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Forbidden Planet (1956)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | 22 August 1956 (France)
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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Crewman Grey (as Bob Dix)
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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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Earthmen on a fabulous, peril-journey into outer space! See more »


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22 August 1956 (France)  »

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Alarm im Weltall  »

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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)| (4 channels)

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(photographed in) (Eastman Color)

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2.55 : 1
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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 »

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The sudden appearance of the cook behind the officers after Robby the Robot first arrives at the ship and his subsequent position relative to them before they leave with Robby. See more »

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Dr. Edward Morbius: [Commander Adams has just unwittingly activated the Krell self destruct mechanism at Dr. Morbius' instruction] In 24 hours you must be 100 million miles out in space. Krell furnaces... chain reaction... they cannot be reversed.
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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.


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