2001 turns 50.

2001: A Space Odyssey premiered fifty years ago today.

Did you know? Following the premiere, Stanley Kubrick cut several minutes from the film. These discard scenes include:

2001 A Space Odyssey

• additional footage of the Dawn of Man sequence
• extended shots of Bowman’s space walk
• scene of HAL playing chess against himself
• scene of Poole watching Muscle Beach Party in its entirety
• extended shot of “old Bowman” yelling “I like soup! I love soup! Soup! Soup! Soup! Let’s have soup!”
• comedy routine with Heywood Floyd meeting Lou Costello, who has trouble understanding Floyd’s first name
• the infamous “space ducks” action sequence
• musical number featuring tuxedo-clad ape men tap dancing to “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas”
• cliffhanger ending introducing HAL’s evil twin KIP
• line of dialogue clearly explaining the film’s meaning
• pie fight


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