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The Day the Earth Stopped (2008)

Hundreds of massive intergalactic robots appear in all of the world's major capitals with an ultimatum: Prove the value of human civilization or be destroyed.


C. Thomas Howell


Darren Dalton (screenplay), Carey Van Dyke (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
C. Thomas Howell ... Josh Myron
Judd Nelson ... Charlie
Darren Dalton ... Prewitt
Sinead McCafferty Sinead McCafferty ... Sky
Bug Hall ... Man
Cameron Bender ... Sam
Jonathan Sanders Jonathan Sanders ... Aide
Lew Knopp ... Davis
Reiko Kaneshiro Reiko Kaneshiro ... Lisa
Jason Ellefson Jason Ellefson ... Dr. Shankman
Graham Denman Graham Denman ... Urchin
Scotty Carlisle Scotty Carlisle ... Guard
Prince Pheenix Wade Prince Pheenix Wade ... Guard
Theron Cook ... Guard (as Theron Cook II)
Jose Prendes Jose Prendes ... Guard


Hundreds of massive intergalactic robots appear in all of the world's major capitals with an ultimatum: Prove the value of human civilization or be destroyed.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


By night they will come, by day we will be gone.


Action | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some nudity | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


"The Day the Earth Stopped" appears to be an homage to "The Day the Earth Stood Still". The two films parallel each other not only in title but in basic story, with the mecha-like Monoliths taking the place of Gort. See more »


When the car carrying the pregnant woman is being tailed by a car only a few feet behind them, they hide in a garage and as the shutters are being lowered the trailing car passes by, duhh did they not see the car drive into the garage. See more »


Sky: Your world is in trouble Joshua. We have watched from a great distance, and observed that you have become a danger. Your weaponry is too advanced. You have endangered your own planet. And have become too big of a threat to others in the future. The end is here. But your world can be saved. It can save itself. If you can show me that there is value in human life, the destruction can be stopped. Prove this to me, and there will be a tomorrow.
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User Reviews

How bad can a bad movie be?
12 December 2008 | by kilkulSee all my reviews

I've seen some bad movies in my days. I'm also quite a big sci-fi fan, so my tolerance level was high enough. But this is one of those movies I really DISCOURAGE people to watch. The performances are lame, the storyline is ancient history, the sets are lame, and, except SOME computer graphics, the movie is just pure crap. Everything is big and shiny (the cars, the actors), but I can't shake the feeling of a high-school medium-grade film project. Why do directors, producers, etc., feel the need to create such junk? I would REALLY love to see less (if any) such "movies"... Just donate the money to less fortunate children or throw a party or something, but stop wasting people lives and nerves!

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Release Date:

9 December 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A nap, amikor a Föld megállt See more »

Filming Locations:

Compton, California, USA See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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