The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)


Year of Release: 1951

Genre: Science Fiction

Related to/Remake of: The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008) (Remake)

Directed By: Robert Wise

Music By: Bernard Herrmann

Starring: Michael Rennie (as Klaatu/Mr. Carpenter), Patricia Neal (as Helen Benson), Billy Gray (as Bobby Benson), Hugh Marlowe (as Tom Stephens), and Sam Jaffe (as Professor Jacob Barnhardt)

Basic Plot: An alien spaceship lands in Washington D.C., and it’s humanoid occupant requests to meet with all of the world’s leaders in order to pass along an important message.  The government decides to hold him captive until they can figure out how to proceed, but he escapes and decides to seek out the assistance of a scientist to get his message out.

Rating (Out of 4): 3

Pros: Decent special effects for the time it was made.  A good central performance by Michael Rennie.  An interesting take on America’s mistrust of foreigners.

Cons: A little to “quaint” for today’s audiences.  The lead female character seems to go along with Klaatu’s plan a bit too quickly.