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The Day the Earth Stood Still


Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal, Billy Gray, Sam Jaffe View All


Robert Wise (Director), Edmund H. North (Screenplay) View All

Release: Sep. 28th, 1951
Runtime: 1 hour, 32 minutes
An alien and a robot land on Earth after World War II and tell mankind to be peaceful or face destruction.
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The Sci-Fi Slob
The Day The Earth Stood Still was made during the Cold War and directer Robert Wise created a warning message of sorts, and in his own way took the wider view of the global situation, by making one the greatest science fiction films ever made.
Rennie's performance as Klaatu is one of the film's strengths as he shows varying degrees of diplomacy, fairness, earnestness, and bluntness, all through the film.
It's a novel enough premise given the time period - an alien invading Earth is familiar, but making them a good alien who means no harm yet is still considered a threat simply because they're an alien - that definitely stands the test of time no matter how many other pieces of fiction about benevole....