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Awards

Academy Awards, USA 1957

Nominated
Oscar
Best Effects, Special Effects
A. Arnold Gillespie
Irving G. Ries
Wesley C. Miller

Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA 2007

Nominated
Saturn Award
Best DVD Classic Film Release

National Film Preservation Board, USA 2013

Won
National Film Registry

Directed by Fred M. Wilcox, MGM's "Forbidden Planet" is one of the seminal science-fiction films of... More

Directed by Fred M. Wilcox, MGM's "Forbidden Planet" is one of the seminal science-fiction films of the 1950s, a genre that found itself revitalized and empowered after World War II and within America's newly created post-nuclear age. Loosely based upon William Shakespeare's "The Tempest," "Forbidden Planet" is both sci-fi saga and allegory, a timely parable about the dangers of unlimited power and unrestrained technology. Since its production, the movie has proved inspirational to generations of speculative fiction visionaries, including Gene Roddenberry. Along with its literary influence, highly influential special effects and visual style, the film also pushed the boundaries of cinematic science fiction. For the first time, all action happened intergalatically (not on Earth) and humans are depicted as space travelers, regularly jetting off to the far reaches of the cosmos. Additionally, "Forbidden Planet" is remembered for its innovative score-or lack thereof. No music exists on the film's soundtrack; instead, all ambient sounds are "electronic tonalities" created by Louis and Bebe Barren. Walter Pidgeon, Leslie Nielsen, Anne Francis and, in his debut, Robbie the Robot make up the film's cast.


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