MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Up 2,504 this week

Forbidden Planet (1956)

7.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.7/10 from 27,546 users  
Reviews: 263 user | 110 critic

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.

Director:

(as Fred McLeod Wilcox)

Writers:

(screen play), (based on a story by), 2 more credits »
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 23 titles
created 14 May 2011
 
a list of 28 titles
created 15 Aug 2011
 
a list of 35 titles
created 30 Apr 2012
 
a list of 40 titles
created 7 months ago
 
a list of 43 titles
created 3 months ago
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Forbidden Planet (1956)

Forbidden Planet (1956) on IMDb 7.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Forbidden Planet.

User Polls

Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Adventure | Mystery | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

An astronaut crew crash lands on a planet in the distant future where intelligent talking apes are the dominant species, and humans are the oppressed and enslaved.

Director: Franklin J. Schaffner
Stars: Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter
Horror | Mystery | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

In the English village of Midwich, the blond-haired, glowing-eyed children of uncertain paternity prove to have frightening powers.

Director: Wolf Rilla
Stars: George Sanders, Barbara Shelley, Martin Stephens
The Fly (1958)
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A scientist has a horrific accident when he tries to use his newly invented teleportation device.

Director: Kurt Neumann
Stars: David Hedison, Patricia Owens, Vincent Price
Moon (2009)
Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Astronaut Sam Bell has a quintessentially personal encounter toward the end of his three-year stint on the Moon, where he, working alongside his computer, GERTY, sends back to Earth parcels of a resource that has helped diminish our planet's power problems.

Director: Duncan Jones
Stars: Sam Rockwell, Kevin Spacey, Dominique McElligott
Adventure | Mystery | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Humanity finds a mysterious, obviously artificial, object buried beneath the Lunar surface and, with the intelligent computer H.A.L. 9000, sets off on a quest.

Director: Stanley Kubrick
Stars: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester
Donnie Darko (2001)
Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a large bunny rabbit that manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after narrowly escaping a bizarre accident.

Director: Richard Kelly
Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Mary McDonnell
Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A group of scientists investigates a deadly new alien virus before it can spread.

Director: Robert Wise
Stars: James Olson, Arthur Hill, David Wayne
Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A man named Zac Hobson awakens to find himself alone in the world, and In a desperate attempt to search for other's he finds only two who have their own agenda .

Director: Geoff Murphy
Stars: Bruno Lawrence, Alison Routledge, Pete Smith
Dark City (1998)
Mystery | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A man struggles with memories of his past, including a wife he cannot remember, in a nightmarish world with no sun and run by beings with telekinetic powers who seek the souls of humans.

Director: Alex Proyas
Stars: Rufus Sewell, Kiefer Sutherland, Jennifer Connelly
K-PAX (2001)
Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Prot is a patient at a mental hospital who claims to be from a far away Planet. His psychiatrist tries to help him, only to begin to doubt his own explanations.

Director: Iain Softley
Stars: Kevin Spacey, Jeff Bridges, Mary McCormack
The Thing (1982)
Horror | Mystery | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Scientists in the Antarctic are confronted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of the people that it kills.

Director: John Carpenter
Stars: Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, Keith David
Event Horizon (1997)
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A rescue crew investigates a spaceship that disappeared into a black hole and has now returned...with someone or something new on-board.

Director: Paul W.S. Anderson
Stars: Laurence Fishburne, Sam Neill, Kathleen Quinlan
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
Chief Quinn
...
Cook
...
George Wallace ...
Bosun
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
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

planet | monster | spaceship | genius | kiss | See more »

Taglines:

IT'S OUT OF THIS WORLD! (original print ad - all caps) See more »


Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

15 March 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Forbidden Planet  »

Box Office

Budget:

$1,900,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$3,000,000 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Perspecta Sound encoding) (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

(Eastmancolor) (as Eastman Color)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

First mainstream film to have the music performed entirely by electronic instruments. See more »

Goofs

The monster leaves a flat footprint, yet the cast of the footprint shows a huge curving claw and other three dimensional structures that could not possibly have been gleaned from the outline of a flat footprint. See more »

Quotes

Commander John J. Adams: Dr. Morbius, just what were the symptoms of all those other deaths, the unnatural ones I mean.
Dr. Edward Morbius: The symptoms were striking Commander. One by one in spite of every safeguard my co-workers were torn literally limb from limb.
Commander John J. Adams: By what?
Dr. Edward Morbius: By some devilish thing that never once showed itself.
Commander John J. Adams: And the Bellerophon?
Dr. Edward Morbius: Vaporized as the three remaining survivors tried to take her off.
Commander John J. Adams: And yet in all these 19 years you personally have never again been bothered by this planetary force?
Dr. Edward Morbius: Only in nightmares of ...
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Atlantis, the Lost Continent (1961) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Still my favorite sci-fi film
22 October 1998 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

A number of factors make it easy for me to state that I still think this is the most important science fiction film ever made, despite some of the acting, outdated dialogue etc.

First, there is the scale of imagination in describing the Krell, a humanoid race native to the planet, now all dead, who were 1 million years more advanced than Earth humans(us), and their technology, particularly the 8,000 cubic mile machine.

Second, there is the music and sound effects, which are inseparable from each other. It creates an eerie, unearthly feeling, unlike "2001", which had traditional classical music.

Third, its "monster" is not only the most powerful and deadly ever envisioned, it's also based on real science and doesn't break the laws of physics and biology.

Finally, and most importantly, Forbidden Planet is the only movie ever made that attempts and, more incredibly, succeeds in making an honest, intelligent and mercilessly logical statement on the limits or ceiling of human (or any other biological entity's) development, no matter how long we survive as a species.

In other words, it predicts our inevitable destiny.


65 of 79 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
No comments before 2013? WTF? aventer-1
'No beer, no women, no pool parlors . . . ' curlew-2
Similar movies in deep space? CaptainViggo
Emergency cancellation Archimedes roryimdb
Just saw the Blu-ray version skiefling
Influence on Roddenberry ButchCassidyLives
Discuss Forbidden Planet (1956) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?