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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.

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Peter Miller ...
Crewman Moran
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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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15 March 1956 (USA)  »

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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)

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(Eastmancolor) (as Eastman Color)

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2.55 : 1
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The name "Morbius" is the German pronunciation (more or less) of the name "Möbiis" (Like Goethe is pronounced by English speakers like Ghortah. Möbiis can also be spelled "Moebius.') The möbius "strip" is a strip of material of which one end is given a half twist before fastening the ends together. This results in the strip technically having only one surface and one boundary. It was discovered in 1856 by German mathematicians August F Möbius and Johann B Listing. Of course, by spelling the German name the way it is pronounced in English, there is also the pun on "Morbid" which is an adjective meaning "an abnormal and unhealthy fascination with unusual subjects, usually death and/and or disease. "Subconscious lust for death and destruction" would qualify. See more »

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Robby: Morbius. Morbius!
Dr. Edward Morbius: What?
Robby: Something is approaching from the southwest. It is now quite close.
[they run to the windows and look out, but see nothing]
Commander John J. Adams: Could Robby be wrong?
Dr. Edward Morbius: No. Never.
[an invisible force rips down the trees; Morbius closes the steel shutters over the windows]
Dr. Edward Morbius: I feel sorry for you, young man.
Commander John J. Adams: Feel sorry for your daughter, Morbius.
Altaira: It's listening.
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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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