The Day the Earth Stood Still

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August 27, 2016

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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 <>

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Is There a Face That Can Destroy the World? See more »


Release Date:

1951 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

El día que paralizaron la Tierra See more »

Box Office


$1,200,000 (estimated) See more »

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Technical Specs


92 min

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1 See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


Spencer Tracy turned down the role of Klaatu, because he "didn't want to play second fiddle to a damn robot". See more »


In the side shot of Drew Pearson's telecast, the television camera trained on him is seen dollying back, but the image of Pearson in his monitor shows no such movement. See more »


[first lines]
American Radar Operator: Holy Mackerel! Call headquarters. Get the lieutenant.
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Referenced in Doctor Who: Spearhead from Space: Episode 1 (1970) See more »

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