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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.
MOVIE WAS QUITE GOOD AND IT WAS THE ORIGINAL VERSION!! HOWEVER AMAZON VERSION HAS A DISC WITH NO LABEL AND THIS IS ONE THING THEY DO QUITE OFTEN AND WHICH IS MOST ANNOYING. Read morePublished 23 days ago by gubuli
Have loved this film since the first time I saw it on TV decades ago. Artful with a timeless message.Published 1 month ago by Alma1
This is one of the greatest scifi movies of all time , the movie is not filled with special effects and unreal props but it does have the vibe of a 'this can happen in our... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Gerri
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 13 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 15 months ago by Roller