Travelling with mind-boggling speed, a gleaming unidentified flying object zooming in from the boundless deep space, penetrates the Earth's atmosphere, landing smoothly in Cold War-Washington, D.C. Encircled by large yet feeble military forces, the peaceful intergalactic ambassador, Klaatu, emerges from the mysterious vessel accompanied by the silently dangerous robot of incomprehensible power, Gort, only to witness firsthand the earthlings' hospitality. The sophisticated humanoid declares that he comes in peace; however, he needs to assemble the world's greatest minds to hear his merciful warning and a definitive ultimatum. Is Klaatu the messenger of humanity's doom?Written by
It is possible that Klaatu Barada Nikto is in a mishmash of languages from the Indian subcontinent. In Kannada, Barada means coming. In Hindi, Nikto means nearby. Therefore, it could mean "Klaatu is coming nearby." See more »
When the spaceship (seen as a glowing white disc) is tracked across the sky in Washington, D.C., it passes a flagpole atop a building. As the ship is supposed to be in the background, the flagpole should remain in full view as the ship passes behind it, but a close look shows that the disc briefly blots out part of the pole as it passes (due to an error when the disc was optically printed onto the film). The effect makes it seem as if a tiny ship had just passed in front of the flagpole. See more »
I just saw this yesterday for the first time and boy do I feel stupid! Its not my fault though, its rarely on television, but was it worth the wait!
The plot is fairly simple and direct. Visitor from another planet has come to warn us that we are aggressive, paranoid and dangerous to ourselves and the other planets if we continue with atomic bombs. Klaatu does not care if we kill each other, but cannot tolerate what atomic bombs can do to the other planets.
Naturally he is not welcomed with open arms, but in our defense, he was not exactly invited. The most disturbing part is that this movie is more timely than ever right now. When Klaatu mentions, 'levelling New York', I got a chill.
One or two moments were slightly puzzling - why does Klaatu allow himself to be interviewed on television, when he knows he is being tracked down? Why is he being pursued at the end so vigorously when he was scheduled to address the world? And why did Patricia Neal have to be brought onto the spaceship at the end? It seems to serve no purpose.
No matter, this is still a great movie that I would be thrilled to see again. 9/10.
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