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Day The Earth Stood Still

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Tookey's Rating
6 /10
Average Rating
7.93 /10
Michael Rennie , Patricia Neal , Hugh Marlowe
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Directed by: Robert Wise
Written by: Edmund H. North, based on a story by Harry Bates

Released: 1951
Genre: DRAMA
Origin: US
Colour: BW
Length: 92

Klaatu (Michael Rennie), an austere extra-terrestrial, arrives on earth with a warning for humanity.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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A grandiose, melodramatic title for a small-scale, thoughtful picture. Critics have always thought highly of this picture, a landmark of its time; but the special effects now look primitive and some of the acting (especially Marlowe’s) stiff. The screenplay has also dated, mainly because of its tendency to lecture. Despite its ponderous pacifism, obviously designed with an eye to the Cold War between America and the Soviet Union, it’s a grown-up drama which can still interest and entertain. Classic ingredients include impressive performances by Michael Rennie and Patricia Neal - while Bernard Herrmann adds to the supense with one of his most effective scores.

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