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The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

Approved | | Drama, Sci-Fi | 1951 (UK)
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An alien lands and tells the people of Earth that they must live peacefully or be destroyed as a danger to other planets.



(screen play), (based on a story by)
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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »



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An alien (Klaatu) with his mighty robot (Gort) land their spacecraft on Cold War-era Earth just after the end of World War II. They bring an important message to the planet that Klaatu wishes to tell to representatives of all nations. However, communication turns out to be difficult, so, after learning something about the natives, Klaatu decides on an alternative approach. Written by Bruce Janson <bruce@cs.su.oz.au>

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Strange Power From Another Planet Menaces The Earth! See more »


Drama | Sci-Fi


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Release Date:

1951 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

El día que paralizaron la Tierra  »

Box Office


$1,200,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the original story, "Farewell to the Master", the robot's name was Gnut, not Gort. See more »


After Klaatu is shot, blood is seen on his shoulder. But when he's actually shot, not only is there no sign of his being hit in the shoulder, the device he's carrying is blasted out of his hand, and his physical reactions clearly are those of someone just shot in the hand or wrist. Not to mention the device is found shot apart, damage that could not have happened to it just from falling onto the grass, and had Klaatu been hit in the shoulder. See more »


[first lines]
American Radar Operator: Holy Mackerel! Call headquarters. Get the lieutenant.
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Crazy Credits

Elmer Davis, H.V. Kaltenborn, and Drew Pearson identify themselves when they appear on screen. Radio personality Gabriel Heatter is identified by an announcer. See more »


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My FIRST sci-fi movie!
5 March 2003 | by (Republic of Texas) – See all my reviews

When I first saw this movie (on television circa 1957)I was just a young child four years of age. I remember sitting on my father's lap and watched the whole thing through my fingers as I held my hands over my eyes for protection (yeah...right!). Gort and Klaatu were magnificent space travelers...and with a message of peace during a time that the Soviets and U.S. were deep into the 'cold war'. Very timely! Very scary! It spooked me then and I still get a chill watching the movie today. But, it's one of the classics that will live on forever! It's message is as meaningful today as it was back in the 50's. Maybe we should all watch it again and take notes.........

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