Overall Rank: 555
Average Rating: 3/4
# of Ratings: 262
Theatrical Release Date: 09/28/1951
Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: 12/02/2008
Genre: Sci-Fi, Drama
MPAA Rating: PG
Director: Robert Wise
Actors: Michael Rennie, Billy Gray, Patricia Neal, Hugh Marlowe, Sam Jaffe, Frances Bavier
Plot: 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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Logan D. McCoy - wrote on 06/06/2019
A powerful message in a science fiction movie well ahead of its time.
mitchellyoung - wrote on 09/09/2011
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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Daniel Corleone - wrote on 10/08/2012
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 …
kcvidkid - wrote on 12/16/2008
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.
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