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The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

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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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alien | robot | tank | escape | washington d.c. | See more »

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28 September 1951 (USA)  »

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El día que paralizaron la Tierra  »

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$1,200,000 (estimated)
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The role of Gort was played by Lock Martin, the doorman from Grauman's Chinese Theater, because he was extremely tall. However, he was unable to pick up Helen because he was so weak and had to be aided by wires (in shots from the back where he's carrying her, it's actually a lightweight dummy in his arms). He also had difficulty with the heavy Gort suit and could only stay in it for about a half-hour at a time. See more »

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A photograph shows the famous publicity still with Gort to the left of the photo and helmet-clad Klaatu to the right and slightly behind his robot, waving at the crowd. This never happened: Gort only came out after his master was shot down, therefore at this point in the movie both aliens were not seen together on the vessel for that photograph to be taken. Additionally, at the end of the movie, Klaatu is not wearing his helmet when he waves goodbye to Helen and Gort has long disappeared inside the spaceship. However, this being the 1950's, the current journalistic "truth in media" standards had not yet been adopted, so it is entirely possible (in fact, probable) that the newspapers simply took various photographs of Klaatu, the gizmo in his hand, Gort and the space ship and com posited them together to produce the image used. This was a widespread and accepted practice among newspapers at the time (most notoriously in the 1920's) and while very few respectable, mainstream newspapers resort to such photo tampering, even today tabloids like The Weekly World News still employ similar methods. See more »

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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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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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