THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL (1951) B/W 92m dir: Robert Wise

w/Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal, Hugh Marlowe, Sam Jaffe, Billy Gray, Frances Bavier, Lock Martin, Drew Pearson, Frank Conroy, Fay Roope

A surprisingly intense sci-fi drama with excellent production values and just about perfect casting. Rennie is an enlightened spaceman who arrives unexpectedly in Washington D.C. to warn the people of Earth against continuing their violent ways. Thoughtful rather than horrifying, with subtle anti-fascist hints scattered throughout.

From The Movie Guide: "Working from Edmund H. North's unusually literate adaptation of Harry Bates's short story 'Farewell to the Master,' Robert Wise created a classic science fiction film with a strong pacifist message. ...

"Superb performances by all involved, restrained direction by Wise, and a magnificent and innovative score by Bernard Herrmann help keep this 35-year-old film just as relevant today as it was the day it was released."