I remember seeing 2001: A Space Odyssey when it first came out. I believe it was at the Cheltenham Theater in the Gimbels shopping center. I was 18 years old and can remember how thought provoking the movie was. My friends and my future wife would discuss the film in ethereal terms, trying to make sense of it, as young adults are wont to do. Of course, I had no idea what it meant...and I still have no idea what it means. Gimbels is gone, as is the old RKO Cheltenham Theater, and that wife is history too!
The cast was good, although I didn't really know any of the actors at the time. A look at some of the minor roles 42 years later is interesting. Douglas Rein was the voice of HAL 9000, the computer on the space ship. He was also the voice of HAL in 2010, which was made in 1984. Now it's 2010...I wonder what else they have in mind? Their predictions are falling behind.
Glenn Beck was another astronaut in 2001. He was born in 1935 and started in films in 1960. In 23 roles in movies and on TV he has some good ones. He was in Dr. Strangelove in 1964 and The Bedford Incident in 1965. His last USA release was in 2007, National Treasure: Book of Secrets. He is in a 2009 movie called Hit the Big Time that was filmed in Las Vegas, but only released in the UK.
Is 2001: A Space Odyssey a classic film? I guess it is, if you can figure it out.