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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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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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Sound Mix:

(Perspecta Sound encoding) (Western Electric Sound System)


(Eastmancolor) (as Eastman Color)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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The model of the "flying saucer"-style Earth space cruiser was retained by the MGM prop department and subsequently used in a number of productions on the MGM lot, including The Twilight Zone: To Serve Man (1962). Robby the Robot, his ground transporter, and crew uniforms would be used on The Twilight Zone (1959) as well. See more »


When the Monster is burning/melting the metal door, as it turns white hot and lumps start to fall, you can see a member of the crew in a heatproof suit prodding the material from behind to make it fall. Watch the second and third holes for movement behind the door. Then again, this motion could be taken to be the monster doing the poking... See more »


Commander John J. Adams: Nice climate you have here. High oxygen content.
Robby the Robot: I seldom use it myself, sir. It promotes rust.
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Yes, this IS the best sci-fi film ever made.
5 September 2004 | by (Parker, Colorado) – See all my reviews

Well, of course, "Star Wars" defined the genre, and "Alien" and "Blade Runner" perfected it; but "Forbidden Planet" created it. Argue, if you must, that movies like "The Day the Earth Stood Still", "Them" and "Five Million Years to Earth" are the cerebral grand-fathers of the film genre (and I won't disagree with you), but for "science-fiction-as-plot-driven-action-epic," this is it. This is the one.

It's so unerringly on target, in fact, that it still plays very well even today. The modern audience has to overcome the "Leslie Nielsen Factor" (and it is difficult to watch him in a totally straight role), but once you do, the movie is pure enjoyment. Forget about dated plots and special effect. Robbie the Robot is a guy in a suit, yes, but he is thoroughly believable. He even adheres nicely to Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics, a trick that the digital robots in this summer's "I, Robot" had a great deal of difficulty with.

And the monster! I defy anyone to avoid getting the willies when the monster first shorts the security fence. Great special effect, then and now!

Finally, the universal theme of man's (and Krell's) individual flaws inserting themselves into an otherwise perfect system and TOTALLY gumming up the works is as relevant today as it was then. More so.

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