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Klaatu… BehindtheScenesPicoftheDay… Nikto!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

I’m on my way out the door for a last minute road trip to visit… something… one state over from me, but before I jump into the Orca and head out I wanted to make sure this big boy got posted.

How could I risk being late with these pics, from one of the most iconic sci-fi scenes of all time? Today we feature The Day the Earth Stood Still directed by the great Robert Wise.

There’s a whole generation that thinks Bruce Campbell and Sam Raimi came up with Klaatu Barada Nikto, but not true good sirs and madams. That’s the “don’t kill the earth, please” password from this very film, lovingly homaged by Raimi and co in Army of Darkness.

In an era of the cheesiest of the cheesy science fiction flicks The Day the Earth Stood Still stand above the rest thanks mainly to its central message. Without being preachy about it the filmmakers just want y’all to get along… or die. It’s a great sci-fi conceit as it pits two of humanities core instincts against each other. We’re programmed to survive and to fight… so when these aliens show up and give us an ultimatum, live in peace or die, how do we reconcile that?

Below you’ll find two shots from the making of this fantastic film, both of the iconic spaceship and the equally iconic Gort, with Michael Rennie appearing in the second shot.

Thanks to Chris Murphy for sending these along! Enjoy!




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Tomorrow’s behind the scenes pic has been pooshing too many pan-seals.

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  • May 19, 2011, 2:32 p.m. CST


    by mattforce7

    ive got a stiffy fr this one

  • May 19, 2011, 2:32 p.m. CST

    Return of the Jedi

    by sith_rising

    if you're an 80's kid, when you see Klaatu Badada Nikto you immediately think of Jabba's ugly henchmen

  • May 19, 2011, 2:33 p.m. CST

    and first

    by mattforce7

    i was able to read the entire thing....aren't i special?...not

  • May 19, 2011, 2:35 p.m. CST

    Close to being first!

    by Carolinamaestro

    Don't forget the score by the late, great Bernard Herrmann!!!!!!!

  • May 19, 2011, 2:41 p.m. CST

    Damn fascist alien robots

    by Cold_V

  • May 19, 2011, 2:46 p.m. CST


    by MotherPussBucket

    Deglecto Brosco!

  • May 19, 2011, 2:49 p.m. CST

    Awww...YEAH! Loves me some Gort!

    by Clavius

    When that visor slid silently up and that glowing "eye" started pulsing, you knew Gort was about to past-tense your ass. Gort scared the bejezus out of me as a lad, and he still sends a tingle down my spine to this day. One of the best SF films there ever was and ever will be. Great pics today!

  • May 19, 2011, 2:50 p.m. CST

    Just a suggestion

    by Raskolnikov_was_framed

    sometimes I don't want to read the entire writeup just want to see what movie then look at the picture...put the name of the movie the pic is from in BOLD in the body of the writeup...obviously I knew what flick this was right away but some I don't, and you sometimes mention 4 or 5 different movies in your write ups so I have to reread it a couple times to get it. Obviously if anyone pays attention they can figure it out but making it a little easier for people who just like to skim the blurbs wouldn't hurt

  • May 19, 2011, 2:52 p.m. CST

    Um, Quint...

    by S-Mart shopper

    Bruce Campbell and Sam Raimi DID come up with the famous line. In picture #2 you can CLEARLY see Sam behind Michael Rennie and Bruce is almost unmistakable as Gort. Look at the chin, Quint. The CHIN!

  • May 19, 2011, 2:56 p.m. CST

    Michael Rennie

    by MotherPussBucket

    Not bad for a car salesman from Yorkshire. I love the way the ramp slides out of the ship in the movie. They say in the that they 'can't find a single crack' and I'll be damned if I can spot one before it slides out.

  • May 19, 2011, 3 p.m. CST

    Thank God...

    by ENIK REED

    It wasn't a ARMY OF DARKNESS pic. Nothing against it because I do love and enjoy it, but living in Michigan, all the newbies have made me sick to death of that movie. Too bad cause Sam is the Man, and no one ever seems to wanna talk about how amazing ED1 is.

  • May 19, 2011, 3:06 p.m. CST

    Im just wonderin'...

    by Naboo_the_Enigma

    Gort Vs. The Destroyer in Thor... Who'd win?

  • May 19, 2011, 3:07 p.m. CST

    I have seen this many times

    by disfigurehead

    The Canoe Reeves version I saw on a plane and I never want to see it again.

  • May 19, 2011, 3:07 p.m. CST

    LOVE this movie.

    by MoffatBabies


  • May 19, 2011, 3:11 p.m. CST

    Gort's design is so amazing.

    by WriteForTheEdit

    Simple, elegant, and still terrifying, when that visor starts to open... Awesome and man-in-suit FTW!!!!!!

  • May 19, 2011, 3:17 p.m. CST


    by Ryan

  • May 19, 2011, 3:23 p.m. CST

    "DEEL-lun!!! You son of a Behind The Scenes Pic Of The Day!"

    by Squinty CGI Flynn

  • May 19, 2011, 3:25 p.m. CST

    Giant Gort from the remake was its only bright spot.

    by JackieJokeman

    I had refused to see the movie but happened to flip to it on tv just as the scientists were trying to drill into Gort. Thought Gort looked pretty great! ... then it changed into a cloud. I changed the channel.

