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Edmund H. North (screen play)
Harry Bates (based on a story by)
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Release Date:
28 September 1951 (USA) See more »
A robot and a man . . . hold the world spellbound with new and startling powers from another planet! See more »
An alien lands and tells the people of Earth that they must live peacefully or be destroyed as a danger to other planets. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Won Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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Classic Science Fiction, that stands the test of time. See more (390 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Michael Rennie ... Klaatu

Patricia Neal ... Helen Benson

Hugh Marlowe ... Tom Stevens

Sam Jaffe ... Professor Jacob Barnhardt
Billy Gray ... Bobby Benson

Frances Bavier ... Mrs. Barley
Lock Martin ... Gort
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Patrick Aherne ... General at Pentagon (uncredited)
Walter Bacon ... Sightseer at Spaceship (uncredited)
Rama Bai ... Scientific Delegate (uncredited)
Oscar Blank ... Peddler (uncredited)
Marshall Bradford ... Chief of Staff (uncredited)
Chet Brandenburg ... Farmer (uncredited)
John Brown ... George Barley (uncredited)
John Burton ... British Radio Announcer (uncredited)
Michael Capanna ... Sentry (uncredited)

Richard Carlson ... Thomas Stevens Jr (uncredited)
Wheaton Chambers ... Mr. Bleeker (uncredited)
Spencer Chan ... Scientific Delegate (uncredited)
Jean Charney ... Mother (uncredited)
Beulah Christian ... Secretary (uncredited)
John Close ... Captain (uncredited)
Louise Colombet ... French Woman (uncredited)
James Conaty ... General at Pentagon (uncredited)
Frank Conroy ... Mr. Harley (uncredited)
Eric Corrie ... British Soldier (uncredited)
John Costello ... Cockney (uncredited)
James Craven ... Businessman (uncredited)
Marjorie Crossland ... Hilda (uncredited)
Jack Daly ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Elmer Davis ... Himself - Commentator (uncredited)
Lawrence Dobkin ... Army Physician (uncredited)
Jim Doyle ... Medical Corps Major (uncredited)
Roy Engel ... Government Man (uncredited)
Charles Evans ... Major General (uncredited)
Edith Evanson ... Mrs. Crockett (uncredited)

Franklyn Farnum ... Extra in Office Building Corridor (uncredited)
Michael Ferris ... British Soldier (uncredited)
Elizabeth Flournoy ... Emma - Jewelry Clerk (uncredited)
Grady Galloway ... American Radar Operator (uncredited)
Bill Gentry ... Sentry (uncredited)
Paul Gerrits ... Minor Role (uncredited)
James Gonzalez ... Military Officer at Pentagon Meeting (uncredited)
Glenn Hardy ... Interviewer (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Scientific Delegate (uncredited)
Harry Harvey ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Al Haskell ... Scientific Delegate (uncredited)
Gabriel Heatter ... Himself - Commentator (uncredited)
Gil Herman ... Government Agent (uncredited)
John Hiestand ... TV Announcer on Truck (uncredited)
H.V. Kaltenborn ... Himself - Commentator (uncredited)
Hassan Khayyam ... Indian Radio Announcer (uncredited)
Harry Lauter ... Platoon Leader (uncredited)
Freeman Lusk ... General Cutler (uncredited)

George Lynn ... Colonel Ryder (uncredited)
Herbert Lytton ... Brigadier General (uncredited)
Bert Madrid ... Sightseer at Spaceship (uncredited)
Mike Mahoney ... Sentry (uncredited)
Sandee Marriott ... Minor Role (uncredited)

David McMahon ... Air Force Sergeant (uncredited)
Tyler McVey ... Brady (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Military Officer at Pentagon Meeting (uncredited)

Millard Mitchell ... Voice of General (uncredited)
Ralph Montgomery ... Government Man (uncredited)
Bruce Morgan ... Government Man (uncredited)
Joseph C. Narcisse ... Scientific Delegate (uncredited)
Bill Neff ... Police Officer Behind Desk (uncredited)
Howard Negley ... Colonel (uncredited)
Dorothy Neumann ... Margaret - Secretary (uncredited)
Anton Northpole ... Scientific Delegate (uncredited)
Sammy Ogg ... Sam (uncredited)
Robert Osterloh ... Major White (uncredited)
Gayle Pace ... Captain (uncredited)
Drew Pearson ... Himself - Commentator (uncredited)
Ted Pearson ... Colonel (uncredited)
House Peters Jr. ... Military Police Captain (uncredited)

