G | | Drama, Sci-Fi
An alien lands and tells the people of Earth that they must live peacefully or be destroyed as a danger to other planets.
During the early phases of pre-production for The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), 20th Century-Fox studio chief Darryl F. Zanuck suggested Jack Palance for the role of the robot Gort. The role was eventually filled by a much taller non-actor.
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Klaatu states that his people have given their interstellar police - robots like Gort - absolute power in matters of aggression. He says that their power cannot be revoked. Yet Klaatu overrides Gort when he stops him from melting more of the tanks and weapons at the beginning of the film, right after Klaatu is shot. So it looks like Gort's programming can, in fact, be changed, which makes a mockery of Klaatu's assertion that the existence of Gort (and others like him) is what ensures peace on Klaatu's planet.
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