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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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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The world faced with destruction by strange "men" and demonic machines from a distant planet! (Ad cut). 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 addition the the two Gort costumes worn by Lock Martin, a fiberglass statue of the robot was also made. This was used during the close-ups on Gort when he was firing his energy beam weapon and in scenes when he was not required to move. See more »


As the spaceship races across the world, scenes of successive radio announcers (or people listening to them) are shown, apparently in order of their broadcasts. When the BBC announcer in England is shown delivering his broadcast, the clock behind him reads 8:33 (p.m.). The next shot shows radio commentator H.V. Kaltenborn doing his broadcast from Washington, D.C. The clock behind him reads 3:24. Since Washington is five hours behind London, and assuming the broadcasts were indeed shown in order, Kaltenborn's clock should have read no earlier than 3:33, and probably a minute or more later than that. 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 »


Referenced in Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964) See more »

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Beam me up
24 January 2003 | by See all my reviews

I just saw this yesterday for the first time and boy do I feel stupid! Its not my fault though, its rarely on television, but was it worth the wait!

The plot is fairly simple and direct. Visitor from another planet has come to warn us that we are aggressive, paranoid and dangerous to ourselves and the other planets if we continue with atomic bombs. Klaatu does not care if we kill each other, but cannot tolerate what atomic bombs can do to the other planets.

Naturally he is not welcomed with open arms, but in our defense, he was not exactly invited. The most disturbing part is that this movie is more timely than ever right now. When Klaatu mentions, 'levelling New York', I got a chill.

One or two moments were slightly puzzling - why does Klaatu allow himself to be interviewed on television, when he knows he is being tracked down? Why is he being pursued at the end so vigorously when he was scheduled to address the world? And why did Patricia Neal have to be brought onto the spaceship at the end? It seems to serve no purpose.

No matter, this is still a great movie that I would be thrilled to see again. 9/10.

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