G | | Adventure, Sci-Fi
After discovering a mysterious artifact buried beneath the Lunar surface, mankind sets off on a quest to find its origins with help from intelligent supercomputer H.A.L. 9000.
The animal used in the "Dawn of Man" sequence, the one that looks like a black pig with a trunk, is a tapir.
Just what do you think you're doing, Dave?
In many scenes on-board spacecraft, red lit buttons (sometimes blinking) are used for what appears to be routine status displays. Since before the 1960s, Yellow and Red have been reserved for Caution and Warning condition/ranges respectively. Status and Information lights are White and Cyan respectively.
No opening credits for actors, writers, producer, director, etc. are shown, with the story beginning right after the title. Although by the 1990s it had become quite common for major films to not have opening credits, it was still unusual in 1968.
The original theatrical release had György Ligeti's "Atmospheres" set to a black screen for roughly 8 to 10 minutes before the movie began, and Johann Strauss's "The Blue Danube" long after the end credits set to a black screen. This overture and exit music survived the premiere edits mentioned above. For a long while, revivals and all television and cable broadcasts would cut both, starting directly at the beginning of the credits and ending immediately after the end credits, but current revivals in such places as the Film Forum in New York City and cable channels such as the Sundance Channel, Bravo, the Independent Channel, and PBS have been restoring the pre- and post-movie music.
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