G | | Adventure, Sci-Fi
Humanity finds a mysterious, obviously artificial object buried beneath the Lunar surface and, with the intelligent computer H.A.L. 9000, sets off on a quest.
Incrementing each letter of "HAL" gives you "IBM". Writer Arthur C. Clarke claimed this was unintentional, and if he had noticed ahead of time, he would have changed it. HAL stands for Heuristic Algorithmic Computer. IBM product placements appear in the movie as ... ...
Here you are, sir, main level please.
During the BBC interview the interviewer notes that the delays due to the distance of the Discovery from the Earth have been edited out. However, during the interview the astronauts do not move much, something that would be unlikely if they had to wait seven minutes between each question and answer.
The original theatrical release had Ligeti's Atmospheres to a black screen for roughly 8 to 10 minutes before the movie began, and Strauss' The Blue Danube well after the end credits to a black screen.
£69,567 (UK) (30 November 2014)
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