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'2001: A Space Odyssey' Is Still the '­ltimate Trip'

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Actor Keir Dullea, 2001 . . .

The film 2001: A Space Odyssey, which is being re-released this year for its 50th anniversary, baffled film critics when it first came out but now tops their lists of the most important movies of all time.

Credit: Dmitri Kessel/The LIFE Picture Collection, via Getty Images

In the spring of 1964 the filmmaker Stanley Kubrick was very worried. NASA was about to fly the Mariner 4 space probe past Mars.

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