From out of space... A warning and an ultimatum
An alien and a robot land on Earth after World War II and tell mankind to be peaceful or face destruction.
An alien and a robot land on Earth after World War II and tell mankind to be peaceful or face destruction.
Michael Rennie Patricia Neal Billy Gray Sam Jaffe Hugh Marlowe Lock Martin Freeman Lusk Edith Evanson Frank Conroy Frances Bavier John Brown Olan Soule Marjorie Crossland Elmer Davis H.V. Kaltenborn Drew Pearson Gabriel Heatter Harry Lauter James Doyle Larry Dobkin Robert Osterloh Glenn Hardy Tyler McVey House Peters Jr. George Lynn Dorothy Neumann Wheaton Chambers Carleton Young Harry Harvey Show All…
Gort is beautiful.
That chrome shine and faceless visage, that fluid and human movement, that cold white dome. He's sometimes menacing, sometimes distant, sometimes unnerving, but he's always beautiful to behold. This absurd belief that these beings need to look "realistic" is what leads us to this unending parade of bad animation and CGI, these lifeless, soulless creations that suck all of the creativity and grace out of our aliens, robots, and monsters. You demand perfection, and you get ill-gotten computers trying to replicate human artistry. Fuck that.
Gort is fucking beautiful.
Yeah, it's a man in a suit. Yeah, you can tell especially when he walks. It just makes it better. It's jarring to see those legs bend like…
A Sci-Fi Classic that withstood the test of time with flying colors! As a child I recall being lured out of my bed by the films menacing score! I crept quietly to the stairway just in time to catch a glimpse of the mysterious alien robot shooting laser beams at tanks and other perceived threats! I don't know which was wider my eyes or my mouth as I looked on with that unmistakable child-like awe!
Decades later I watched it with that same child-like glee! The adult inside me of course pointed out the simplistic plot, lack of blood, gore and horror then my inner child promptly kicked myself in the shin mercilessly and shouted "knock it off" so I…
A message movie that works. The message being - that our first response to the unknown is fear and prejudice, not reason or understanding.
To the visiting spaceman Klaatu played by the great stony faced Michael Rennie - his mission is to warn us of this potentially dangerous emotional flaw before it results in the destruction of all people, then Earth.
It's simplistically told. Scenes are free of script fat: making their points quickly, serving the overall narrative efficiently before deftly moving on to the next. It's a masterclass of focused storytelling.
What's surprising to me on this re-watch though, is that the only element that really dates the movie (other than Gort's flexible 'metal' pants) is Bernard Herrmann's score.…
The only way to defeat a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gort
There have been some high moments in early science fiction since Georges Méliès released Le Voyage dans la Lune, and through the close of the 1950’s, notably Fritz Lang’s Metropolis and William Cameron Menzies’ 1936 adaptation of H.G. Well’s The Shape of Things to Come; both social criticism guised in the clothing of a futuristic world, the tenant of true hard sci-fi. The majority of films classified loosely in the genre were nothing much more than monster, war, or westerns set in outer space; the staple of the drive-in, the Saturday Double Feature, and later, 60’s Saturday afternoon TV fodder; which is exactly where I first encountered the form.
Sci-Fi seemed to explode in the late 40’s and 50’s with…
The Day the Earth Stood Still endures in being an elucidative juncture in sci-fi genre history as well as exemplifying the fear and suspicion that defined the early Cold War and Atomic Age. Based on the 1940 short story Farewell to the Master by Harry Bates, it has a beautifully polished screenplay adaptation by Edmund H. North and intelligent direction by Robert Wise. The filmmakers smartly constrain the use of special effects to the advantage of the movie, and Bernard Herrmann’s pioneering theremin concerto music score helped to establish this movie obtaining iconic status from its opening premiere.
Gort! Klaatu barada nikto!
Robert Wise might have been criticized during his career for never challenging the studios and perhaps being a bit too much of a "team player" but as Hollywood directors go you'd be hard-pressed to find another studio director that could dabble in ALL genres while turning out not only successful films, but films that have stood the test of time.
Here Wise and screenwriter Edmund H. North turnout not just a memorable movie, but a landmark film in science-fiction. In an age of goofy-ass flying saucer films The Day the Earth Stood Still stands out because despite it's simplistic nature actually works on different levels. On purpose no less. That's actually something a lot of…
"I don't know whether to get drunk or just give up on the practice of medicine" - Human Doctor channeling Bones.
"I am fearful when I see people substituting fear for reason" - Klaatu, killing it with his wisdom.
- Daily Horror Hunt #12 (June 2019):
I love the way this robot takes care of shit. I want him to come to America and help motivate our cops.
