The Day the Earth Stood Still

TitleThe Day the Earth Stood Still
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1951
AuthorsWise, Robert
Running Time1h 32min
Date Released09/18/1951
Distributor20th Century Fox
CountryUnited States
Publication LanguageEnglish
Abstract

Unlike other Cold War science-fiction films of the early 1950s that that engaged in fearmongering, The Day the Earth Stood Still offered a message of peace. When a UFO lands in Washington, D.C., bearing a message for Earth's leaders, all of humanity stands still. Klaatu (Michael Rennie) has come on behalf of alien life who have been watching Cold War-era nuclear proliferation on Earth. But it is Klaatu's soft-spoken robot Gort that presents a more immediate threat to onlookers. A single mother (Patricia Neal) and her son teach the world about peace and tolerance in this moral fable, ousting the tanks and soldiers that greet the alien's arrival. In 1995, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry as "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."

Alternate TitleFarewell to the Master, Journey to the World
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