The Day the Earth Stood Still

The Day the Earth Stood Still

DVD - 2002
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SUMMARY: "A spaceship lands in Washington, D.C., capturing the attention of the world. But the alien emissary (Michael Rennie) it brings refuses to reveal his mission to any single government, leaving the military, the politicians, and millions of ordinary people to wait in fear. Soon their distrust turns to calls for violence. But one young woman and her son (Patricia Neal, Billy Gray) befriend him ... and soon realize that they may be all that stands between the human race and total destruction"--Container.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, Calif. : Twentieth Century-Fox Home Entertainment, c2002.
Edition: Full frame format.
Branch Call Number: DVD FEATURE Day
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (double-sided) (ca. 92 min.) :,sd., b&w ;,4 3/4 in.

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JCLMandaW Jan 07, 2020

The premise of the movie was great and definitely relevant in our climate crisis times, but nothing was really resolved at the end. Did humans really change? No one but the mother and son were really told how dire the situation was so what's to say humans killed the Earth anyway?

Also listed on AFI's: 100 YEARS…100 THRILLS #82;
100 YEARS…100 CHEERS #67. The original 1951 version of the film, which was remade in 2008.


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JackamoJames
Mar 03, 2020

A classic. A gem. Ahead of its time.. and many other cliches you may have read about this film. All of them are true, and the film remains one of the best sci-fi / human dramas ever produced. Made in 1951 ( thats almost 70 years ago kids) it still has a lot to say about how the world works today, how we view others who are different, and how fearful the human race is of not being perfect. Amazing insight for a film from that era that is designed around a sci-fi atmosphere. Brilliant and remains a definite watch no matter if you have seen it before or are a first time viewer.

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amanoletters99
Jan 21, 2020

If you really sit down and watch this 1951 film, you get a true understanding of our human nature to address the unknown with violence. Always with the violence, against aliens, against each other. Does it ever stop? There is something to be learned from Klatuu's warning, now all we have to do is listen. Best sci-fi film ever!!!

JCLMandaW Jan 07, 2020

The premise of the movie was great and definitely relevant in our climate crisis times, but nothing was really resolved at the end. Did humans really change? No one but the mother and son were really told how dire the situation was so what's to say humans killed the Earth anyway?

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Bubba_Louie
Nov 11, 2019

1951's "The Day The Earth Stood Still" easily ranks right up there as being one of my all-time favorite "Alien Visitation" films in the entire history of Hollywood SyFy movie-making.

IMO - Regardless that this vintage gem is now seventy years old, it still holds up surprisingly well (even with its old-school visual effects).

For its time - I really think that this film's message is actually quite a startling one. In a nutshell, it tells us Earthlings that our unbridled destructiveness has become a serious threat to the overall peace and security of all of the other planets that exist in this endlessly vast universe.

Yes. That communication certainly provides us humans with some honest-to-goodness food for thought.

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richmole
Nov 03, 2019

It's been over 40 years since I saw this movie (on TV). I wondered: would it stand the test of time? Ans: remarkably well. It's not flawless. There's one fairly serious "continuity" inconsistency in the action. Won't spoil your fun; see if you can spot it. The last lines spoken by Patricia Neal's love-interest, Tom (Hugh Marlowe) definitely needed to be rewritten. However...

The moral of the story is timeless. The script is tight, understated, and sometimes intentionally humorous. Performances are good. Sam Jaffe and Patricia Neal were well-known "A" list actors and Michael Rennie--famous in the UK--had just signed a multi-year contract with 20th Century Fox. Billy Grey does well as Neal's boy. A few years later, millions of TV viewers would know him as "Bud", Robert Young's son on the long-running series, Father Knows Best. Director Robert Wise was about to graduate from decent "B" movies--like this one--and a decade later, would direct some classic films.

The effects are quite acceptable, especially given the movie's age. Think about it: aside from handful of juvenile movie serials (Buck Rogers; King of the Rocket Men) this 1951 movie represents pretty much the beginning of American Science Fiction films (One other stellar entry in '51: The Thing (From Another World)--more of a fright flick than sci-fi.) Two classics in one year!

It was not a big box-office hit, although it did make a small profit against its sizeable $1 million budget. Dozens of movies were bigger that year: Showboat, David and Bathsheba, The Great Caruso, The Lemon Drop Kid, Father's Little Dividend. Who remembers them today? Who WATCHES them today?

The Day The Earth Stood Still is still a favourite with millions, almost 70 years later.

🌎 The comments for the 1951 masterpiece seem to be commingled with those for the pointless remake. Don't be fooled, the old black and white one is the only one to see. Of all the 1950's science fiction movies, this one requires the fewest concessions from the audience. The story, script, and performances are timeless. The Observer particularly appreciates the moment when the President starts to suggest that the USA is the good guy of Earth, and the Soviets are the villains, and Klaatu brushes him off, saying he's not concerned with Earth's petty squabbles. It was very unusual for a movie not to take the line that the USA was on the side of God, but that's what we see here. Klaatu tells us we better figure out how to live with one another, even if we need the Robot Police to hold a gun to our heads.

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russwest
Mar 26, 2019

This was a horrible remake of the 1951 classic. They tried to compensate for terrible acting and half baked plot by using lots of CGI. This is something you see in most contemporary Hollywood Sci Fi.

I'm not saying that ALL films were better in the 1950's (though many were). But they didn't have advanced special effects to fall back on, and relied instead on well written plot, good directing, cinematic effects, and a kind of atmospheric mood.

Don't waste your time with this crap. See the original.

bibliosopher Feb 20, 2019

This is a re-release of the 1951 classic, not a remake. The alien Klaatu and robot Gort land their spacecraft in Washington at the end of WWII. Communication to all nations is requested; but earth leaders question first contact and fear the unknown. A great sci-fi classic not to be missed.

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Ephriam
Jan 29, 2019

Enjoyed the original movie. I believe the Black and White motion picture adds a nostalgic mood to it. The remake with Reeves is stinks. I hate when they do a remake of an old classic movie and destroy it. The biggest difference to me was in the original movie the alien had a much bigger heart and feelings where the remake had Reeves almost like a robot who was actually threatening. Watch the old black and white movie and enjoy.

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Richard44
Nov 16, 2018

A pathetic remake of the 1950s classic. Relying upon special effects rather than plot and character development, the film is a complete mishmash. The suspense and the message of hope in the original is entirely missing and the CGI robot is nowhere near as threatening as the Gort of the original.

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Klaatu barada nikto.

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wesley4444
Feb 11, 2014

Ahhh.......im scared

aaa5756 May 15, 2013

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ― Martin Luther King, Jr

aaa5756 May 15, 2013

“The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.” -Winston Churchill

Sunnchilde Nov 29, 2011

"Are you aware of an imminent attack on the planet Earth?" "You should let me go."

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