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|Seller Notes:||“Used with some wear, but guaranteed to pay!!!”|
|Genre:||Sci-Fi & Fantasy||Rating:||G|
|Leading Role:||Michael Rennie||Region Code:||DVD: 1 (US, Canada...)|
|Director:||Robert Wise Jr., Robert Wise||Edition:||Full Screen|
|Release Date:||03/04/2003||Special Features:||Black & White|
Beginning with a documentary style that immediately hooks the viewer, THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL, based on the Harry Bates short story Farewell to the Master, becomes as much a human interest story as it does a sci-fi B-movie classic. The film soberly 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 ignorant, panicky 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 250 million miles 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, Helen Benson (Patricia Neal), and her inquisitive son, Bobby (Billy Gray).
Uncut - Peter Hogan (05/01/2005)
Entertainment Weekly - Steve Daly (07/28/1995)
Entertainment Weekly - Marc Bernardin (04/11/2003)
USA Today - Mike Clark (07/28/1995)
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The Great Parallel
This movie to me parallels just how small and puny we humans are to the true higher power. A "messenger" comes to the earth with a solution of peace, and what do the powers that be do? Shoot him before he even explains the visit and destroys his gift of peace.
The visitor demonstrates the power that he has, and the people are not receptive to the warning, and thus suffer the consequences.
This is a great movie, with a memorable cast that we may recognize from some of the old black and white shows, such as the Andy Griffith Show, Father Knows Best, & Perry Mason which had MICHAEL RENNIE as a guest appearance as a lawyer in Season 6.
Gort! Klaatu barada nikto!
Verified purchase: Yes | Condition: pre-owned | Sold by: chattanoogagood...
old sci-fi movies
Love the movie, they don't put them on as often as they should. Getting the old sci-fi on eBay is great you just type the name in and there they are. They make great gifts and are not expensive and you get them quick. Going to get mire. I purchased 4 others. Watched them all except for one cause if the region(2) have to buy player
Verified purchase: Yes | Condition: pre-owned | Sold by: drstarman-half
A True "Standard" Oldie Si-Fi Movie
Probably one of the best oldie Si-Fi movies that is timeless. A must have for any collector or those who just enjoy great movies
Verified purchase: Yes | Condition: pre-owned | Sold by: iceman1915
The Day the Earth Stood Still
Robert Wise's "The Day the Earth Stood Still" is a prime example of how well science-fiction films excel in examining universal issues. The proliferation of nuclear weapons following the end of World War II spawned this cinematic treatise on the new dangers the world had to face in the atomic age.
A flying saucer touches down in Washington D.C. and is immediately surrounded by armed troops. A hatch on the saucer opens and a figure named Klaatu (Michael Rennie) emerges. After he is shot by a nervous soldier, his robot companion Gort (Lock Martin) destroys some of the weaponry gathered around the saucer. Klaatu halts Gort's destructive spree and is taken to a nearby hospital. He soon escapes after making no headway in his plan to assemble the leaders of the planet to listen to a message he wants to deliver. With the help of a young boy named Bobby Benson (Billy Gray) and his mother, Helen (Patricia Neal), Klaatu makes contact with Professor Jacob Barnhardt (Sam Jaffe), a respected mathematician, who he hopes will assemble for him an audience of the world's leading academics.
While other science-fiction films of the period were content with one-dimensional storylines complete with rubber-suited monsters and spaceships straight out of model kits, Robert Wise proved that the genre had much more potential. He avoided silliness and absurdity and instead infused his film with meaning and food for thought. Much like the television series "Star Trek" did a decade later, "The Day the Earth Stood Still" used science fiction to explore the human condition and to critique the puzzling obsession the human race has with total annihilation. Rennie's stoic performance is chilling because of the weight behind Klaatu's message. Gray, Neal, and Jaffe also turn in great work and more than manage to keep from being overshadowed by Gort. Although it is rarely referred to as a "Cold War" film, "The Day the Earth Stood Still" nevertheless effectively captures the nuclear anxiety and political grandstanding that characterized the early Fifties.
Good Film: Politics is between the lines
The film that I got was top quality. It is the film I remembered and better because it has the director's comments. I was named after the journalist in this movie so it has personal meaning to me.
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