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The Day the Earth Stood Still

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An alien and a robot land on earth after World War II and tell mankind to be peaceful or face destruction. A classic science fiction film from Robert Wise with an exceptional message.

Directed by: Robert Wise

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Who Stars in The Day the Earth Stood Still

Michael Rennie
Klaatu, alias Mr. Carpenter

Michael Rennie

Patricia Neal
Helen Benson

Patricia Neal

Billy Gray
Bobby Benson

Billy Gray

Hugh Marlowe
Tom Stevens

Hugh Marlowe

Sam Jaffe
Prof. Jacob Barnhardt

Sam Jaffe


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Review for The Day the Earth Stood Still

Author: John Chard

I'm impatient with stupidity. My people have learned to live without it. The Day the Earth Stood Still is directed by Robert Wise and adapted to screenplay by Edmund H. North from the story Farewell to the Master written by Harry Bates. It stars Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal, Hugh Marlowe, Sam Jaffe, Billy Gray and Frances Bavier. Music is by Bernard Herrmann and cinematography by Leo Tover. Classic sci-fi is right here as director Robert Wise gives a beautifully steady hand to Harry Bate's short story. Peace for the world or else is the message and I don't see anything wrong with that because it stands up to relevant scrutiny today and unfortunately many days ahead in the future. Debates about the allegorical worth of the film still persist today, but the core message is not up for argument. Wise shows his influences from the time when he worked with Orson Welles and Val Lewton, where here, aided by Tover's beautiful photography, he blends the feel of semi-documentary starkness with film noir visuality. Whether it's scenes of Klaatu (Rennie) trawling the wet night streets, or the interiors of the spaceship and boarding house, the visual imagery by way of low-key lighting compositions is often striking for mood accentuation. All the cast are spot on in their respective performances, with Neal refreshingly given a female role that doesn't resort to her being token sex appeal or a shrieking harpy. Herrmann's understated score is dynamite, and pretty much imitated wholesale from this point onwards, and the film is laced with poignant and frightening scenes that keep the viewer firmly glued to the tale unfolding. The demonstration of the visitors power gives the film its title and it's a glorious slice of celluloid, and in Gort the robot (Lock Martin) we have one of the biggest icons in sci-fi cinema. Once viewed one can never forget The Day The Earth Stood Still, its message, its structured precision and its technical smarts ensure you will remember this film always. One of the most important science fiction movies of all time, a game changer in the critical year for the sci-fi genre. All told it's magic cinema still standing the test of time. 10/10


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Status
Released

Release Date
1951-09-17

Original Language
English

Runtime
1 hr 32 mins

Budget
$ 1,200,000.00 (Estimated)

Genres
Drama Science Fiction Thriller

Keywords
spacecraft flying saucer peace remote control ufo giant robot social commentary black and white military physics professor humanity alien technology mathematical equation


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