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
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Harry Bates was paid a mere $500 by 20th Century-Fox for the rights to his short story "Farewell to the Master". See more »
At the beginning, H.V. Kaltenborn mentions the 'beautiful spring weather' in the Nation's capital, but we find out later that it is July (Klaatu sees a dry cleaner's receipt on his suit dated 7-18-1951). In spite of the spring and summer references, when Klaatu and Billy walk around Washington, many of the trees are still bare as they had yet to regain their leaves. (Filming had started early in the year.) See more »
A Peaceful Message in One of the Brightest Science-Fiction Movies
A flying saucer lands in Washington, and a man, Klaatu (Michael Rennie), brings the preoccupation of other planets with the use of atomic energy and development of spacecraft by people on Earth planet. Further, he brings a message and also a threaten against the danger Earth could cause to other planets: the planet could be destroyed if the people does not live in peace. Any menace to other planets would cause the destruction of the entire planet.
This classic is one of the best science-fiction movies I have ever seen. The story is very simple, but the message is wonderful. When this film was made, World War II had finished six years ago only, there was the Cold War and the paranoia of the Americans at that time was against the communists. The special effects are excellent for a 1951 movie. In Brazil, this classic movie was not released on VHS or DVD. It is a shame! I have a VHS, having a version dubbed in Portuguese, full of commercial and with a terrible quality of image that I recorded from TV many years ago. Yesterday I watched this video again, and it is really an outstanding movie. My vote is ten.
Title (Brazil): 'O Dia Em Que a Terra Parou' ('The Day Which the Earth Stopped')
Obs: 01 March 2006 - Fox do Brasil finally released this DVD in 2005. After so many years, I was able to see one of my favorite sci-fi in the original language and restored image.
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