'Snub' Pollard ... Cab Driver (uncredited)
Mike Ragan ... Army Captain (uncredited)
John M. Reed ... Tank Driver (uncredited)
Bob Reeves ... Operator (uncredited)
Barry Regan ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Fay Roope ... Major General (uncredited)
Pola Russ ... Russian Woman (uncredited)
James Seay ... Government Man (uncredited)
Bernard Sell ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Charles Sherlock ... Government Man (uncredited)
Peter Similuk ... Russian Pilot (uncredited)
Bob Simpson ... Colonel (uncredited)
Bhogwan Singh ... Scientific Delegate (uncredited)
Reginald Lal Singh ... Scientific Delegate (uncredited)
Marc Snow ... Government Man (uncredited)
Olan Soule ... Mr. Krull (uncredited)
Kim Spalding ... Army Orderly (uncredited)
Murray Steckler ... Soldier (uncredited)
Harmon Stevens ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Charles Tannen ... Voice of Radio Announcer (uncredited)
Glen Walters ... Scientific Delegate (uncredited)
Harlan Warde ... Carlson (uncredited)
Gil Warren ... Government Man (uncredited)
Bill Welsh ... Radio News Caster (uncredited)

Stuart Whitman ... Sentry (uncredited)

Rush Williams ... Military Police Sergeant (uncredited)
Wilson Wood ... Government Man (uncredited)

Carleton Young ... Colonel in Jeep (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Wise 
Writing credits
Edmund H. North (screen play)

Harry Bates (based on a story by)

Produced by
Julian Blaustein .... producer
Original Music by
Bernard Herrmann 
Cinematography by
Leo Tover (director of photography)
Film Editing by
William Reynolds 
Art Direction by
Addison Hehr 
Lyle R. Wheeler  (as Lyle Wheeler)
Set Decoration by
Claude E. Carpenter (set decorations) (as Claude Carpenter)
Thomas Little (set decorations)
Costume Design by
Travilla (costumes designed by)
Clinton Sandeen (uncredited)
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Production Management
Gene Bryant .... unit manager (uncredited)
Darryl F. Zanuck .... executive in charge of production (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard Del Ruth .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Stanley Hough .... assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
Bert Leeds .... second unit director (uncredited)
Arthur Lueker .... first assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Harry M. Leonard .... sound
Arthur von Kirbach .... sound (as Arthur L. Kirbach)
Special Effects by
Melbourne A. Arnold .... robot builder (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Fred Sersen .... special photographic effects
L.B. Abbott .... effects team (uncredited)
Lyman Hallowell .... visual effects editor (uncredited)
Ray Kellogg .... effects team (uncredited)
Emil Kosa .... effects team (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Perkins Bailey .... costume designer: Klaatu
Charles Le Maire .... wardrobe director
Sam Benson .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Ed Wynigear .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Orven Schanzer .... first assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Bernard Herrmann .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Samuel Hoffman .... musician: theremin (uncredited)
Paul Shure .... musician: theremin (uncredited)
Other crew
Samuel Herrick .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Anthony Jowitt .... dialogue director (uncredited)
Steve Pritko .... stand-in: Michael Rennie (uncredited)
Clifford Sales .... double: Billy Gray (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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92 min | Germany:85 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Australia:PG (DVD rating) | Brazil:Livre | Canada:G (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Quebec) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:G (video rating) | Finland:K-12 | Ireland:G | Italy:T | Netherlands:12 | Portugal:M/12 | South Korea:12 (2004) | Spain:T | Sweden:15 | UK:U | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #15271) (original rating) | USA:TV-G (TV rating) | USA:G (re-rating) (1969) | West Germany:12 (f)

Did You Know?

As an homage to this film, George Lucas named two of the alien bounty hunters in his Star Wars trilogy "Klaatu" and "Barada Nikto".See more »
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: 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 »
[first lines]
American Radar Operator:Holy Mackerel! Call headquarters. Get the lieutenant.
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Featured in 100 Years of Horror: Aliens (1996) (V)See more »


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158 out of 189 people found the following review useful.
Classic Science Fiction, that stands the test of time., 6 September 2000
Author: g-man24/7 ( from kamloops, b.c canada

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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Klaatu Barada Nikto trainspotted15
Nice jab at the mainstream media... romar289
This movie is still one of the ten best Sci-fi films of all time etiennestories
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What would the baby look like if they slept together tperkin52
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