The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951)

1951 • 92 minutes
4.3
68 reviews
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The Day The Earth Stood Still depicts the arrival of an alien dignitary, Klaatu (Michael Rennie), who has come to earth with his deadly robot, Gort (Lock Martin), to deliver the message that earthlings must stop warring among themselves--or else. After being shot at by military guards, Klaatu is brought to a Washington, D.C. hospital, where he begs a sympathetic but frank Major White (Robert Osterloh) to gather all the world's leaders so he can tell them more specifically what he has come to warn them about. Losing patience, Klaatu slips into the human world, adapting a false identity and living at a boarding house where he meets a smart woman with a conscience and her inquisitive son. Both mother and son soon find themselves embroiled in the complex mystery of Klaatu, his message and the government's witch hunt for the alien. Seen by many as a political, religious and humanitarian effort, the film is based on Harry Bates' story, "Farewell to the Master."

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4.3
68 reviews
Adrian Rosenlund-Hudson
March 16, 2019
A classic. As usual "remade for a new generation to enjoy", as plagiarism is called these days. No CGI 'epic', without swearing, or "gritty realism", so probably uninteresting to the new generation.
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bosse holmgren
April 28, 2019
Keanu revees! dont ever do a movie like that again please! Keanu is a verry god player.one of the best of his generation! but this movie, made when all of the world was in cold war with russia,is one of the best i have seen! not for it`s story.but for hove the amatur actors seem to react so natruly in the movie! and the political theme in the movie is wherry pressent in this story of how wee treat other aliens from the other side of the world!
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Alvin Ian Benipayo
September 27, 2017
One of the best science fiction films of the 20th century. Way better than the remake!
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