The Day the Earth Stood Still
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- Audio Commentary by Robert Wise and Nicolas Meyer Making the Earth Stand Still Documentary
- Shooting Script
- Theatrical Trailer
- Languages: English, French & Spanish
- Subtitles in English & Spanish
- Rated: G
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 32 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: March 4, 2003
- Originally Released: 1951
- Label: 20th Century Fox
- Mono - English
- Mono - Spanish
- Mono - French
- Audio Commentary - 1. Robert Wise - Director, Nicholas Meyer - Science Fiction Filmmaker
- Trailers - 1. Original Theatrical Trailer
- Additional Footage - 1. MovieTone News Segment
- Featurettes - 1. Making of Featurette
- Restoration Comparison
- ONE MILLION B.C.
- JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH
- Photo Galleries (6)
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Performer:||Patricia Neal, Hugh Marlowe, Sam Jaffe, Billy Gray, Frances Bavier, Lock Martin, Drew Pearson, Frank Conroy, Edith Evanson & Tyler McVey|
|Directed by||Robert Wise|
|Edited by||William H. Reynolds|
|Screenwriting by||Edmund H. North|
|Composition by||Bernard Herrmann|
|Produced by||Julian C. Blaustein|
|Director of Photography:||Leo Tover|
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"...Today's sci-fi filmmakers could learn a thing or two from an old black-and-white gem that has the here and now written all over it..."
"...One of the classiest sci-fi staples ever..."
"Outstanding for its religious symbolism, overt anti-war message, and one of the coolest robots in cinema history..."
Description by OLDIES.com:
- THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1995.
- Lock Martin, who plays Gort, was discovered at Graumann's Chinese Theater, where he was an usher. The filmmakers needed a tall, strong man, so they hired seven-foot-tall Martin. However, the costume he had to wear was so restraining that he was unable to lift Patricia Neal for an important scene, so wires had to hold her up. The wires are clearly visible in the final cut of the film.
Movie Lovers' Ratings & Reviews:
Based on 483 ratings.
One of my favorite movies. I never get tired of of watching this movie. Its fantastic.
THIS PICTURE IN MY OPINON,IS ONE OF THOUGHT PROVOKING MOVIES OFF ALL TIME.IS IT A BIT OUTDATED?MAYBE,BUT FOR GREAT MOVIE MAGIC AND SOLID ACTING FROM ALL CAST MEMBERS IT IS A DELIGHT TO WATCH OVER AND OVER AGAIN.SO FOR MY MONEY THIS PICTURE IS A SURE FIVE STAR GEM.I HOPE YOU GET THE SAME ENJOYMENT OUT OF IT THAT I DID....THANK YOU D.C.
This is a must for any Sci-Fi collection!
Klattu come from who knows where and basicly says 'You know, if you guys want to kill each other that's fine with us, we don't care. But here's the deal, you start trying to involve us or bring your petty problems to our turf, we will have no alternative but to simply solve your problems for you by vaporizing the entire human civilization. Remember, the universe dosen't revolve around your petty little lives.'
This movie looks great on a large screen HDTV, even to the extent that you can see some of the wire holding Miss O'Neal up when Gort holds her.
There are some nice extras added with this move too.
Well, as the review title says - it says it all. Some alien race out there doesn't like the idea of their barbaric neighbor (guess who?) toying around with nuclear weapons with a background of constant wars, hatred, distrust, etc. Can you blame them?
Hey Earthlings, if you can't get your act together, we'll just destroy you before you destroy yourselves (and probably us too!).
So, of course we have a love interest and a robot to boot, but hey, these are the 50's, right? The good ol' military, when we were the strongest power on Earth - who are these aliens and who do they think they are, landing one of their saucers in Washington DC and threatening us like that!?
We're Americans, and we won't take it!!! Well, looks like we had to - and there's a lesson to be learned (and probably still needs to be learned), from this. Boy, do we really need Michael Rene badly now!
Klaatu barada Nikto!
This honest-to-goodness SF classic excellently casts Michael Rennie as an interplanetary emissary, sent to Earth to warn it to "settle down" and stop using nuclear weapons or be burned to a crisp. The convincing factor is an ominously threatening robotic cop called Gort, which has the frightening power of mass destruction never envisioned by us earthlings. No super-dooper digital special effects here, just enough to get the point across... these two are NOT to be taken lightly and they do NOT suffer fools gladly. For SERIOUS SF fans (those who demand credible science in their fiction), this is an all-time classic with a fine early co-performance by the celebrated Patricia Neal (The Fountainhead with Gary Cooper, and Day of Infamy with John Wayne and Kirk Douglas).
Classic sci-fi "message" film that comments on trust, honor, tolerance, compassion, relationships and good ol'1950's paranoia. Marvelous story line repleat with subtle humor, fear, suspense...and even an Einstein-esque Sam Jaffe before his Dr. Zorba role on Ben Casey (anyone remember Ben Casey? No?). The film's opening sequence is top-drawer perfection. Special effects are believable and restrained, serving mainly to accentuate the plot line. If not the best sci-fi film ever made, certainly among the top 10.
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