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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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From Out Of Space... A Warning And An Ultimatum See more »

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El día que paralizaron la Tierra  »

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$1,200,000 (estimated)
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In the opening title montage of astro-photographs representing Klaatu's trip to Earth, the last object seen before Earth and Moon come into view is the Eagle Nebula, Messier 16 in the constellation Serpens, and is centered on "The Pillars of Creation", an object that was later captured by the Hubble Space Telescope in an iconic image that became synonymous with the resolving power of this telescope. See more »

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As Klaatu is descending the ramp from the spaceship, and makes it onto the grass, he reaches for the metallic device that could help mankind understand the other planets, and people. Once Klaatu clicks the device open, he's immediately shot and the device flies out of his hand as he collapses onto the ground. Although it looks as if the shot hits Klatuu's hand and device, the actual wound appears near his shoulder. 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 Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (2004) See more »

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One of the ten best Sci-Fi movies of all time!
6 December 2004 | by (Edmonton Alberta) – See all my reviews

This was one of the first sci-fi movies I ever saw and one by which I gage all others. Before there was 'Star Wars' there was 'The Day The Earth Stood Still'. It brought together all that later sci-fi movies strive for. A solid story, believable characters and, for the day, great special FX. It was an examination of society at the time and the racial prejudice that permeated all levels of life. It studies mans fear of the unknown and the violent reaction it produces even today, and how the love of one person can change the course of events for the better. It's a movie that can still stand on its own even by today's standards and should never be remade.

But that's just my opinion.


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