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Forbidden Planet (1956)

Passed  |   |  Action, Adventure, Family  |  15 March 1956 (USA)
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A starship crew goes to investigate the silence of a planet's colony only to find two survivors and a deadly secret that one of them has.


(as Fred McLeod Wilcox)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
George Wallace ...
Robert Dix ...
Crewman Grey (as Bob Dix)
Jimmy Thompson ...
Crewman Youngerford
Crewman Strong
Harry Harvey Jr. ...
Crewman Randall
Roger McGee ...
Crewman Lindstrom
Peter Miller ...
Crewman Moran


When Adams and his crew are sent to investigate the silence from a planet inhabited by scientists, he finds all but two have died. Dr. Morbius and his daughter Altaira have somehow survived a hideous monster which roams the planet. Unknown to Adams, Morbius has made a discovery, and has no intention of sharing it (or his daughter!) with anyone. Written by Rob Hartill

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Release Date:

15 March 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Alarm im Weltall  »

Box Office


$1,900,000 (estimated)


$3,000,000 (USA)

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(Perspecta Sound encoding) (Western Electric Sound System)


(Eastmancolor) (as Eastman Color)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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The name "Morbius" is the German pronunciation (more or less) of the name "Möbiis" (ike "Goethe" is pronounced by English speakers as "Ghortah"). Möbiis can also be spelled "Moebius". The möbius "strip" is a strip of material of which one end is given a half twist before fastening the ends together. This results in the strip technically having only one surface and one boundary. It was discovered in 1856 by German mathematicians August F. Möbius and Johann B. Listing. Of course, by spelling the German name the way it is pronounced in English, there is also the pun on "morbid" which is an adjective meaning "an abnormal and unhealthy fascination with unusual subjects, usually death and/and or disease". "Subconscious lust for death and destruction" would qualify. See more »


When Commander Adams leaves Lt. Ostrow to go outside the living quarters to see Altaira in the swimming pool, we hear a film crew member cough. See more »


[Lt. Farman offers the brilliant but innocent Altaira some sugar for her coffee]
Altaira: But you keep helping me. After all, you're not Robby.
Lt. Farman: [chuckles] I wouldn't mind being Robby in certain ways. Uh, that's only in *certain* ways, of course.
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Gets better as it gets older
27 January 2002 | by (Las Vegas, Nevada) – See all my reviews

While not re-treading the comments or plot summaries of other IMDB users, I thought I'd say that this particular film does get better as it gets older. While ground-breaking on it's release in 1956, the visual "look" of this film has grown over the 46 years since it first arrived.

True to the pulp sci-fi of its day, the art direction has mellowed into an archetype that has not been bettered to this date. MGM put a surprising amount of money into the production values (similar to, but better than Universal's "This Island Earth"). This is a living "cover art". The indelible images of the saucer passing through space, landing on Altair-4, Robby, and the disintegrating tiger linger long in collective memory.

This must be seen on the big screen if possible, and in the original Cinemascope format. I've been lucky enough to see it (it was re-released in the 70's on a double bill with George Pal's "The Time Machine"), and the power it carries in scenes such as the Krell machines and the attack of the Id Monster are truly impressive. Watching it on a television just doesn't come close, although the "letterboxed" version is better than nothing. I am a poster collector, and even the advertising material for this film is exceptional. I see the one-sheet for it every day in my living room, and have never grown tired of it. "AMAZING!" is what is says, and for once they got it right. A true classic of it's type.

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