  • May 19, 2011, 3:28 p.m. CST

    watch this instead of any Keanu abomination.

    by Phategod100


  • May 19, 2011, 3:49 p.m. CST

    In the original, Gort killed only...

    by professor murder

    TWO people. That's it? ahhhhh....

  • May 19, 2011, 4:23 p.m. CST

    Love the film noir look that Wise gave this film -

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    the stark black and white and deep focus. And a Bernard Herrmann score with a therimin?! FTW

  • May 19, 2011, 4:32 p.m. CST

    Very Cool

    by cat

  • May 19, 2011, 4:32 p.m. CST

    What a great movie!!

    by AsimovLives

    Damn this movie is good! Robert Wise knew what he was doing whenever he directed. Listen to his audio comentary with Nicholas Meyer on this movie's DVD, it's a very enlightning and very interesting. Also the fun that is to see the directors of the two best ST movies ever made together talking with each other like old friends.

  • May 19, 2011, 4:38 p.m. CST


    by kravmaguffin

    Original Gort so much better than CGI Gort! GFY

  • Finally showed my wife this version last week. I like the reverse ricochet sound-effect they used for Gort's vaporizing. Very Looney Tunes.

  • May 19, 2011, 5:11 p.m. CST

    My Dad insisted that I watch this...

    by Billyeveryteen

    As well as Night of the Living Dead. God rest his genius soul.

  • May 19, 2011, 5:19 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    You have a cool dad.

  • the magic while coughing in order to trick the Necronomicon because he doesnt remember the phrase.rofl.

  • May 19, 2011, 6:52 p.m. CST


    by DirtyDingusMegee

    I thought the exact same thing

  • May 19, 2011, 7:09 p.m. CST

    The story of Christ via sci-fi!

    by sweeneydave

    A peaceful protagonist comes to earth from the heavens to tell people to love one another or else mankind's hatred and destruction will become too powerful NOT to contain by drastic means. While on earth, he causes miraculous things to happen which the world sees as threat. In the end he is killed by the very people he is trying to save. But then he is resurrected long enough to give his final message before journeying back to the heavens. There's something very familiar about this story....

  • Unfortunately, you can't swing a dead cat these days without smacking someone so stupid they deserve a beating for breathing my air.

  • May 19, 2011, 8:19 p.m. CST

    Dude the fucking Russians used children in a saucer

    by UltraTron

    to try and scare us. True bizarre stories of Roswell. Not fucking kidding you. They had a saucer craft and they loaded it with kids posing as aliens and sent it to America. True shit. That is Fuuuuuuuuuucked up.

  • May 19, 2011, 8:21 p.m. CST

    The remake of this tops batman and robin for ultimate shit.

    by UltraTron

    Even tops Catwoman and Hercules in new york. It's not even a whole movie. Just peters out

  • Don't get me wrong...the transfer on the Blu-Ray is stunning. But now the wire harness supporting Patricia Neal (who never looked more beautiful in a movie) as Gort "carries" her into the spaceship, which was only *sorta* noticable in the DVD version, is now EXTREMELY noticable. As against the use of CGI to smooth out technical gaffes in old movies as I am, I had to chuckle a bit watching that scene again on Blu recently. Gotta love that Herrmann score. Those wailing theremins *still* creep me out.

  • May 19, 2011, 10:21 p.m. CST

    AND the guy with the mop is...

    by JethroBodine

    It’s not the clearest shot in the world, but you can definitely tell (especially when you click on the bigger image) that the man with the mop is Fred Astaire!!!

  • May 19, 2011, 11:19 p.m. CST

    Just wanted to point out...


    Quint said he's visiting "something" one state over from him. I believe Quint lives in Texas. New Mexico is Texas' neighbor to the west. The Avengers is filming in New Mexico. These are the facts; draw your own conclusions.

  • May 20, 2011, 5:52 a.m. CST

    Nasty in the Pasty

    by Rebel Scumb

    While I agree, wouldn't that mean they would also have been visible in the original theatrical projection?

  • May 20, 2011, 10:28 a.m. CST

    I watched the remake for the first time last week out of morbid curiosity.

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    It was terrible. I've said it before, and I'll say it again, CGI does not a movie make. I guess GORT was able to reform himself for Thor.

  • May 20, 2011, 10:40 a.m. CST

    This Cabinet Minister...

    by gksquire9

    Does he always travel on the wrong side of The Behind Scenes Pic of The Day???

  • May 20, 2011, 11:09 a.m. CST

    I love it when Aunt Bee says:

    by Damned if I can login

    "There's nothing strange about Washington, DC." These days I find that line humorous on *so* many levels...

  • May 20, 2011, 12:40 p.m. CST

    Let's not forget that Klaatu and Barada are characters...

    by Royston Lodge Return of the Jedi. And Nikto was the name of Klaatu's species. I'm just sayin'...

  • May 20, 2011, 3:59 p.m. CST

    "Klaatu, Nikto" I thought it was going to be a BTS pic of..

    by chrismata

    Evil Dead

  • May 20, 2011, 8:04 p.m. CST

    GORT pawns all

    by blueant

    This movie still the greatest.

  • May 21, 2011, 5:24 a.m. CST

    Re sweeney dave Story of Chist

    by Chris

    Not to mention that the Alien was named Mr. Carpenter

  • May 22, 2011, 11:07 a.m. CST

    Why is it referred to the 'Keanu Abomination'?

    by Tikidonkeypunch

    Jayden was clearly the weakest link in that movie. That is the whole reason I don't like the little brat.