The Day the Earth Stood Still

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"From out of space... A warning and an ultimatum"
  • G
  • 1951
  • 1 hr 32 min
  • 7.8  (84,373)
  • 83

The 1951 science-fiction classic, The Day the Earth Stood Still, tells the story of an alien named Klaatu, played by Michael Rennie, who comes to Earth with a message of warning and peace. When a UFO lands in Washington D.C., Klaatu emerges to meet with Earth's leaders, but he is shot and wounded by a nervous soldier. Klaatu is taken to a hospital, where he is treated and escapes in order to learn more about Earth and its inhabitants. He takes on the alias of "Mr. Carpenter" and befriends a woman named Helen Benson, played by Patricia Neal, and her son, Bobby. Together they explore Earth and its cities, with Klaatu intrigued by the simple joys of everyday life.

However, Klaatu's true mission is to warn the leaders of Earth that their violent and warlike ways have caught the attention of other planets, who will not tolerate humanity's destructive tendencies much longer. Klaatu hopes to convince Earth's leaders to change their ways before it's too late.

As Klaatu becomes more involved with humanity, he develops a stronger bond with Helen and Bobby, and begins to see the positive possibilities for humanity. But when he reveals his true identity and mission to Earth's leaders, they react with fear and aggression, determined to destroy the alien and defend their way of life.

As tensions escalate, Klaatu discovers the true power of Earth - not in its military might, but in the love and unity of its people. Ultimately, he offers a final warning and a hopeful message of change before leaving Earth and its people to their own devices, hoping they will choose a path of peace and understanding.

The Day the Earth Stood Still is a thought-provoking film that asks audiences to reflect on humanity’s place in the universe and the consequences of our actions. The film is a classic of the science fiction genre, and is renowned for its iconic score, stunning visuals, and memorable performances from its lead cast.

The Day the Earth Stood Still is a 1951 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 32 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.8 and a MetaScore of 83.

The Day the Earth Stood Still
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    7.8  (84,373)
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