History Film / TheDayTheEarthStoodStill1951

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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* 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.
13th Oct '15 12:52:57 AM PaulA
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* ScreamingWoman: Helen is a subversion. The dramatic climax of the movie comes when she keeps a cool head and relays Klaatu's last message to Gort clearly and cool-headedly, ensuring the film's somewhat-bittersweet conclusion.

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* ScreamingWoman: Helen is a subversion. The dramatic climax of the movie comes when she keeps a cool head and relays Klaatu's last message to Gort clearly and cool-headedly, calmly, ensuring the film's somewhat-bittersweet conclusion.
12th Oct '15 1:59:54 AM maxwellsilver
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As a demonstration of power, Klaatu freezes everything mechanical in the entire world (except for airplanes in flight and hospital electronics) for exactly half an hour. (This is the event referred to in the title, though nobody calls it such within the story.) The military takes this as a sign of hostile intent and responds by hunting Klaatu down and killing him. Shortly before they catch up with him, Klaatu gives one of his newfound human friends, Helen, a message to deliver to Gort in his own language: "[[KlaatuBaradaNikto Klaatu barada nikto]]." Gort re-activates upon Klaatu's death and begins destroying the city, but Helen's message diverts Gort into retrieving Klaatu's body. The robot temporarily revives Klaatu, who tells the people of Earth of Gort's true purpose: he, and other robots like him, were built to enforce peace in the galaxy -- and if humans bring their warlike ways into space, they will be destroyed. Klaatu leaves Earth with a simple phrase to mull over: "The choice is yours."

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As a demonstration of power, Klaatu freezes everything mechanical in the entire world (except for airplanes in flight and hospital electronics) for exactly half an hour. (This is the event referred to in the title, though nobody calls it such within the story.) The military takes this as a sign of hostile intent and responds by hunting Klaatu down and killing him. Shortly before they catch up with him, Klaatu gives one of his newfound human friends, Helen, a message to deliver to Gort in his own language: "[[KlaatuBaradaNikto Klaatu "{{Klaatu barada nikto]].nikto}}." Gort re-activates upon Klaatu's death and begins destroying the city, but Helen's message diverts Gort into retrieving Klaatu's body. The robot temporarily revives Klaatu, who tells the people of Earth of Gort's true purpose: he, and other robots like him, were built to enforce peace in the galaxy -- and if humans bring their warlike ways into space, they will be destroyed. Klaatu leaves Earth with a simple phrase to mull over: "The choice is yours."
12th Oct '15 1:31:35 AM maxwellsilver
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** 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.
12th Oct '15 12:16:28 AM maxwellsilver
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* HumansAreBastards
* HumansAreMorons
* 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). It's the equivalent of if North Korea or Somalia just detonated a nuclear test bomb, and so the United Nations sends an ambassador to politely but firmly warn them that further aggressive action will result in a foreign intervention. He also specifically underlines that they will not intervene in how humans conduct internal affairs on their own planet.

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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). It's the equivalent of if North Korea or Somalia just detonated a nuclear test bomb, and so the United Nations sends an ambassador to politely but firmly warn them that further aggressive action will result in a foreign intervention. He also specifically underlines that they will not intervene in how humans conduct internal affairs on their own planet.



-->"I'm going to take this to be tested. And then I don't know if I'm going to get drunk, or quit practicing medicine all together."

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-->"I'm going to take this to be tested. And then I don't know if I'm going to get drunk, or quit practicing medicine all together.altogether."



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** Wearing a face concealing - and unnecessary - helmet and extending an unidentified object without a ''word'' of explanation is very poor First Contact protocol.

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** Wearing a face concealing - -- and unnecessary - -- helmet and extending an unidentified object without a ''word'' of explanation is very poor First Contact protocol.



* ScreamingWoman: Helen is a subversion. The dramatic climax of the movie comes when she keeps a cool head and relays Klaatu's last message to Gort clearly and cool-headedly, ensuring the film's somewhat-bittersweet conclusion

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* ScreamingWoman: Helen is a subversion. The dramatic climax of the movie comes when she keeps a cool head and relays Klaatu's last message to Gort clearly and cool-headedly, ensuring the film's somewhat-bittersweet conclusionconclusion.



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