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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.
A hallmark of the science fiction genre as well as a wry commentary on the political climate of the 1950s, The Day the Earth Stood Still is a sci-fi movie less concerned with special effects than with a social parable. A spacecraft lands in Washington, D.C., carrying a humanoid messenger from another world (Michael Rennie) imparting a warning to the people of Earth to cease their violent behavior. But panic ensues as the messenger lands and is shot by a nervous soldier. His large robot companion destroys the Capitol as the messenger escapes the confines of the hospital. He moves in with a family as a boarder and blends into society to observe the full range of the human experience. Director Robert Wise (West Side Story) not only provides one of the most recognizable icons of the science fiction world in his depiction of the massive robot loyal to his master, but he avoids the obvious camp elements of the story to create a quiet and observant story highlighting both the good and the bad in human nature. --Robert Lane --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Robert Wise made his indelible mark and catapulted himself to the front of the Star Trek Motion Picture line with this classic. Remarkably intelligent. Read morePublished 10 months ago by S.H.
This is a strong Science Fiction drama that was produced in the 1950s. The drama of this film stands up quite well, even though Special Effects have progressed a lot since the film... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Roller
Even after 60+ years I still love this film. Although Michael Rennie and Patricia Neal are no longer with us, the moral of the film is still quite valuable. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Mark Feuer
THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL  [Limited Edition SteelBook] [Blu-ray] [UK Release] From Out of Space . . . A Warning and An Ultimatum! Read morePublished 19 months ago by Andrew C. Miller
My customer was very happy with the DVD. It arrived before it was actually scheduled to do so, so that was a bonus.Published on July 26 2013 by Geoff Tagg
For me, it's really a classic. A very good story and very interesting all movie lenght. The special effect and style show that this is an old movie, but still one of movie I really... Read morePublished on June 22 2013 by marcandre