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The Day the Earth Stood Still

A spacecraft lands in Washington D.C. and an alien emerges, with a menacing robot whose destructive powers defy imagination. So begins the science-fiction thriller, The Day The Earth Stood Still, a classic 50's movie that would go on to inspire alien-invasion films for decades to come. Rebuffed in his efforts to warn the Earth's leaders of it's impending doom, the alien, Klaatu (Michael Rennie), takes to the streets. Klaatu's plea for peace is embraced by a pretty, young woman (Patricia Neal) and an eminent scientist (Sam Jaffe), but the rest of humanity reacts with mistrust, fear and violence. With time running out, Klaatu is forced to demonstrate his awesome powers, teaching all of mankind a lesson for the ages. "Klaatu barada nikto!" Remade in 2008.

Year: 1951
Genre: Alice's 500 Greatest Films, Science Fiction, Paul's Favourites, Aliens Among Us!, Best of the 1950s, Spiritual Cinema, Movies (1001 You Must See Before You Die), Classic Cinema
Country: USA
Director: Robert Wise
Starring: Billy Gray, Hugh Marlowe, Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal, Sam Jaffe
Duration: 88 Minutes
Rating: G
7.8/10
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