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.
Most of the effects shots were made during ten- to 12-hour workdays, with some takes lasting hours. Although the crew was large, the only sound audible in the studio during each take was the sound of the Panavision camera's motors and the sound of ... ...
Here you are, sir, main level please.
The quadrupeds shown coexisting peacefully with the apes in the early scenes are tapirs, Tapirus bairdii. They live in tropical forests in Central America and northwest South America. You'd never see them in Africa (outside of a zoo), nor in the very dry habitat shown in the film. But tapirs that are accustomed to humans can be quite docile (though obstinate), and they look exotic to most viewers, so they were a reasonable choice for the film.
In the 2001 UK cinema re-release, the music carries on for 10-15 minutes after the end of the credits.
£69,567 (UK) (30 November 2014)
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