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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.

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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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15 March 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El planeta desconocido  »

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Budget:

$1,900,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$3,000,000 (USA)
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(Perspecta Sound encoding) (Western Electric Sound System)

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(Eastmancolor) (as Eastman Color)

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2.55 : 1
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This film marked one of the first times a science fiction project had received a large budget. The genre had rarely been taken seriously by studio executives, and had generally received the most meager of budgets. The critical success of this film convinced many in the film industry that well-funded science fiction projects could be successful. Film historian Ben Mankiewicz has claimed that Forbidden Planet's success made future big-budget science fiction films possible. See more »

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The star Altair is shown as an orange-red star, eclipsed by one of its (spherical) planets. It is now known that Altair is white and is oblate, with its equatorial diameter 14% greater than its polar diameter, something that was not known when the movie was produced. See more »

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[to Altaira]
Commander John J. Adams: Alta, about a million years from now the human race will have crawled up to where the Krell stood in their great moment of triumph and tragedy. And your father's name will shine again like a beacon in the galaxy. It's true, it will remind us that we are, after all, not God.
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The Best SF Film Of The 1950s
10 June 2003 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

FORBIDDEN PLANET is the best SF film from the golden age of SF cinema and what makes it a great film is its sense of wonder . As soon as the spaceship lands the audience - via the ships human crew - travels through an intelligent and sometimes terrifying adventure . We meet the unforgetable Robbie , the mysterious Dr Morbuis , his beautiful and innocent daughter Altair and we learn about the former inhabitants of the planet - The Krell who died out overnight . Or did they ?

You can nitpick and say the planet is obviously filmed in a movie studio with painted backdrops but that adds to a sense of menace of claustraphobia I feel and Bebe and Louis Barron`s electronic music adds even more atmosphere

I`m shocked this film isn`t in the top 250 IMDB films .


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