The Day the Earth Stood Still Movie Quotes

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Robert Wise directed this classic science fiction movie released in 1951. Edmund H. North wrote the screenplay based on the short story Farewell to the Master by Harry Bates, which was published in Astounding Science-Fiction in 1940.






Drew Pearson: The rumors of invading armies and mass destruction are based on hysteria and are absolutely false. I repeat, these rumors are absolutely false.




Klaatu:[just before a soldier shoots him] We have come to visit you in peace, and with goodwill.




Mr. Harley: Naturally, we are very curious to know where you come from.
Klaatu: From another planet. Let's just say that we're neighbors.




Klaatu: I'm not concerned with the internal affairs of your planet. My mission here is not to solve your petty squabbles. It concerns the existence of every last creature on Earth.




Doctor: Says their medicine's much more advanced. He was very nice about it, but he made me feel like a third-class witch doctor.




Mr. Harley: Your impatience is quite understandable.
Klaatu: I'm impatient with stupidity. My people have learned to live without it.
Mr. Harley: I'm afraid my people haven't. I'm very sorry... I wish it were otherwise.




Bobby: [indicating his father's grave during a visit to Arlington] That's my father. He was killed at Anzio.
Klaatu: Did all those people die in wars?
Bobby: Most of 'em. Didn't you ever hear of the Arlington Cemetery?
Klaatu: No, I'm afraid not.
Bobby: You don't seem to know much about anything, do you, Mr. Carpenter?
Klaatu: Well, I'll tell you, Bobby, I've been away a long time. Very far away.
Bobby: Is it different where you've been? Don't they have places like this?
Klaatu: Well, they have cemeteries, but not like this one. You see, they don't have any wars.
Bobby: Gee, that's a good idea.




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Klaatu: Do you think they'd accept these?
Bobby: Gee, they look like diamonds!
Klaatu: In some places, those are what people use for money. They're easier to carry and don't wear out.
Bobby: I'll bet they're worth a million dollars.




Klaatu: I am fearful when I see people substituting fear for reason.




Klaatu: You have faith, Professor Barnhardt?
Professor Barnhardt: It isn't faith that makes good science, Mr. Klaatu, it's curiosity. Sit down, please. There are several thousand questions I'd like to ask you.




Professor Barnhardt: One thing, Mr. Klaatu: suppose this group should reject your proposals. What is the alternative?
Klaatu: I'm afraid there is no alternative. In such a case, the planet Earth would have to be... eliminated.
Professor Barnhardt: Such power exists?
Klaatu: I assure you, such power exists.




Military HQ: As far as we can tell, power's been cut off everywhere, with a few exceptions. And even these exceptions are remarkable - hospitals, planes in flight, that sort of thing.




Klaatu: I'm worried about Gort. I'm afraid of what he might do if anything should happen to me.
Helen Benson: Gort? But he's a robot. Without you, what could he do?
Klaatu: There's no limit to what he could do. He could destroy the Earth.




Helen Benson: Gort. Klaatu barada nikto.




Klaatu: I am leaving soon, and you will forgive me if I speak bluntly. The universe grows smaller every day, and the threat of aggression by any group, anywhere, can no longer be tolerated. There must be security for all — or no one is secure... This does not mean giving up any freedom except the freedom to act irresponsibly.

Your ancestors knew this when they made laws to govern themselves — and hired policemen to enforce them. We of the other planets have long accepted this principle. We have an organization for the mutual protection of all planets — and for the complete elimination of aggression. A sort of United Nations on the Planetary level... The test of any such higher authority, of course, is the police force that supports it. For our policemen, we created a race of robots — Their function is to patrol the planets — in space ships like this one — and preserve the peace. In matters of aggression we have given them absolute power over us. This power can not be revoked. At the first sign of violence they act automatically against the aggressor. And the penalty for provoking their action is too terrible to risk.

The result is that we live in peace, without arms or armies, secure in the knowledge that we are free from aggression and war — free to pursue more profitable enterprises. Now, we do not pretend to have achieved perfection, but we do have a system, and it works. I came here to give you these facts. It is no concern of ours how you run your own planet, but if you threaten to extend your violence, this Earth of yours will be reduced to a burned-out cinder. Your choice is simple: join us and live in peace, or pursue your present course and face obliteration. We shall be waiting for your answer. The decision rests with you.




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