The Day the Earth Stood Still

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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.

Release details

Rated: G
Release date: Tuesday September 18 1951
Duration: 92 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Robert Wise
Screenwriter: Edmund H North
Cast: Patricia Neal
Michael Rennie
Sam Jaffe
Hugh Marlowe
Billy Gray