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Klaatu Barada Nikto My Dad asked me to watch this 'old' movie with him . . i thought it would suck! I mean, it had this lame-looking 'spaceman' with his protector, Gort. Boy was i wrong! This classic stars Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal, Hugh Marlowe, and Sam Jaffe and tells the story of a humanoid alien who comes to Earth to warn its leaders not to take their conflicts into space, or they will face lethal consequences (it even has "Aunt Bee" from the Andy Griffiths Show!!)
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Added: 15th July 2007
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Posted By: Teresa
Posted by: Lambchop on 2007-07-15 
Klaatu Barada Nikto!! weren't those the words that Particia Neal had to say to Gort to stop the destruction of Earth?
Posted by: Fallen Anjel on 2007-07-23 
Great movie! Saw it a few times on tv. :)
Posted by: Naomi on 2007-08-04 
Classic. The little boy was played by Billy Gray as Bobby, the same actor who portrayed Bud in Father Knows Best.
Posted by: Dezurtdude on 2007-08-14 
One of my all time favorite 50's alien flicks.
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2008-01-27 
I saw this on TV about three weeks ago. I generally don't like sci-fi movies, but this one had a certain appeal.
Posted by: Teresa on 2008-01-27 
i know what u mean, Lava . .it's a little campy, but still a great movie!! And, now for a little TRIVA:

*The role of Klaatu was originally intended for Claude Rains.

*The role of Gort was played by Lock Martin, the doorman from Grauman's Chinese, because he was extremely tall, but was unable to pick up Helen because he was so weak and had to be aided by wires. (In shots from the back where he's carrying her, it's actually a lightweight dummy in his arms.) He also had difficulty with the heavy Gort suit and could only stay in it for about half an hour at a time.

*There were two Gort suits: one that laced up down the back for when he had his front to the camera, another that laced up in the front for the shots of his back.

*The phrase Klaatu barada nikto has become a popular phrase among sci-fi fans over the years and has been featured in other movies; see also Army of Darkness (1993).

*To increase the sense of reality, some of the most famous broadcast journalists of the time were hired to do cameos as themselves. These included Gabriel Heatter, H. V. Kaltenborn and Drew Pearson.

*Patricia Neal has admitted in interviews that she was completely unaware during the filming that the film would turn out so well and become one of the great science-fiction classics of all time. She assumed it would be just another one of the then-current and rather trashy flying saucer films that were popular at the time, and she found it difficult to keep a straight face while saying her lines.

*One of the reasons that Michael Rennie was cast as Klaatu was because he was generally unknown to American audiences, and would be more readily accepted as an alien than a more recognizable actor.

*Some reference works state that Superman actor George Reeves appeared as a television news reporter with eyeglasses in one sequence. This is not true. The actor playing the role bears no resemblance to Reeves, and in a 1995 interview with Reeves biographer 'Jim Beaver' , director Robert Wise stated unequivocally that it is not Reeves in the role. It appears that someone jumped to conclusions based on the image of a reporter wearing glasses and thus resembling roughly the image of Superman alter-ego Clark Kent. George Reeves had nothing to do with the film in any capacity.

Posted by: Marty6697 on 2008-01-27 
Teresa! Your Trivia is Awesome. Love It!
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