domingo, 28 de dezembro de 2008

The Day the Earth Stood Still - Script original


BRITISH ANNOUNCER
Reports are coming in from all over
the Empire -- from all over the world.
The Government have not yet issued a
statement, but there seems to be no
question that there actually is a
large, unidentified object circling
the earth at incredible speed.

This announcer keeps talking, but his voice fades out, and
now we hear the words the American announcer is saying...

AMERICAN ANNOUNCER
(staccato with excitement)
We still don't know what it is or
where it's from –- but we do know
there's something there. It's been
tracked around the world by radar
traveling at a rate of four thousand
miles an hour.


MED. CLOSE SHOT

Several people on the steps of the Smithsonian have turned
to look. There is cold, frozen fear in their eyes. The awful
sound keeps increasing in volume.

CLOSE SHOT

A man, following the progress of a huge object in the sky
with his eyes. He is held terror-stricken.

LONG SHOT INTO SKY (SERSEN SHOT)

A giant shape, still at some distance, is approaching the
earth at incredible speed.

LONG SHOT ON GROUND

A group of people run wildly across a large expanse of lawn.
A huge shadow cast from above onto the grass seems to be
pursing them.

CLOSE SHOT - GORT

From inside him there comes an ominous crackling sound, as
though power were being generated within him. His eyes flash
toward the tank from which Klaatu was shot.

MED. CLOSE SHOT - TANK

There is a great metallic clatter and the Sherman tank is
suddenly reduced to a pile of junk metal, its parts completely
disintegrated. Only a piece of tank track and twisted gun
barrel emerge from the heap on the ground to identify what
had been there. The tank's crew has remained unharmed.

CLOSE SHOT - GORT

The crackling sound continues as his eyes start to sweep in
a semicircle taking in all the troops.

MED. SHOT - THE TROOPS

SHOOTING FROM BEHIND Gort, with the back of his head in f.g.,
CAMERA PANS to follow Gort's sweeping gaze. In a growing
crash and clatter of metal, every weapon in sight is
destroyed. The two machine guns are little heaps of junk.
The 75's are larger heaps. The second tank, like the first,
is a three-foot pile of scrap. Rifles have dropped from the
soldier's hands and lie on the ground as little mounds of
wood and metal. None of the men has been harmed, but their
faces show the utter terror of what they have experienced.


INT. SMALL CORRIDOR - SPACE SHIP

CAMERA FOLLOWS as Gort carries Helen through the dimly lighted
corridor into the main cabin, where he flips a switch that
lights up the cabin. The robot proceeds to a small door
leading off the main cabin and disappears with Helen inside
it.

INT. SMALL CABIN - FULL SHOT

This is revealed as a weirdly equipped laboratory, the walls
of which are lined with the most complex array of mechanical
and electronic apparatus. Gort sets Helen down on a stool
and indicates for her to stay there. Too terrified to move,
Helen watches as he busies himself with the apparatus. He
starts flipping switches and turning dials. As a result,
lights begin to flash and there's a strange series of
mechanical noises.

CLOSE SHOT - HELEN

Unable to guess the reason for these preparations, she is
gripped with a terrible fear.

KLAATU
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--
(indicating Gort)
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.

MED. CLOSE SHOT - GORT

emphasizing his great size and inscrutable expression. The
normal blinking of his piercing eyes as he gazes imperturbably
at the audience is his only movement.

KLAATU'S VOICE
(over scene)
At the first sign of violence they act automatically against the
aggressor. And the penalty for provoking their action is too terrible to risk.

CLOSE SHOT - KLAATU

KLAATU
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.
(after a pause)
We do not pretend to have achieved perfection
-- but we do have a system --
and it works.
(with straightforward candor)
I came here to give you the 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.

QUICK REACTION CUTS

of four delegates, reflecting their stark terror and bewilderment.
And a cut of the Colonel and the soldiers, impressed and held by what Klaatu is saying.

MED. CLOSE SHOT - KLAATU

CAMERA MOVES SLOWLY as he concludes quietly, incisively.

KLAATU
Your choice is simple. Join us and live in peace. Or pursue your present
course -- and face obliteration.
(after a pause)
We will be waiting for your answer.
Decision rests with you.


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