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The Day the Earth Stopped (2008)

The Day the Earth Stopped is a video starring C. Thomas Howell, Judd Nelson, and Darren Dalton. 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.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Josh Myron
... Charlie
Darren Dalton ... Prewitt
Sinead McCafferty ... Sky
... Man
... Sam
Jonathan Sanders ... Aide
... Davis
Reiko Kaneshiro ... Lisa
Jason Ellefson ... Dr. Shankman
Graham Denman ... Urchin
Scotty Carlisle ... Guard
Prince Pheenix Wade ... Guard
... Guard (as Theron Cook II)
... 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.

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


Action | Sci-Fi

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Rated R for some nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

9 December 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A nap, amikor a Föld megállt  »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Thunder McQuaid plays a character named Lt. Tuck Pendelton. In Innerspace (1987), Dennis Quaid played Lt. Tuck Pendleton. See more »


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[last lines]
Josh Myron: A short time on the other side taught me that we need to live in harmony. Not just with ourselves, but with the entire universe. They returned to their planet, leaving us here to pick up the pieces. Our families would be reunited, our cities rebuilt. Somehow, every night my eyes search the stars wondering where she might be among them. We had learned the value of peace. And just as the memory of her face would fade, so would the warning that she had brought with her. Our world once ...
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(feat. Femke Weidema) (uncredited)
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Better than expected
10 June 2009 | by See all my reviews

I believe one of the reasons why so-called "A" movies have in general better ratings than "B" movies is the marketing campaign that helps to brain wash with delicious trailers the audience long before they even get to see the movie. "The Day the Earth Stood Still" was no exemption, but after all the movie was not really that good, was it?

Now "The Day the Earth Stopped" is IMHO much better than what you would expect from a "B" movie. Maybe the overall acting isn't that brilliant but you still develop an emotional connection with C. Thomas Howell and classic beautiful actress Sinead McCafferty. She reminds somewhat on Sophia Loren, or Brigitte Bardot but is still herself. How can one criticize on too much make-up? Cleopatra in Ancient Egypt or the Ladies in the 50ties utilized generous make-up as well. I did not think for a second about too much make-up. And, the role requires to portrait a mysterious perfect being from a different planet!! Sinead McCafferty knows how to act without saying too much, and it comes naturally, convincing, what else could you possibly want?

Also, I strongly disagree with the critique on bad film music. The score may not be perfect in all scenes, however, the composer produced several beautiful tunes that make me reach out for the soundtrack.

Cheers, TC

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