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Director:
Writers:
Edmund H. North (screen play)
Harry Bates (based on a story by)
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Release Date:
28 September 1951 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A robot and a man . . . hold the world spellbound with new and startling powers from another planet! See more »
Plot:
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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Awards:
Won Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
One of the best sci-fi movies ever! See more (379 total) »

Cast

  (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)
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 (film editor)
 
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)
 
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Runtime:
92 min | Germany:85 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
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 (PCA #15271) (original rating) | USA:TV-G (TV rating) | USA:G (re-rating) (1969) | West Germany:12 (f)

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Trivia:
All of the scenes of Helen Benson and Klaatu in the taxi also feature footage from the second unit of Washington, DC as we see background vehicles in the rear and side windows of the taxi.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): A colonel orders his troops to block off all streets intersecting Connecticut Avenue "along a line from Wisconsin to the park." Connecticut Avenue and Wisconsin Avenue do not intersect.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
American Radar Operator:Holy Mackerel! Call headquarters. Get the lieutenant.
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58 out of 63 people found the following review useful.
One of the best sci-fi movies ever!, 12 November 2008
Author: Kristine (kristinedrama14@msn.com) from Chicago, Illinois

I remember several years ago in my film appreciation class, we were learning about the 50's, our professor had mentioned how many sci-fi films were made with Russian villain undertones as well as the cold war. We watched some of The Day the Earth Stood Still and this film just jumped at me, it was so different than any other film I had seen. I thought it was going to be so cheesy and lame since it was a 50's film, but after watching a little bit of it, I didn't realize the strong message it held. I remember in Terminator 2 there was a line that I still hold true to this day "It's in your nature to destroy yourselves", that maybe it's not all technology that will destroy us, but we are our own worst enemies. The Day the Earth Stood was before The Terminator, just like Metropolis was before this film, but these are the best stories and it's like watching a history lesson on film about the time and feel of the 50's.

An alien spaceship has landed in Washington, D.C., but it's not what you think with the "take us to your leader" type of thing, rather a human like alien comes out offering input on what is going on in the universe, but he is immediately attacked by the humans and taken hostage. His name is Klaatu, he tries to explain several times that he's not here to hurt anyone, but the humans don't trust him. He escapes and goes to a family, since no one knows what he looks like, they think that he's a regular man who just needs a place to stay. He stays with a family and they show him around, they think he's a little strange but very polite and nice, but when they learn of his true identity, he tells them of what his intentions are to mearly warn Planet Earth of it's impending doom.

The Day the Earth Stood Still is a true classic, I know there are a lot of young people who complain about the ending, how it's so anti-climatic, but I feel that it's a perfect film and I am so ticked off that it's being re-made. But I guess we will have to see what the film will be like, who knows? It might be good... yeah, right, sorry, was just trying to be nice. But I highly recommend you watch this movie, it's a true classic that has a strong message, has great actors, and fun effects. It's fun to watch these films, I wonder if they realized while making this film back in 1951 that they were acting out their own culture and history.

10/10

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