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The Day the Earth Stood Still -- Watch the trailer for the sci-fi classic The Day the Earth Stood Still.
The Day the Earth Stood Still -- Doctors discuss the mystery of the extremely health alien as they light up cigarettes.
The Day the Earth Stood Still -- Klaatu knows if he is killed, Gort will destroy the world so he tells Helen the words that will keep that from happening.
The Day the Earth Stood Still -- After a soldier shoots Klaatu, the giant robot Gort appears and attacks, turning tanks to slag with a strange ray.
The Day the Earth Stood Still -- A strange craft lands in Washington DC and a visitor steps out and offers peace and good will.

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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 1 win & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Interesting In Itself & As A Reflection of Its Era See more (373 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)
Oscar Blanke ... Peddler (uncredited)
Marshall Bradford ... Chief of Staff (uncredited)
John Brown ... George Barley (uncredited)
John Burton ... British Radio Announcer (uncredited)
Michael Capanna ... Sentry (uncredited)
Wheaton Chambers ... Mr. Bleeker (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)
Glenn Hardy ... Interviewer (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Scientific Delegate (uncredited)
Harry Harvey ... Taxi Driver (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)
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)
Bill Neff ... Police Officer Behind Desk (uncredited)
Howard Negley ... Colonel (uncredited)
Dorothy Neumann ... Margaret - Secretary (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)
Barry Regan ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Fay Roope ... Major General (uncredited)
Pola Russ ... Russian Woman (uncredited)
James Seay ... Government Man (uncredited)
Charles Sherlock ... Government Man (uncredited)
Peter Similuk ... Russian Pilot (uncredited)
Bob Simpson ... Colonel (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)
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)
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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:
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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:
In line with the film's Christian allegory, Klaatu adopts the name "Carpenter" when hiding out from the authorities. Robert Wise hadn't considered the Christian implications until it was pointed out to him several years later.See more »
Goofs:
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: In the boarding house scene, Drew Pearson states that the only means of identifying Klaatu are the photographs taken outside the spaceship, in which his head is covered by a helmet. However, Klaatu had also spent three days at Walter Reed Hospital, and any of his caregivers could have provided authorities with a detailed physical description.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
American Radar Operator:Holy Mackerel! Call headquarters. Get the lieutenant.
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45 out of 51 people found the following review useful.
Interesting In Itself & As A Reflection of Its Era, 15 September 2004
Author: Snow Leopard from Ohio

Interesting both in itself and as a reflection of its era, "The Day the Earth Stood Still" may seem unspectacular now to those who are used to the extravagant science fiction pictures of the present time, but it deserves its place as a cinema classic. The story is worthwhile in itself, and as soon as you set aside any preconceptions about what science fiction should involve, it also builds up some pretty good drama and suspense. Its perspective is also interesting to see as a reflection of the concerns of its era, which have such obvious similarities with those of the present.

The story itself sometimes moves rather slowly, and the focus is really more on the reactions to Klaatu's arrival than on the action itself. As Klaatu, Michael Rennie stays pretty low-key, as does the rest of the cast much of the time. Although there are times when the movie might lack some energy as a result, in general it probably works better that way than it would have if there were too much forced emphasis on the urgency of Klaatu's mission, which is more than able to speak for itself. The ideas behind the story are fairly simple, but they are, of course, just as significant now (or in practically any other era) as they were in the 1950's.

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