STARRING: Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal, Hugh Marlowe, Sam Jaffe, Billy Gray, Frances Bavier, Lock Martin, Drew Pearson, Frank Conroy, Fay Roope, Edith Evanson, Robert Osterloh

1951, 92 Minutes, Directed by: Robert Wise

day.jpg (9773 bytes)Description: A spacecraft lands in Washington, D.C., carrying a humanoid messenger from another world (Michael Rennie) imparting a warning to the people of Earth to cease their violent behavior. But panic ensues as the messenger lands and is shot by a nervous soldier. His large robot companion destroys the Capitol as the messenger escapes the confines of the hospital. He moves in with a family as a boarder and blends into society to observe the full range of the human experience.

Based on Harry Bates' story "Farewell to the Master" and directed by Robert Wise (West Side Story, The Sound of Music, Star Trek Trek - the Motion Picture), The Day The Earth Stood Still is about an alien representative and his giant robot sidekick named Gort, who lands in Washington with an important message for mankind. 

Unfortunately the humans respond, well, in a very human way and shoots him as soon he sets his foot on the ground and that is where the story kicks off.  

Ignore all the old lurid posters you might have seen of a giant menacing robot abducting a woman while battling it out with soldiers. Sure, the film has those scenes in it, but not in the pulpy context the posters might suggest. The Day The Earth Stood Still, unlike many of its contemporaries, is quite an understated and intelligent affair which chooses not to indulge in any Red Scare tactics other films of the era (such as Invasion of the Body Snatchers) dabbled in. Issues such as the threat of nuclear war and the Cold War may inform its plotline, but its message is one of reconciliation instead of blind panic.


Sci-Fi Movie Page Pick: An "oldie" but good . . . Even if you don't like Black & White movies this one is still worth seeing . . .


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