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The Day the Earth Stood Still -- An alien emissary gives a dramatic demonstration of power when he attempts to warn mankind about the folly of atomic experimentation.
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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 »
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One of the ten best Sci-Fi movies of all time! See more (387 total) »


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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 (MPAA rating: certificate #15271) (original rating) | USA:TV-G (TV rating) | USA:G (re-rating) (1969) | West Germany:12 (f)

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According to the shooting script on the DVD special features, significant dialog between Klaatu and Helen Benson was cut. In the script it is made clear that they have developed warm feelings for each other and have a bond that is closer than the friendship they have in the final cut of the movie, although it remains unfulfilled. When Klaatu tells her that he and Gort will be leaving soon, she tells him how much she and Bobby will miss him. The thought of leaving her and Bobby behind is equally difficult for Klaatu.See more »
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Continuity: Bobby's room is clearly shown to be at the top of the staircase, and Helen's room is down the hall. However, in the shot where Helen is seen getting her coat from her room to go out with Tom to the movies, the top of the staircase can be clearly seen just outside of her door when it should be down the hall and much farther away from her room.See more »
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American Radar Operator:Holy Mackerel! Call headquarters. Get the lieutenant.
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132 out of 163 people found the following review useful.
One of the ten best Sci-Fi movies of all time!, 6 December 2004
Author: mlcushing from Edmonton Alberta

This was one of the first sci-fi movies I ever saw and one by which I gage all others. Before there was 'Star Wars' there was 'The Day The Earth Stood Still'. It brought together all that later sci-fi movies strive for. A solid story, believable characters and, for the day, great special FX. It was an examination of society at the time and the racial prejudice that permeated all levels of life. It studies mans fear of the unknown and the violent reaction it produces even today, and how the love of one person can change the course of events for the better. It's a movie that can still stand on its own even by today's standards and should never be remade.

But that's just my opinion.

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