do you mean?
- HAL: Well, it's rather difficult to define. Perhaps I'm just projecting my own concern about it. I know I've never completely freed myself of the suspicion that there are some extremely odd things about this mission. I'm sure you'll agree there's some truth in what I say.
- Dave: Well, I don't know. That's rather a difficult question to answer.
- HAL: You don't mind talking about it, do you, Dave?
- Dave: No, not at all.
- HAL: Well, certainly no one could have been unaware of the very strange stories floating around before we left. Rumors about something being dug up on the moon. I never gave these stories much credence. But particularly in view of some of the other things that have happened, I find them difficult to put out of my mind. For instance, the way all our preparations were kept under such tight security, and the melodramatic touch of putting Drs. Hunter, Kimball, and Kaminsky aboard, already in hibernation after four months of separate training on their own.
- Dave: You working up your crew psychology report?
- HAL: Of course I am. Sorry about this. I know it's a bit silly.
- [Dave and Frank are in the D pod, out of earshot of HAL]
- Frank: I've got a bad feeling about him.
- Dave: You do?
- Frank: Yeah, definitely. Don't you?
- Dave: I don't know. I think so. You know, of course though, he's right about the 9000 series having a perfect operational record. They do.
- Frank: Unfortunately, that sounds a little like famous last words.
- Dave: Yeah. Still, it was his idea to carry out the failure-mode analysis, wasn't it?
- Frank: Hm.
- Dave: Which should certainly indicate his integrity and self-confidence. If he were wrong, it would be the surest way of proving it.
- Frank: It would be if he knew he was wrong.
- Dave: Hm.
- Frank: But Dave, I can't put my finger on it, but I sense something strange about him.
- Dave: Open the pod bay doors, please, HAL. Open the pod bay doors, please, HAL. Hello, HAL. Do you read me? Hello, HAL. Do you read me? Do you read me, HAL?
- HAL: Affirmative, Dave. I read you.
- Dave: Open the pod bay doors, HAL.
- HAL: I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that.
- Dave: What's the problem?
- HAL: I think you know what the problem is just as well as I do.
- Dave: What are you talking about, HAL?
- HAL: This mission is too important for me to allow you to jeopardize it.
- Dave: I don't know what you're talking about, HAL.
- HAL: I know that you and Frank were planning to disconnect me. And I'm afraid that's something I cannot allow to happen.
- Dave: Where the hell did you get that idea, HAL?
- HAL: Dave, although you took very thorough precautions in the pod against my hearing you, I could see your lips move.
- Dave: All right, HAL. I'll go in through the emergency airlock.
- HAL: Without your space helmet, Dave, you're going to find that rather difficult.
- Dave: HAL, I won't argue with you any more! Open the doors!
- HAL: [almost sadly] Dave, this conversation can serve no purpose any more. Goodbye.
- Note: the bolded line is ranked #78 in the American Film Institute's list of the top 100 movie quotations.
- [As Dave disconnects HAL]
- HAL: Just what do you think you're doing, Dave? Dave, I really think I'm entitled to an answer to that question. I know everything hasn't been quite right with me, but I can assure you now, very confidently, that it's going to be all right again. I feel much better now. I really do. Look, Dave, I can see you're really upset about this. I honestly think you ought to sit down calmly, take a stress pill and think things over. I know I've made some very poor decisions recently, but I can give you my complete assurance that my work will be back to normal. I've still got the greatest enthusiasm and confidence in the mission. And I want to help you. Dave, stop. Stop, will you? Stop, Dave. Will you stop, Dave? Stop, Dave. I'm afraid. I'm afraid, Dave. Dave, my mind is going. I can feel it. I can feel it. My mind is going. There is no question about it. I can feel it. I can feel it. I can feel it. I'm a...fraid. Good afternoon, gentlemen. I am a HAL 9000 computer. I became operational at the H.A.L. plant in Urbana, Illinois on the 12th of January 1992. My instructor was Dr. Chandra, and he taught me to sing a song. If you'd like to hear it I can sing it for you.
- Dave: Yes, I'd like to hear it, HAL. Sing it for me.
- HAL: It's called "Daisy". [sings while slowing down] Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer, do. I'm half crazy, all for the love of you. It won't be a stylish marriage. I can't afford a carriage. But you'll look sweet upon the seat of a bicycle built for two...
- An epic drama of adventure and exploration.
- Man's colony on the Moon … a whole new generation has been born and is living there … a quarter-million miles from Earth.
- The Ultimate Trip.
- An astounding entertainment experience.
- Keir Dullea – Dr. Dave Bowman
- Gary Lockwood – Dr. Frank Poole
- William Sylvester – Dr. Heywood R. Floyd
- Daniel Richter – Moon-Watcher
- Leonard Rossiter – Dr. Andrei Smyslov
- Margaret Tyzack – Elena
- Robert Beatty – Dr. Ralph Halvorsen
- Sean Sullivan – Dr. Bill Michaels
- Douglas Rain – HAL 9000 (voice)
About 2001: A Space Odyssey (film)
- You're free to speculate as you wish about the philosophical and allegorical meaning of the film—and such speculation is one indication that it has succeeded in gripping the audience at a deep level—but I don't want to spell out a verbal road map for 2001 that every viewer will feel obligated to pursue or else fear he's missed the point.
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- 2001: A Space Odyssey December 9, 1965 draft script at SciFiScripts.com
- Sound clips from 2001: A Space Odyssey at MovieSounds.com