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The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

HD   Unrated Closed Captioning

Robert Wise

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About the Movie

The Day The Earth Stood Still depicts the arrival of an alien dignitary, Klaatu (Michael Rennie), who has come to earth with his deadly robot, Gort (Lock Martin), to deliver the message that earthlings must stop warring among themselves--or else. After being shot at by military guards, Klaatu is brought to a Washington, D.C. hospital, where he begs a sympathetic but frank Major White (Robert Osterloh) to gather all the world's leaders so he can tell them more specifically what he has come to warn them about. Losing patience, Klaatu slips into the human world, adapting a false identity and living at a boarding house where he meets a smart woman with a conscience and her inquisitive son. Both mother and son soon find themselves embroiled in the complex mystery of Klaatu, his message and the government's witch hunt for the alien.  Seen by many as a political, religious and humanitarian effort, the film is based on Harry Bates’ story, "Farewell to the Master."

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 54
  • Fresh: 51
  • Rotten: 3
  • Average Rating: 8.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Cast, although secondary to the story, works well. – Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: Today, wistful viewers might ask: Where are Klaatu and Gort when we need them most? – Glenn Abel, Hollywood Reporter, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Like most of Robert Wise's work, this slickly constructed 1951 science fiction film settles squarely in the middle of its genre, better than some and worse than others. – Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: The Day the Earth Stood Still may at first look like goofy, outdated science fiction, but its timeless warnings about violence, nuclear confrontation and the difficulties of policing the planet have made it an enduring cultural classic. – Michael Booth, Denver Post, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews


Brilliant film, a MUST see! Yeah, some things are dated, since this film was released in 1951, but still a great message and terrific film!! If you haven't seen this, rent it and I think you will agree. By the way, this film is in BLACK & WHITE. So for all those closed minded people who will NOT watch a b& w film, Well, it's YOUR loss.

Good Sci-Fi Flick

Pretty good. Sad, suspenseful and maybe even what could be called a good B-Movie.

A Classic Sci-fi movie

Even to this day, "The Day the Earth Stood Still" stands at the top of the science fiction movie favorites list. Instead of talking about hostile aliens, we meet an alien race that wants nothing more than to coexist in peace. But they have weapons to ensure that peace is kept. This movie will definitely keep you in suspence but I suggest watching it with the lights off. Makes it even more suspenseful.

The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 1951

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