The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951 film)

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The Day the Earth Stood Still is a 1951 American science fiction film that tells the story of a humanoid alien visitor who comes to visit the Earth with a warning, accompanied by his powerful robot, "Gort". Robert Wise directed this film, and its leading actors and actresses were Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal, Sam Jaffe, and Hugh Marlowe. "Gort" is also a primary character in this motion picture, but he is portrayed as a completely mechanical man. The writer of The Day the Earth Stood Still, Edmund H. North, based his screenplay on Harry Bates's short story "Farewell to the Master" (1940).

Julian Blaustein produced this film for 20th Century Fox, and its cinematography was executed by Leo Tover. Nearly all of the action takes place in Washington, D.C., where the alien spacecraft lands, and then remains without moving for almost the entire motion picture.

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An extraterrestrial flying saucer lands on the Ellipse in President's Park in Washington, D.C.. When the spacecraft's commander, named simply Klaatu (Michael Rennie) emerges, he announces that he has come from outer space on a goodwill mission. Then, when Klaatu opens a small, suspicious-looking device, he is shot and wounded by a nervous soldier. In response, a large humanoid robot called Gort steps out of the ship and disintegrates all weapons present without harming the soldiers. Klaatu orders him to stop and remarks that the device he carried was a gift for the President. Klaatu is taken to an army hospital. The military attempts to enter Klaatu's ship, but finds it impregnable, while Gort stands motionless outside.

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