Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)

Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)

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Director: Scott Derrickson

Cast: Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm

     
 

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All of Washington, D.C., is thrown into a panic when an extraterrestrial spacecraft lands near the White House. Out steps Klaatu (Michael Rennie, in a role intended for Claude Rains), a handsome and soft-spoken interplanetary traveler, whose "bodyguard" is Gort (Lock Martin), a huge robot who spews forth laser-like death rays when danger threatens. After being wounded… See more details below

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All of Washington, D.C., is thrown into a panic when an extraterrestrial spacecraft lands near the White House. Out steps Klaatu (Michael Rennie, in a role intended for Claude Rains), a handsome and soft-spoken interplanetary traveler, whose "bodyguard" is Gort (Lock Martin), a huge robot who spews forth laser-like death rays when danger threatens. After being wounded by an overzealous soldier, Klaatu announces that he has a message of the gravest importance for all humankind, which he will deliver only when all the leaders of all nations will agree to meet with him. World politics being what they are in 1951, Klaatu's demands are turned down and he is ordered to remain in the hospital, where his wounds are being tended. Klaatu escapes, taking refuge in a boarding house, where he poses as one "Mr. Carpenter" (one of the film's many parallels between Klaatu and Christ). There the benign alien gains the confidence of a lovely widow (Patricia Neal) and her son, Bobby (Billy Gray), neither of whom tumble to his other-worldly origins, and seeks out the gentleman whom Bobby regards as "the smartest man in the world" -- an Einstein-like scientist, Dr. Barnhardt (Sam Jaffe). The next day, at precisely 12 o'clock, Klaatu arranges for the world to "stand still" -- he shuts down all electrical power in the world, with the exception of essentials like hospitals and planes in flight. Directed by Robert Wise, who edited Citizen Kane (1941) and The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) for director Orson Welles before going on to direct such major 1960s musicals as West Side Story (1961) and The Sound of Music (1965), The Day the Earth Stood Still was based on the story Farewell to the Master by Harry Bates.Keanu Reeves tops this adaptation of the seminal 1951 sci-fi film The Day the Earth Stood Still with this 20th Century Fox production. Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose) helms the story of an alien traveler, Klaatu (Reeves), who heads to Earth along with his bodyguard robot, Gort, to deliver a warning of planetary destruction if the people of the world fail to stop laying waste to the environment. Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, and Kathy Bates co-star in the David Scarpa-penned film.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/07/2009
UPC:
0024543569800
Original Release:
2008
Rating:
PG13
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:44:00
Sales rank:
6,002

Special Features

Disc 1: ; Commentary by screenwriter David Scarpa; Deleted scenes; Re-imagining the Day documentary; Unleashing Gort featurette; Watching the Skies: In Search of Extraterrestrial Life featurette; The Day the Earth Was "Green" featurette; Still galleries (concept art, storyboards, production photos); Enhanced for D-Box Motion control systems; ; Disc 2: Digital copy of The Day the Earth Stood Still for portable media players; ; Disc 3:; Original 1951 movie on Blu-ray

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Keanu Reeves Klaatu
Jennifer Connelly Helen Benson
Jon Hamm Dr. Michael Granier
Kathy Bates Regina Jackson
Jaden Smith Jacob,Jacob Benson
John Cleese Professor Barnhardt
Kyle Chandler John Driscoll
Robert Knepper Colonel
James Hong Mr. Wu
John Rothman Dr. Myron
Sunita Prasad Rouhani
Juan Riedinger William Kwan
Sam Gilroy Tom
Tanya Champoux Isabel
Rukiya Bernard Student
Alisen Down Laptop Woman
Lloyd Adams Agent Driver
Mousa Kraish Yusef
J.C. MacKenzie Grossman
Kurt Max Runte Civil Engineer
Daniel Bacon Winslow
Brandon T. Jackson Target Tech
David Lewis Plainclothes Agent

Technical Credits
Scott Derrickson Director
Tyler Bates Score Composer
Paul Harris Boardman Producer
Heike Brandstatter Casting
David Brisbin Production Designer
David Clarke Set Decoration/Design
Dane A. Davis Sound/Sound Designer
Gregory Goodman Producer
Gregg Landaker Sound Mixer
Mindy Marin Casting
Steve Maslow Sound Mixer
Todd Masters Makeup Special Effects
Coreen Mayrs Casting
Sheila K. Millar Set Decoration/Design
Tish Monaghan Costumes/Costume Designer
Peter Ochotta Set Decoration/Design
David Scarpa Screenwriter
Erwin Stoff Producer
David Tattersall Cinematographer
Wayne Wahrman Editor
David Wechsler Asst. Director
Pete Whyte Asst. Director

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