Originally released in 1951 this Robert Wise (Star Trek: The Motion Picture, The Andromeda Strain) directed film has long been considered one of the most influential science fiction films ever made. It is a story of hope and peace.
A spaceship lands in Washington, D.C. and the whole world focuses its attention on it. An alien (Michael Rennie – Island in the Sun, The Lost World) emerges but refuses to divulge his mission on Earth to any single government. He wants to speak to all of them at once. This leaves the United States and the rest of the world in fear of what will happen next.
The panic rises and there are calls from all areas to respond with violence against the alien intrusion. One woman (Patricia Neal – Hud, Breakfast at Tiffany's) and her son (Billy Gray – from television's Father Knows Best) become the escaped alien's friends and soon are all that stand between the aliens and the complete destruction of the human race.
The message in this film about humans being destructive and putting the entire planet at risk is more relevant today than ever. It was a story before its time. Despite the fact that the film is a science fiction picture it is inherently about people/humans. Filled with messages and touching moments it is less about science and more about human nature than many dramas. The actors all instill plenty of warmth into their characters especially Michael Rennie as the alien. It is best to focus on that rather than some of the low tech special effects going on.
-Isolated Score Track
-The Making of The Day the Earth Stood Still
-The Mysterious, Melodius Theremin
-The Day the Earth Stood Still Main Title Live Performance by Peter Pringle
-Farewell to the Master: A Reading by Jameson K. Price
-Fox Movietonenews (1951)
-The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008 Trailer)
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-A Brief History of Flying Saucers
-The Astounding Harry Bates
-Edmund North: The Man Who Made the Earth Stand Still
-Race to Oblivion: A Documentary Short Written + Produced by Edmund North
-Spaceship Construction Blueprints