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The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller  |  12 December 2008 (USA)
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A remake of the 1951 classic sci-fi film about an alien visitor and his giant robot counterpart who visit Earth.



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Dr. Helen Benson is summoned to a military facility with several other scientists when an alien spacecraft of sorts arrives in New York City. Aboard is a human-like alien and a giant robot of immense size and power. The alien identifies himself as Klaatu and says he has come to save the Earth. The US military and political authorities see him as a threat however and decide to use so-called intensive interrogation techniques on him but Dr. Benson decides to facilitate his escape. When she learns exactly what he means when he says he is there to save the Earth, she tries to convince him to change his intentions. Written by garykmcd

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12.12.08 is the Day the Earth Stood Still


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sci-fi disaster images and violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

12 December 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

D.T.E.S.S.  »

Box Office


$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£2,752,132 (UK) (12 December 2008)


$79,363,785 (USA) (27 March 2009)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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According to the filmmakers, John Cleese was the most difficult choice in casting as he was primarily noted for comic roles. Cleese felt that at his age, a dramatic role with subtle humour would be an easier role to play rather than another manic old man. See more »


(at around 1h 08 mins) When the television speaker announces the latest news that there was riots in "London, Chicago, and many cities in China", on the screen you can see some vandals breaking stores, police on horses, and the third video is not from listed cities, but from Belgrade (Serbia). They used a historical event which occurred on 5th October 2000, when 500,000 demonstrators set the Parliament building on fire. On that day, Slobodan Milosevic was overthrown from power. See more »


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User Reviews

Keanu as Klaatu and other comical touches
13 December 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Laughter makes the almost two hours not a total loss. But I don't think, somehow, that "The Day The Earth Stood Still" was meant as a comedy. They must have realize however, that having John Cleese as the scientist was bound to provoke some giggles. Keanu Reeves is priceless as the wooden, expressionless alien. A great, unintentional, comic creation. Kathy Bates, in pantsuits if you please, plays the American Secretary of Defense and the whole thing doesn't have a single ingredient of the elements that made the Robert Wise original one of the classics of its genre. The visual tricks are good but repetitive and rather confusing. I must admit I wasn't bored I was just puzzled.

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