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The Day The Earth Stood Still
- Michael Whitty
In the 50s Hollywood did several space and alien stories maybe inspired by the Roswell story in New Mexico and some worked well but others didn't. "The Day The Earth Stood Still" did work well as it brings down on Washington D.C. a UFO with an alien and a robot. This Robert Wise film in black-and-white made a good impact with some stunning character interplay with interest mostly on message than effects. "If the world can't live together than it may die together" says the alien from space. Patricia Neal and her son got to know the alien who made things inoperable around the world for some time but leaves peacefully. Space films of the 50s had their way of sending a message.
Still Love This Movie
At age 71, I still appreciate this wonderful movie that completely entranced me when I first saw it as a child in the 1950's. I almost believed Michael Rennie REALLY WAS Klaatu...for me, this movie was the first time I really understood that we on Earth have the power to destroy ourselves now, in the age of atomic energy, and there are meaningful choices for us all to make. Five stars all the way.
one of the best
- mona baugh
I have always loved this movie. It proves you can make a great si-fi movie without gore. I encourage everyone to watch it. One of the best!
The Day The Earth Stood Still
Personally, I think The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street (Twilight Zone) is closer to the truth. Visitors from other worlds, would only have to take a look, at what We have done to this planet and ourselves, then sit back and Wait. Tragically, We are our own worst enemies. In the brilliant series After Man, there is hope for the planet, as nature takes over and with time repairs the serious damage, We have done. Im not saying this is a bad film, its Great. For one thing it gives us in 2016 a good look at what the world looked like (Washington D.C.) back in the early 1950s. Brainwashed thinking. Men wore drab suits and ties, Every Were they went, and fedora Biltmore style hats. A man wouldn't Dare go to work or even casually downtown with out his sports jacket and tie. Same unwritten law applied to the ladies fashions. And the cars and trucks, unbelievable pollution. But, at that time, you Dared not say anything negative about the System or you were labeled a trouble maker or worse maybe a commie, as is suggested in the film. This film gives a great insight into the attitudes of the average persons sitting around watching T.V. commenting about whats happening in the world around them, being Very Careful, as to what they say, lest they be labeled. A great film.
An All-Time Greet!
This movie is one of the all-time greats of any genre. The ending in particular has always fascinated me... When Klaatu warns the Earth that to continue our present course will mean being reduced to a "burned-out cinder," did he mean by their hand... or our own? For a movie with an alien as its central character, the underlying theme to the entire picture is about humanity and what truly comprises 'civilization.' Yes, the effects are a bit dated, but this wonderful picture will haunt you long after you've seen it! A classic in every sense of the word. Thank you, TCM for bringing it back!
Message from Space(1951)
Compelling story of interplanetary visitor with a notification that Earths philosophical differences could cause their extinction. With nuclear arms at the forefront of the news of the day and the alarming increase in the stock piling of atomic weapons , Klaatu is sent to Earth with a message of mutual cooperation, but he is attacked and delayed in delivering this notification. He escapes the hospital and befriends Helen(Patricia Neal) and Bobby Benson(Billy Gray) , all give exceptional performances. He also contacts Professor Barnhardt (Sam Jaffe) in order to set up a conference of countries. Fantastic music score (Bernard Hermann) enables the eeriness of the film with B & W photography underscoring the starkness of the dark reality of the possible future. Expertly directed by Robert Wise this film stands the test of time. Run time 89 or 92 min. 5 stars out of 5. B & W. Klaatu barrada nikto...Never enough...
Klaatu nikto barrada
Famous words from Michael Rennie to Patricia O'Neal in the elevator. A message she must deliver to Gort, the robot policeman waiting back at the space ship. And she'd better remember because Gort was capable of destroying the entire earth. Michael Rennie was born to play the role of the alien from another planet come to earth to warn us about the proliferation of nuclear weapons. Creepy in all the right ways, but not in the horror genre as TCM categorizes. More suspense and social commentary of the the time. The question of man and his destructive weapons still lingers. This alien visitor came in peace, which makes the stupid remake of this film with Keanu Reeves a travesty. He came to warn against violence, not to perpetrate it. Sadly, I don't think Rennie was ever quite as remarkable as he is here. And Gort is still a scary robot all these years later. Klaatu nikto barrada.
- John J Behrendt
I had the colorized version of "The Day The Earth Stood Still" on a beta tape in the 80s. I recorded it off of TV (don't know what channel). I've been searching for that version since then, and can't find it.If anyone can help, please contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org. I know it's out there somewhere. Thanks
Love The Day the Earth Stood Still
- Classic Movie Fan
As children, my siblings and I watched this movie every time it aired. Even now, I bet half of them own a copy of it. I agree with those who say stay away from the remake. The 1951 alien is truly a more intelligent being. I find him to be very attractive.
- Professor Poopypants
The Day the Earth Stood Still was interesting and boring. I do not recommend this.
- Cecil Cole
The Day the Earth Stood Still by Robert Wise is my all-time favorite movie of any genre. It still works today despite some holes in the plot. Michael Rennie is perfect as the arrogant yet sensitive alien. And make no mistake-Gort is an icon of science fiction moviedom. Don't waste your time with the re-make. Keanu Reeves just rides around in a car. That's the plot.
The Day the Earth Stood Still
- Dashiell Barnes
The first great film that began the 50's 'Science- fiction' craze. Rennie, with his face & speech lends a sense of superiority to his alien character, matching Neal who embodies all that's good about humans. The intelligent story & Bernard Hermann's eerie score on the theremin assists in making this film magnificent. My only complaint is the dated special effects, but that's nothing compared to the overall film. I give it a 4/5.
The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
- Gregg Aronson
The 1951 version of this movie is much better than the remake. The special effects are still awesome, considering when the movie was made. I like the original story better than the updated version. Michael Rennie and Patricia Neal have a subtle chemistry that adds to the movie as well.If you are interested in Sci-Fi, especially the history of Sci-Fi in movies, this is a must see movie.
The Day the Earth Stood Still
- Ray Marlitz
Man from Space has Robot and flying saucer, will travel
- noel quinones
one of the most awesome movies of all time,the number#1 movie of all time!