The Day the Earth Stood Still

Question: If Klaatu chooses to save the policeman that he injures/kills, and seemingly has the power to do this as many times as he wishes, why does he let the man using the Polygraph die?

Chosen answer: He wasn't sensitive enough to earth people at that time. He came for a job.

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Question: When Klaatu and Professor Barnhardt are writing on the black board together, are they solving something that we just haven't solved yet, and so answering this question is hopeless, or does anybody know what it is they are supposedly solving, it looks to be something to do with an event horizon.

Chosen answer: As in the original 1951 movie, Professor Barnhardt has an equation on the board that suggests (theorizes) that space travel through inter-dimensional universes is possible. Klaatu solves the mathematical equation thereby proving that, not only is it possible, but that's how he got there. This was brought out in the original movie.

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Answer: The equation Klaatu finds on the professor's blackboard is real - an in joke for mathematicians: the "Three Body Problem" seeks to account for all possible relationships among three objects in space (Landon 85).

Question: Was it just me or did the Earth not stand still in this film at all? And also can you explain the film's events to me.

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Chosen answer: No, it sure didn't. It's just a figure of speech referring to everyone's attention being focused on the alien sphere. In the opening of the film, a man's genetic material is harvested in order to grow a body for a member of an alien race to inhabit. Many years later, this alien individual comes to Earth to warn the population that their violent nature has marked them for termination now that they have developed space travel and their violence poses a threat to the rest of the universe. They must stop immediately to avoid this fate. The alien ambassador is attacked before he can deliver this message, rather proving the point he came to make. His robotic guardian is provoked to the point of initiating the extinction sequence, and a small group of humans sets out to prove to him that the human race is worth saving before it is too late.

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Question: Exactly what Bach music plays at Professor Barnhardt's that Klaatu seems to be impressed so much by? And, what Latin phrase is shown hanging from the wall in his (Nobel?) prize plaque?

Chosen answer: The Latin phrase on the Nobel prize: "Inventas Vitam Juvat Excoluisse Per Artes" means "Let us improve life through science and art"

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Quotes

Polygraph Operator: I'm going to ask you a series of control questions. Are you currently in a seated position?
Klaatu: Yes.
Polygraph Operator: Are you human?
Klaatu: My body is.
Polygraph Operator: Do you feel pain?
Klaatu: My body does.
Polygraph Operator: Are you aware of an impending attack on the planet earth?
Klaatu: You should let me go.

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Mistakes

As Klaatu is walking down the train platform at Newark Penn Station, in the background you can see signs that say "VIA". VIA is the national railway of Canada and does not have a presence in New Jersey. This scene was filmed in Canada, as evidenced by the signs on the platform and the 1950s style streamlined passenger cars on the track. Neither Amtrak nor NJ Transit uses those type of cars in their trains.

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Trivia

When Klaatu is shown on the tv as an escaped convict, the phone number shown to call to report him is not the usual 1-800-555 number, rather it is 1-800-472-0391 which is the Alaska Weather Information Hotline.

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