The Day The Earth Stood Still

Synopsis: Dr. Helen Benson is summoned to a military facility with several other scientists when an alien spacecraft of sorts arrives in New York City. Aboard is a human-like alien and a giant robot of immense size and power. The alien identifies himself as Klaatu and says he has come to save the Earth. The US military and political authorities see him as a threat however and decide to use so-called intensive interrogation techniques on him but Dr. Benson decides to facilitate his escape. When she learns exactly what he means when he says he is there to save the Earth, she tries to convince him to change his intentions.
Director(s): Scott Derrickson
Production: 20th Century Fox
  3 wins & 5 nominations.
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- I'm a nuclear physicist.

- I'm an astronomer.

- A geologist.

- I'm an astrobiologist.

- Fossil record study?

No, microbiology.

Theories of life beyond Earth.

- All right, so we're all scientists.

- No, not me. I'm a civil engineer.

Put it all together. What do you get?

I've participated in government

mobilizations like this before.

War games and preparations

for certain scenarios...

- Is that what you think this is?

- No.

Whatever it is, it's not a game.

Your attention, please!

Make your way directly across

the courtyard to the main barracks.

Leave all your cell phones

and cameras here.

I repeat, cell phones

and cameras are not allowed inside.

Leave any cell phones and cameras here.


Can we bring her up? need to give up

your cell phones...

- Your attention, please...

- Thank you.

...make your way directly across

the courtyard to the main barracks...

- Helen.

- Hi, Michael.

- Been a long time.

- Are you behind all this?

Yes. I'm glad you came.

- It's not like I had a choice.

- Sorry about that.

I had you put on the "vital" list.

I thought it was important

to have you part of this team.


I've been keeping up with the work you've

been doing with Professor Barnhardt.

What does it have to do with this?

I'll have to crash-brief you

in the conference room.

Object 07/493 was first spotted

just beyond Jupiter's orbit

by the Spaceguard program.

It was notable for the fact that it was

not moving in an asteroidal ellipse,

but rather, it had a hyperbolic orbit

and was shooting

through our solar system.

The object was moving at speeds

of up to three times 10-to-the-seventh

meters per second.

At first, it was projected to pass

millions of miles outside of Earth's orbit.

However, we soon discovered

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David Scarpa

David Scarpa is an American screenwriter. He was born in Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and raised in Tennessee and Connecticut before attending New York University's Film Program. more…

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