In the Day the Earth Stood Still, an alien and his bad-ass robot show up on Earth and tell everyone "That's enough of your bullshit people, get the fuck along or else" and the earth decides to keep it real because humans are the dumbest species in the Universe.
Klaatu is an alien who lands in front of the White House aboard a huge spaceship to warn the human race that it will be exterminated if the various world powers do not decide, once and for all, to live in peace. The inhabitants of the Earth are in fact so aggressive that they constitute a threat to the entire universe. The Day the Earth Stood Still is one of the few science fiction films of the 1950s that managed to rise from the mediocrity of a trend that referred, with many clichés, to the fear of flying saucers and extraterrestrials. Directed by a solid director like Robert Wise and supported by an excellent technical sector, the film is not…
100-word review: An alien and robot travel to Earth to demand peacefulness, or else… The Day the Earth Stood Still jumps straight into the action. Less than five minutes in and the UFO has landed; less than ten and the alien Klaatu steps out, announcing to come — quite literally — in peace. And, in true human fashion, less than eleven minutes in we’ve shot him. An early scene between Klaatu and a government official promises sharp dialogue and great acting, which the film fulfils satisfactorily. Michael Rennie makes Klaatu feel just otherworldly enough, and for once the prominent child actor isn’t irritating either.
Part of my February 2021 Short & Sweet 50s & 60s Sci-Fi challenge; 6th out of 10 films.
KLAATU BARADA NIKTO
When it comes to 50s Sci-fi there is a lot of good stuff to explore, but The Day the Earth Stood Still is the gold standard. A fun 90 minutes full of aliens, robots, spaceships and still holds up very well. I hope they programmed their robo cops not to kill unarmed black kids.
Influential, relevant, Klaatu barada nikto.
In which an advanced alien being depends upon a comely widow to hail a D.C. cab and the world goes without milkshakes for a devastating 30 minutes. Make fun all you want of how much this cautionary tale of impending doom has dated--"The Day the Earth Stood Still" holds up as pure narrative, introducing us to characters who pique the heart and situations that rile the intellect. Perfect casting: Michael Rennie as Klaatu, the my-way-or-the-highway ambassador from far, far away.
One of the best, most effective science fiction movies. Point is well taken and plot moves quickly.
off iriam no alien ?
One of the best alien invasion/cold war films I've seen. I greatly regret watching the remake before this, this makes way more sense and is a lot better. Sometimes seeing a good movie just hits you like a truck when everything else comprable to it pales in comparison (Mars Attacks, Independence Day). A timeless classic!
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Ik ben al langer geïnteresseerd in science-fiction, hoewel die interesse zich momenteel nog meer op boeken en op series lijkt te concentreren dan op film, en The Day the Earth Stood Still is zo'n naam die me altijd is bijgebleven. Ik had altijd wel een andere verhaallijn in gedachte (meer iets in de vorm van de aarde die effectief stopt met draaien en de gevolgen daarvan) en de originele poster deed dan weer iets anders uitschijnen. Vandaag dan eindelijk eens opgezet en wat blijkt?
De echte film gaat eigenlijk nog een compleet andere richting uit dan die van de poster. Kan me vergissen maar ik heb Gort in ieder geval niet zien rondlopen met een blonde deerne in een roze…
Cool. One of those movies where a good portion of the enjoyment for me comes from trying to spot all the points of influence it’s had on other films. 50s science fiction can be so strange and funny, where aliens are just Christian (really) white people but they also have cool robots and spaceships and stuff too. Overall it felt very much like an average episode of The Twilight Zone expanded to feature length in that it was engaging, very well written, and sporadically imaginative, but ultimately not reaching especially high. The theremin soundtrack was dope, but Gort has nothing on the one true 50s science fiction automaton GOAT—Robby the Robot.
A fun sci fi b movie, the effects were surprisingly good for the time. Score was pretty good and I liked the story, I liked Klaatu, Professor Jacob Barnhardt, and Gort. However Gort was less threatening than he was in the remake. That’s all I really got to say
This movie is 70 years old but is still relevant , I was positively surprised by the pacing and style.
The messianic message and all that was kind of dull but the movie is more than that
Still holds up pretty damn well but the slow-walking Gort scenes toward the end drag down the pace significantly. The peak is Neal's breathless "Klaatu barada nikto" and then Michael Rennie gets that cool speech towards the end which is just pure utopian leftism. Politically still relevant and the editing/montages of the blackout are phenomenally tense, but all those creases in Gort's "metal suit" and that huge metal diaper oh my good lord.
"Spaceman warns earth to stop acting like dicks."
You may enjoy this movie if you also enjoy: People smoking, Stiff walking, People behaving like morons
Discovered this film very late in my life but glad I did as I enjoyed watching it and am impressed considering it came out in 1951.
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