The Day the Earth Stood StillDirector: Robert Wise, Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal, Hugh Marlowe
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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.
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Cast & Crew
|Patricia Neal||Helen Benson|
|Hugh Marlowe||Tom Stevens|
|Sam Jaffe||Dr. Barnhardt|
|Billy Gray||Bobby Benson|
|Frances Bavier||Mrs. Barley|
|Harry Harvey||Taxi Driver|
|Fay Roope||Major General|
|Edith Evanson||Mrs. Crockett|
|Robert Osterloh||Major White|
|James Seay||Government Man|
|John Brown||Mr. Bradley|
|House Peters||MP Captain|
|Rush Williams||MP Sergeant|
|Olan Soule||Mr. Krull|
|Gil Herman||Government Agent|
|Harry Lauter||Platoon Leader|
|Dorothy Neumann||Barnhardt's Secretary|
|George Lynn||Col. Ryder|
|Freeman Lusk||Gen. Cutler|
|John Burton||British Radio MC|
|Claude E. Carpenter||Set Decoration/Design|
|Addison Hehr||Art Director|
|Bernard Herrmann||Score Composer|
|Arthur L. Kirbach||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Harry M. Leonard||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Thomas K. Little||Set Decoration/Design|
|Edmund H. North||Screenwriter|
|William H. Reynolds||Editor|
|Fred Sersen||Special Effects|
|William Travilla||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Lyle Wheeler||Art Director|
|Darryl F. Zanuck||Executive Producer|
1. Main Titles [2:00]
2. Something Real [3:24]
3. They've Landed! [2:31]
4. Peace and Good Will [4:36]
5. The Future of the Planet [5:15]
6. Impatient With Stupidity [3:41]
7. Mr. Carpenter [4:04]
8. In Grave Danger [3:32]
9. Sightseeing [3:12]
10. A Real Screwball [2:30]
11. Calling Card [3:00]
12. A Fun Day [2:49]
13. There Is No Alternative [5:06]
14. Jittery [6:13]
15. Learning the Truth [4:46]
16. Waiting Up [2:50]
17. What a Brilliant Idea [5:29]
18. Dead or Alive [3:03]
19. Turning a Deaf Ear [4:28]
20. Remember Those Words [4:24]
21. A Message for Goat [3:29]
22. Unimaginable Power [3:35]
23. Resurrected [2:52]
24. A Simple Choice [5:02]
Language and Audio
English 5.1 Dolby Surround
Commentary by Director Robert Wise & Nicholas Meyer (Director, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan)
Commentary by Film & Music Historians John Morgan Steven Smith, William Stromberg & Nick Redman
Isolated Score Track
Commentary by Director Robert Wise & Nicholas Meyer (Director, Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan): On
Commentary by Director Robert Wise & Nicholas Meyer (Director, Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan): Off
Commentary by Film & Music Historians John Morgan, Steven Smith, William Stromberg & Nick Redman: On
Commentary by Film & Music Historians John Morgan, Steven Smith, William Stromberg & Nick Redman: Off
Isolated Score Track: On
Isolated Score Track: Off
The Making of The Day the Earth Stood Still
The Mysterious, Melodious Theremin
The Day the Earth Stood Still Main Title Live Performance by Peter Pringle
Farewell to the Master: A Reading by Jamieson K. Price
Fox Movietonews (1951)
The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008 Trailer)
Disc #2 -- Day the Earth Stood Still: Bonus Features
Decoding "Klaatu Barada Nikto": Science Fiction as Metaphor
A Brief History of Flying Saucers
The Astounding Harry Bates
Edmund North: The Man Who Made the Earth Stand Still
Race to Oblivion: A Documentary Short Written & Produced by Edmund North
Spaceship Construction Blueprints
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A great Blu-Ray DVD with 30% off at the store, 10% off with my member discount, and 15% off with my BN coupon that I received in the mail. I found it amusing watching the docs at Walter Reed smoking away. High def Black and White was very impressive.
Still a great movie. A little too long of a preview, but not a problem.
Please watch this one and not the awful Keanu remake (which ruined the whole idea). Maybe the Biblical Carpenter will be pleased.
Awsome, superior to a lot of other sci-fi films. Not as good as Forbidden Planet, but sooooooooo close.
This movie was the prototypical 50's film. BUT the ending was ''unsuitable'' for a U.S. audience of the time. The studio then changed the ending to the OPPOSITE of the author's story. Why it continues to be a ''classic'' is a mystery. Maybe in the ''extra material'' they explain, but that doesn't save it. I read the story when it first came out (a long time ago), and when I saw the movie I was shocked to see what they had done. Love it at your own risk, because the author wrote a powerful story that was butchered for ''commercial'' reasons.
This is one of the best SciFi movies ever made. The idea is excellent, acting was great, special effects were good at that time. It was just a really good movie and I do recommend it. The remake probably sucked major butt, with Keanu Reeves' terrible acting. Watch the old one on cable and save a few bucks, it'll be worth it.
A true original in Sci Fi: good acting for the time, great story with intellect, and an alien that is a mix of ''Father Knows Best'' with ''It's a Wonderful Life''. While it was filmed in the formative years of Sci Fi with its limitations, it truly is one of my favorite movies.
One of the greatest sci fi movies ever made. A tremendous movie for it's day. The new one starring Keanu Reeves, regardless of how good it is, will never measure up to the original.
This is the best Sci Fi film ever made...other films may have more modern special effects...but this film is solid with a great cast and just the right amount of effects. Worth the watch.
I always found it strange that the military left just two boneheaded men to guard the ship and Gort. Then, when they get knocked out by Gort, guess what? STILL, only two are left to guard the most incredible event in human history. Alas, such was the state of 50's Scif-fi. Does this make it a bad movie? Not really. It gave new sensibilities to the way we looked at fantastic fiction and Sci-Fi. Still, the end result remains one of fascism, albeit for alturistic reasons. This theme has been sung many tunes over the years, but this film remains a cornerstone in forming a more enlightened, yet controversial esthetic. It truly is a classic. Klaatu Barada Nikto!
Performance by all actors was terrific! Clearly a Cold War film. I'm in my fifties and, unfortunately, the next youngest generation has NO idea what I mean by, 'Klatu, barrada, nicto!' I find that amusing.
ONE OF THE BEST SCI FI MOVIES MADE.
I first saw this movie back in the 60's and have watched it repeatedly since then and have yet to tire of it. It is truly a movie to see over and over again.
This has to be one of the best sci-fi movies ever. I've always loved this movie. I've got it on VHS, and I've watched it so many times, I ''swear'' it's going to wear out....
My father forced me to watch this film when I was younger, and now even in my 20's I still thank him for it. Even when I was a child the graphics were outdated but it forces you to pay attention to the story. If possible have your children watch this film because to this day it still gives me a warm feeling to say to my father with a wink, "Gort, klaatu barrada nikto"
As a Sci Fi buff, this is a classic!!! The message Klatu delivered was poignant, and can easily compared to what is transpiring with current world affairs.
First of the really good ones, with good acting and a serious moral to the story. A true Must Have for all collectors of ''The Essentials''.
Suprisingly, and refreshingly this film avoids all the UFO cliches in exchange for something more important. America's massive hysteria over UFO's is deflated and asked to be replaced with a much more reasonable scenario. The outcome is a movie that is compelling and engrossing!