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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
George Wallace ...
Robert Dix ...
Crewman Grey (as Bob Dix)
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Crewman Randall
Roger McGee ...
Crewman Lindstrom
Peter Miller ...
Crewman Moran


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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(Perspecta Sound encoding) (Western Electric Sound System)


(Eastmancolor) (as Eastman Color)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Robert Kinoshita, who is credited with building Robby the Robot, was also Art Director for the TV series Lost in Space (1965). Many of the "Lost in Space" robot's features are similar to Robby's: glass "head" with animated elements; rotating antenna "ears" (although the "Lost" robot's ears rarely moved after the pilot episode); flashing light "mouth"; chest panel with more animated elements. For that matter, much of the layout of "Forbidden Planet"'s spaceship is mirrored by "Lost"'s Jupiter 2: saucer shape; integral landing gear/entry stairs; lower external dome with animated lights; central, plexi-domed navigation station; vertical hibernacula arranged along perimeter. In addition, Robby and the "Lost" robot had a couple of "family reunions" in two "Lost in Space" episodes: Lost in Space: War of the Robots (1966) and Lost in Space: Condemned of Space (1967). See more »


When Adams and Ostrow are about to leave for the Krell lab following the attack on the camp, Adams tells the Bosun to take off the minute the electronic fence on the perimeter shorts out again. But when they get in the tractor and drive away, no one turns off the power to the fence, which means the tractor should have disintegrated the moment it reached the perimeter. See more »


Commander John J. Adams: Nice climate you have here. High oxygen content.
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Sci-fi Classic
2 November 2000 | by (Eatontown, NJ, USA) – See all my reviews

Like THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL, this film helped make sci-fi respectable instead of the stuff for silly B-movies with cheap costumes and obviously faked sets. To help strengthen the thought-level of the story, the scriptwriters included elements of Shakespeare's THE TEMPEST, the Biblical story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, and Freudian psychology to make an enlightening tale of other-worldly mystery.

Leslie Nielsen is in his serious mode here long before he became the comic madman of the NAKED GUN movies and POLICE SQUAD television series. It is easy to see the prototypes of much of STAR TREK in this movie. The electronic soundtrack becomes a bit repetitious, but it works well as it is used in the scenes.

The short skirt on the heroine is a bit much but of course "cheesecake" was one of the things the cigar-chomping studio suits always liked in the 1950s and still do. Robbie the Robot is thrown in for some comic-relief and appeared in many other movies and television shows including LOST IN SPACE.

The most interesting aspect of the story for me was Monsters from the Id. The point being made is that the serpent is still in the Garden of Eden because we carry evil around with us wherever we go.

This is an excellent entertainment.

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