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The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

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The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

The Day the Earth Stood Still is the 1951 science fiction classic directed by Robert Wise. The film's plot revolves around an alien who has arrived on Earth with a message that could affect the survival of the human race. The film was based on the Harry Bates short story Farewell to the Master and a feature film remake starring Keanu Reeves was released in 2008.

The following weapons were used in the film The Day the Earth Stood Still:



Soldiers draw M1911A1 pistols when confronting Klaatu. A tank crewman uses one to shoot Klaatu.

M1911A1 - .45 ACP
The clearly nervous tanker keeps his M1911 trained on Klaatu.
The tanker fires reflexively when Klaatu draws a "weapon" (later revealed to be a peace offering).
Other soldiers with their M1911's drawn in response to Gort's sudden appearance.


M1 Carbine

Soldiers are armed with M1 Carbines. Gort famously melts these rifles from the soldiers' hands to show that he has come to bring peace.

Korean War Era M1 Carbine, with Birch Stock, Adjustable sight, bayonet lug, and twin magazine pouch - .30 Carbine. Most of the World War II variations of the M1 Carbine were sent back to the Military Arsenals and retrofitted with the Bayonet Lug and adjustable rear sight. This is the version seen after late 1945 and all the way until the 1960s. This version is seen most often in World War II movies, despite being anachronistic for most World War II battles
Soldiers aim their M1 Carbines at the landed spaceship.
Gort, in response to Klaatu's wounding, fires a laser beam from his eye-visor that strikes the soldiers' weapons.
The soldiers stare down in shock as their M1 Carbines disintegrate. (They don't, although a severely peeved Gort does later completely disintegrate two unfortunate guards.)

Machine Guns

Browning M1917 Machine Gun

Soldiers are seen manning a Browning M1917 machine gun.

Browning M1917 - .30-06.
Two soldiers set up the M1917.

M2HB Browning Machine Gun

Browning M2HB machine guns are mounted on many Army vehicles, most notably some of the Jeeps that pursue Klaatu's taxi cab through the city.

Browning M2HB on vehicle mount - .50 BMG
A Browning is visible mounted on the tank turret.
Browning mounted on a Jeep.

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