History Film / TheDayTheEarthStoodStill1951

26th Nov '16 10:23:55 AM spqrz
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* GodTest: As a demonstration that he is a powerful alien, Klaatu is asked to stop traffic so a man can cross the street. He does so by cutting power ''all over the globe'' with the exception of hospitals and airplanes in flight.

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* GodTest: As a demonstration that he is a powerful alien, Klaatu is asked to stop traffic so a man can cross the street. He does so by cutting cuts power ''all over the globe'' with the exception of hospitals and airplanes in flight.
8th Nov '16 4:53:49 PM PaulA
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This film's plot was copied in the extremely similar (yet [[NarmCharm hila]][[SoBadItsGood rious]]) ''Film/Plan9FromOuterSpace''.

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This film's plot was copied in the extremely similar (yet [[NarmCharm hila]][[SoBadItsGood rious]]) ''Film/Plan9FromOuterSpace''.
8th Nov '16 9:41:20 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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This film's plot was copied in the extremely similar (yet [[NarmCharm hilarious]]) ''Film/Plan9FromOuterSpace''.

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This film's plot was copied in the extremely similar (yet [[NarmCharm hilarious]]) hila]][[SoBadItsGood rious]]) ''Film/Plan9FromOuterSpace''.
16th Jul '16 8:54:52 AM nombretomado
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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Professor Barnhardt is a clear stand-in for AlbertEinstein.

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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Professor Barnhardt is a clear stand-in for AlbertEinstein.UsefulNotes/AlbertEinstein.
12th Jun '16 11:57:51 AM Mdumas43073
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''The Day The Earth Stood Still'' is a 1951 black-and-white science fiction movie based on the short story ''Farewell to the Master''. The HumanAlien Klaatu lands in Washington DC (in a classic [[FlyingSaucer flying saucer]]) during the UsefulNotes/ColdWar era. The paranoid military shoots him, prompting his [[KillerRobot robot]] Gort to go on a rampage. Klaatu stops Gort, then tells the President of a message for all the world's leaders (who can't agree on a meeting place). Klaatu later escapes to live among the people of Earth and learns of their penchant for war -- but also of their message of peace and understanding.

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''The Day The the Earth Stood Still'' is a 1951 black-and-white science fiction movie based on the short story ''Farewell to the Master''. The HumanAlien Klaatu lands in Washington DC (in a classic [[FlyingSaucer flying saucer]]) during the UsefulNotes/ColdWar era. The paranoid military shoots him, prompting his [[KillerRobot robot]] Gort to go on a rampage. Klaatu stops Gort, then tells the President of a message for all the world's leaders (who can't agree on a meeting place). Klaatu later escapes to live among the people of Earth and learns of their penchant for war -- but also of their message of peace and understanding.
11th Mar '16 4:09:34 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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'''''The Day The Earth Stood Still''''' is a 1951 black-and-white science fiction movie based on the short story ''Farewell to the Master''. The HumanAlien Klaatu lands in Washington DC (in a classic [[FlyingSaucer flying saucer]]) during the UsefulNotes/ColdWar era. The paranoid military shoots him, prompting his [[KillerRobot robot]] Gort to go on a rampage. Klaatu stops Gort, then tells the President of a message for all the world's leaders (who can't agree on a meeting place). Klaatu later escapes to live among the people of Earth and learns of their penchant for war -- but also of their message of peace and understanding.

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'''''The ''The Day The Earth Stood Still''''' Still'' is a 1951 black-and-white science fiction movie based on the short story ''Farewell to the Master''. The HumanAlien Klaatu lands in Washington DC (in a classic [[FlyingSaucer flying saucer]]) during the UsefulNotes/ColdWar era. The paranoid military shoots him, prompting his [[KillerRobot robot]] Gort to go on a rampage. Klaatu stops Gort, then tells the President of a message for all the world's leaders (who can't agree on a meeting place). Klaatu later escapes to live among the people of Earth and learns of their penchant for war -- but also of their message of peace and understanding.
5th Jan '16 10:14:42 AM PaulA
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* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: The main twist of the movie's "alien invasion" is that Klaatu is really a peaceful ambassador sent to deliver a warning that humans need to straighten up and fly right. From the perspective of the interplanetary federation that Klaatu serves, Earth is basically ''their'' equivalent of a hostile rogue nation, with warlike tendencies and expansionist policies. Klaatu specifically says that the reason they decided to contact Earth now is because recent advances in rocketry and nuclear weapons indicated that humans were on the verge of expanding into outer space, and they feared that they would spread their aggression with them (the film was made six years before Sputnik launched). He also specifically underlines that they will not intervene in how humans conduct internal affairs on their own planet.
** A thoroughly BrokenAesop considering Klaatu arrives with zero warning, shuts down all power on Earth (with the exception of hospitals and in-flight airplanes) -- which potentially caused thousands of deaths -- all to deliver a message of complete annihilation if they do anything remotely "threatening" to a planet they didn't even know existed solely because Earth has the ''theoretical'' capability to attack them, not because of any action Earth intentionally or unintentionally made against them. This makes Klaatu's planet look extremely hostile and xenophobic, ruining the film's intended message.
** Klaatu warns humanity that if they continue on their present path of war and conflict, they will eventually become a danger to the galactic community and will have to be destroyed. The humans react aggressively towards his actions which they perceive as threatening, such as the surprise gift and the temporary (but carefully non-lethal) electricity shutoff.
18th Dec '15 1:53:35 PM ChristopherA
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** Klaatu warns humanity that if they continue on their present path of war and conflict, they will eventually become a danger to the galactic community and will have to be destroyed. The humans react aggressively towards his actions which they perceive as threatening, such as the surprise gift and the temporary (but carefully non-lethal) electricity shutoff.
19th Nov '15 4:03:17 PM Specialist290
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* HanlonsRazor: For the most part, Klaatu blames human aggression and violence on ''irresponsibility'', not malicious intent.

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* HanlonsRazor: For the most part, Klaatu blames human aggression and violence on ''irresponsibility'', not malicious intent. On the other hand, the entire purpose for his visit is to tell us that if we don't get our act together, we'll be wiped out by the galactic community for being a threat regardless.
13th Oct '15 1:16:26 AM PaulA
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%%* CrushKillDestroy: Averted

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%%* * CrushKillDestroy: AvertedPlays with the then-common robot rampage tropes. Gort's rampage is brief, has a particular goal, and occurs in complete silence in contrast to the usual depiction of rampaging robots spouting hostile catchphrases.



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%%* HumansAreBastards
%%* HumansAreMorons

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%%* HumansAreBastards
%%* HumansAreMorons
* HumansAreMorons: If Klaatu is typical, humans are a long way behind the galaxy at large technologically and scientifically. But the real problem, Klaatu suggests, is that we're so dangerously irresponsible with the technology we have.
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