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Day the Earth Stood Still, The (1951) Movie Information

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Overall Rank:

487

Avg. Rating:

3.04/4

# of Ratings:

256

Genres:

Sci-Fi, Drama

Rating:

PG

Language:

English

Theater Date:

09/28/1951

DVD Release:

12/02/2008

Director:

Robert Wise

Actors:

Michael Rennie
Billy Gray
Patricia Neal
Hugh Marlowe
Sam Jaffe
Frances Bavier

 

 

 

 

Plot Outline:

A man from another planet, lands on earth to pretend that he is one of them. Because of the way humans act towards each other, he feels they must be destroyed unless they can be convinced otherwise.

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Snoogans 12/06/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Classic sci-fi movie, with a cool story.

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mitchellyoung 09/09/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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3/4 

The technology and sci-fi action are very dated in this film, but the moral and the interaction between the "good" alien and the people of earth are fresh and touching. I did feel as if the ending was rushed, although Klaatu's final speech is well-conceived.

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SmokeScreener 03/01/2009 (2 of 2 found this helpful)

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This is a compelling film that proves that character and story are more important than special effects. The film did contain 17 smoking incidents, earning it a SmokeScreeners rating of 4 Butts! www.smokescreeners.org

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Chris Kavan 12/19/2008 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

Rating of
4/4 

Forget the remake, this is classic sci-fi at its best. You don't need flash when you have a gripping story and memorable characters.

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  Daniel Corleone
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10/08/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

The Day the Earth Stood Still (original) review

Tom: "I don't care about the rest of the world!" An alien (Klaatu) with his mighty robot (Gort) land their spacecraft in Washington. Klaatu then befriends Bobby and Helen. Yes the effects and set may have been dated, but its themes of humanity, caring about Earth and wars were well emphasized by the exceptional script, surprisingly touching for its genre. Best quotes: Klaatu - "I'm in patient with stupidity." "I am fearful when I see people substituting fear for reasoning." and Bobby's response about no wars - "Gee, thats a good idea." Pacing was good with usage of slight humor and film noir elements. Score was delightful and performances were believable. The dialogue and screenplay was witty and insightful. Only knack this reviewer had were the conclusion and better utilization of...

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  kcvidkid
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12/16/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

The Day the Earth Stood Still (the good one)

I don't remember ever seeing the original "The Day the Earth Stood Still", but of course I had to watch it before seeing the new version. (To learn how that worked out for me, read my review of it.)

One way I can summarize it is that it may be the most exciting movie I've ever seen where nothing really happens. I mean, think about the title, then think what it means in the context of the movie. The most drastic action the visiting alien takes is to literally stop everything from working: the earth stands still. Your normal 1950s alien invasion movie this ain't.

And although it is incredibly dated, you soon look past the cheesiness and become fully invested in the story. It is very effective in creating an atmosphere that is probably quite representative of the time.

If, l...

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