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Forbidden Planet (1956)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Romance | 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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George Wallace ...
Robert Dix ...
Crewman Grey (as Bob Dix)
Jimmy Thompson ...
Crewman Youngerford
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Crewman Strong
Harry Harvey Jr. ...
Crewman Randall
Roger McGee ...
Crewman Lindstrom
Peter Miller ...
Crewman Moran
Morgan Jones ...
Crewman Nichols
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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

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15 March 1956 (USA)  »

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$1,900,000 (estimated)

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

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(photographed in) (Eastman Color)

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2.55 : 1
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Trivia

The Spaceship C57D, models and full-size prop was actually used in seven episodes of The Twilight Zone (1959). The list is as follows by season, The Twilight Zone: Third from the Sun (1960), The Twilight Zone: The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street (1960), The Twilight Zone: The Invaders (1961), The Twilight Zone: To Serve Man (1962), The Twilight Zone: Hocus-Pocus and Frisby (1962), The Twilight Zone: Death Ship (1963) and The Twilight Zone: On Thursday We Leave for Home (1963). Robby's vehicle does appear in the final scene of The Twilight Zone: The Rip Van Winkle Caper (1961). The crew's outfits were used in a number of episodes, not to mention also in The Time Machine (1960) along with some props. The flickering force-field fence-posts appeared in Atlantis, the Lost Continent (1961) and were last seen being placed at the bottom of the ocean in Around the World Under the Sea (1966). See more »

Goofs

Just before they land, Adams impatiently flips off the radio as Morbius is in the middle of the word "recommend". Morbius should have been cut off immediately and in mid-word. But we hear him say the full word "recommend" even after Adams has shut the radio off. See more »

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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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