The Day the Earth Stood Still

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The Day the Earth Stood Still is a 1950 science fiction movie about an alien who visits Earth with a grave warning for humanity. The film carries a strong anti-war and anti-nuclear proliferation message. The films protagonist is also portrayed as a Christ-like figure, being a man who comes to Earth with a message of peace and harmony, but is met with fear and hostility and eventually killed. He returns from the dead and ascends back into the Heavens.

The film is widely regarded as one of the best science-fiction movies ever made.[1] In 1995, it was selected for preservation in United States National Film Registry as "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."

The film was a critical hit and grossed a respectable 1.8 million dollars in 1951. It won two Golden Globes, one for Best Original Score, and a special Golden Globe Award for "promoting international understanding."[2]

The phrase "Klaatu barada nikto" made the American Film Institute's list of best movie quotes, and has become an enduring popular culture institution.

A remake was produced in 2008, but replaced the original's anti-nuclear message with one of environmentalism. It was a critical and commercial failure, grossing only $79 million dollars, still less than its budget of $80 million. Sonny Bunch of the Washington Times called it "An entirely unnecessary and unremarkable remake."[3]

References

  1. http://www.afi.com/10top10/scifi.html
  2. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0043456/awards
  3. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/day_the_earth_stood_still/
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