The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

Movie-Night 115 x 100The Day the Earth Stood Still is perhaps my all time favorite science fiction movie. I must have been 9 or 10 years old when I first watched the movie. I have watched it several times since then. I have a fondness for old black and white movies. I like to categorize black and white science fiction movies as Sci Fi Noir.

The Day the Earth Stood StillStoryline

An alien (Klaatu) with his mighty robot (Gort) land their spacecraft on Cold War-era Earth just after the end of World War II. They bring an important message to the planet that Klaatu wishes to tell to representatives of all nations. However, communication turns out to be difficult, so, after learning something about the natives, Klaatu decides on an alternative approach. Written by Bruce Janson <>

Opening Plot

When a flying saucer lands in Washington, D.C., the U. S. Army quickly encircles the spaceship. A humanoid (Michael Rennie) emerges, announcing that he has come in peace. As he advances, he unexpectedly opens a small cylindrical device and is shot by a nervous soldier who thinks it’s a weapon. A tall robot emerges from the saucer and quickly disintegrates the army’s deployed weapons with an energy ray. The alien orders the robot, Gort, to stop. He explains that the broken device was a gift for the President, which would have enabled him “to study life on the other planets”.

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