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Forbidden Planet (1956)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | 30 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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Crewman Grey (as Bob Dix)
Jimmy Thompson ...
Crewman Youngerford
Crewman Strong
Harry Harvey Jr. ...
Crewman Randall
Roger McGee ...
Crewman Lindstrom
Peter Miller ...
Crewman Moran
Morgan Jones ...
Crewman Nichols


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


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Release Date:

30 March 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Alarm im Weltall  »

Box Office


$1,900,000 (estimated)


$3,000,000 (USA)

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Sound Mix:

(Perspecta Sound encoding) (Western Electric Sound System)| (4 channels)


(photographed in) (Eastman Color)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film marked one of the first times a science-fiction project had received a large budget. The genre had rarely been taken seriously by studio executives, and sci-fi films generally received the most meager of budgets. The critical success of this film convinced many in the film industry that well-funded science-fiction projects could be successful. Film historian Ben Mankiewicz has claimed that this film's success made future big-budget science-fiction films possible. See more »


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 »


Dr. Edward Morbius: ...No doctor, not even though I were the mad scientist of the tape thriller...
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Human Duplicators (1992) See more »

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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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