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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.

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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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A robot and a man . . . hold the world spellbound with new and startling powers from another planet! See more »

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Farewell to the Master  »

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$1,200,000 (estimated)
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Michael Rennie's first American film role, and the first movie on his newly-signed contract with 20th Century Fox. See more »

Goofs

When Gort begins marching down the ship's ramp at the beginning, a shot shows the crowds running away in panic. The shot is clearly a speeded-up film of the crowd, most of whom were plainly walking away from the scene rather leisurely. Also, when the shot switches back to the retreating military men, the crowd can be seen still standing behind them, not having moved at all. See more »

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[first lines]
American Radar Operator: Holy Mackerel! Call headquarters. Get the lieutenant.
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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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Referenced in Free Enterprise (1998) See more »

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Classic Science Fiction, that stands the test of time.
6 September 2000 | by (kamloops,b.c canada) – See all my reviews

The first time i saw this movie, i was 10 yrs old. That was in 1974,it was on t.v. that night, and my father, let me stay up to watch it. Because many years earlier, he saw it at the movie theater as a teenager. He told me that The Day the Earth Stood Still, was the reason he became a sci-fi fan. Well, so did i that night! To this day despite all the fancy, special effect, movies that are out there, this movie stands above them all. The humanity in this movie is so moving, that alone makes it a classic.But much more than that,it's message still rings true today,and should never be forgotten. A masterpiece! 9.5/10.


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