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.
Rotten Tomatoes:
104 min

Thiobacillus, which,

William, is a remarkable bacterium


It's the only known organism

that lives in sulfuric acid.

That's right, and...

- Yes, Miss Rouhani?

- Deinococcus radiodurans.

First discovered in 1956, breeding

inside drums of radioactive waste.

That's correct. So, pompejana,

Thiobacillus, Deinococcus.

Which of these three

would most likely survive

in the extreme environment

of the Jupiter moon Callisto, and why?

Tom, can you get the lights, please?

That's your lab report question

for this week,

and it's due in my box

by midnight on Friday.

That's all for today. Thank you.

So, are you coming

to the faculty conference tonight?

To listen to Dean Stoff lecture

about how the universe

is like a beautiful woman?

- Think I'll pass.

- Come on. It'll be fun.

- Uh-uh.

- I could pick you up.


Can't. I have to get back

to my own extreme environment.

But thank you.

- See you tomorrow.

- Yep.

Come on. Go.

- Jacob?

- Go, go!

Come on, come on.

- Yes!

- Jacob, dinner.

- You finished your homework?

- Yes. You just killed me.

Good. Now that you're dead,

you can shut that off

and come down for dinner.

Did you order pepperoni tonight?

- No. Are these clean?

- Yeah.

We've had pizza twice this week,

so I made you a proper meal tonight,

with vegetables.

Vegetables? Ew.

Stop being such a stepmom.

Where'd you get this?

It was Dad's.

Yeah, I know. Where was it?

I found it in the downstairs bathroom.

It's mine now.


Okay. Come on, I said please shut that off.

- You didn't say "please. "

- Jacob.


- Hello?

- Helen Benson?

- Yes.

- Dr. Helen Benson?

- You're at 106 Longwood Road?

- Who is this?

Someone should be there shortly.

What do you mean,

someone's coming here? Who is this?

Everything will be

explained to you en route.

En route where?

- Hello?

- They should be there soon.

Yes, they're at your door now.

Hold on a minute.

Dr. Benson, if you'll come with us...

- What's happening?

- Everything will be explained,

but you must come with us right away.

- Am I under arrest?

- You're in Federal custody.


- What is this about?

- Everything will be explained en route.

I have a child here.

Is there anyone

who can look after the boy?

- No.

- Can his father take care of him?

No, his father isn't here.

- I can take care of myself.

- Jacob, you can't take care of yourself.

- There's just no way...

- You're coming with us, Dr. Benson.


Jacob, grab your coat.

You're gonna stay at Isabel's.

Attention, Bravo,

prepare to move out.

It's going to be okay.

Dr. Benson, there isn't much time.

Okay, we've got her. Let's go.

Two stoplights down, then left,

there's an on-ramp to the highway.

- Do you see it?

- This must be a mistake.

Helen Benson,

Social Security number 51-48-7843?

- Yeah.

- There's no mistake.

- What is this about?

- Everything will be explained.

Stop the car.

- Can you stop the car, please?

- Ma'am.

I'm not under arrest. You can't do this.

- This is a matter of national security.

- National security?

Well, that just means

whatever you want it to mean.

I'm just asking you to tell me

why I'm needed, or to let me go.

Ma'am, I can't tell you

why you're needed because I don't know.

But I know they need you,

and I know it's urgent.

How do you know that?

Where are all the cars?

- They shut down the highway.

- They shut it down?

- For what?

- For us.

- Hi. I'm Yusef.

- Helen.

Helen, do you have any idea

why this is happening to us?

- No.

- Well, think.

What do we have in common?

- What do you do for a living, Yusef?

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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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