The Day the Earth Stood Still

The Day the Earth Stood Still
The Day the Earth Stood Still
  • G
  • 1h 33m
  • 1951
Certified Fresh95%
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An alien emissary gives a dramatic demonstration of power when he attempts to warn mankind about the folly of atomic experimentation.
© 1951 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.

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Certified Fresh95%
Critics Consensus: Socially minded yet entertaining, The Day the Earth Stood Still imparts its moral of peace and understanding without didacticism.
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Common Sense Says
Sci-fi, pro-peace classic with some threats and violence.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that at the core of this film is the powerful, and potentially disturbing notion that because of Earth's volatility and war-addicted nature, the planet is in danger of self-destructing. The production is old-fashioned, with none of the gore, in-your-face brutality, or heavy realism seen in later science fiction movies. Government and military officials are shown as impulsive and violence-prone; in several action sequences, they threaten and shoot out of fear and without cause. There are tanks, all sorts of guns and weaponry and one character is shot on two separate occasions. An alien vaporizes threatening objects and demobilizes guards. In other suspense-filled moments the leads are seen running for their lives. Since it's set in the 1950s, many characters smoke.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Sci-Fi, Drama, Action
  • Release Date:October 13, 1951
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English, Spanish
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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