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Forbidden Planet -- 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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Director:
Writers:
Cyril Hume (screen play)
Irving Block (based on a story by) ...
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Release Date:
30 March 1956 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
IT'S OUT OF THIS WORLD! (original print ad - all caps) See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win & 1 nomination See more »
NewsDesk:
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User Reviews:
Yes, this IS the best sci-fi film ever made. See more (294 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Walter Pidgeon ... Dr. Morbius

Anne Francis ... Altaira Morbius

Leslie Nielsen ... Commander Adams

Warren Stevens ... Lt. 'Doc' Ostrow

Jack Kelly ... Lt. Farman

Richard Anderson ... Chief Quinn

Earl Holliman ... Cook

George Wallace ... Bosun

Robert Dix ... Crewman Grey (as Bob Dix)
Jimmy Thompson ... Crewman Youngerford

James Drury ... Crewman Strong
Harry Harvey Jr. ... Crewman Randall
Roger McGee ... Crewman Lindstrom
Peter Miller ... Crewman Moran
Morgan Jones ... Crewman Nichols
Richard Grant ... Crewman Silvers

Robby the Robot ... Robby the Robot (as Robby The Robot)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

James Best ... Crewman (uncredited)
William Boyett ... Crewman (uncredited)

Frankie Darro ... Robby the Robot (uncredited)

Gavin MacLeod ... Cookie (uncredited)

Marvin Miller ... Robby the Robot (voice) (uncredited)

Les Tremayne ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Fred M. Wilcox  (as Fred McLeod Wilcox)
 
Writing credits
Cyril Hume (screen play)

Irving Block (based on a story by) and
Allen Adler (based on a story by)

William Shakespeare  play "The Tempest" (uncredited)

Produced by
Nicholas Nayfack .... producer
 
Cinematography by
George J. Folsey (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Ferris Webster 
 
Production Design by
Irving Block (uncredited)
Mentor Huebner (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Arthur Lonergan 
 
Set Decoration by
Hugh Hunt (set decorations)
Edwin B. Willis (set decorations)
 
Makeup Department
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair stylist
William Tuttle .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Dave Friedman .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
George Rhein .... assistant director
John Greenwald .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
A.D. Flowers .... set dresser: trees (uncredited)
Mentor Huebner .... production illustrator and storyboards (uncredited)
Arthur Lonergan .... designer: Morbius house and Krell lab (uncredited)
Glen Robinson .... special prop designer and builder: ray guns, accessories (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Wesley C. Miller .... recording supervisor (as Dr. Wesley C. Miller)
James Brock .... sound (uncredited)
Kurt Hernfeld .... sound editor (uncredited)
Kendrick Kinney .... sound editor (uncredited)
John Lipow .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
A. Arnold Gillespie .... special effects
Joshua Meador .... special effects: through courtesy of Walt Disney Productions
Warren Newcombe .... special effects
Irving G. Ries .... special effects
Doug Hubbard .... special effects (uncredited)
Robert Kinoshita .... robot builder (uncredited)
Glen Robinson .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Franklyn Soldo .... special effects technician (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Bob Abrams .... animation effects (uncredited)
Joe Alves .... assistant effects illustrator (uncredited)
Max Fabian .... special photographic effects (uncredited)
Howard Fisher .... matte painter (uncredited)
Henri Hillinck .... matte painter (uncredited)
Bob Trochim .... animator (uncredited)
Matthew Yuricich .... matte painting assistant (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Walter Plunkett .... costumes: men's
Helen Rose .... costumes: Anne Francis'
 
Editorial Department
Charles K. Hagedon .... color consultant
Blake Jones .... colorist: home video (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Bebe Barron .... composer: electronic tonalities
Louis Barron .... composer: electronic tonalities
 
Other crew
Ralph Helfer .... animal supervisor: Nature's Haven Wild Animal Rental Co. (uncredited)
Eylla Jacobs .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
98 min
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Color:
Color (photographed in) (Eastman Color)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Perspecta Sound encoding) (Western Electric Sound System) | 4-Track Stereo (4 channels)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Brazil:Livre | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Finland:K-12 | Iceland:L | Netherlands:12 (re-rating) (1956) | Sweden:15 | UK:U | USA:TV-PG | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #17605) | USA:Passed (The National Board of Review) | USA:G (re-rating) (MPAA rating: certificate #17605) (1972) | West Germany:12

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Trivia:
The only sound film produced without any musical score or theme music, only the "electronic tonalities" by Louis Barron and Bebe Barron.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: When Morbius gives the coordinates for the ship to land, he uses "standard charts" including a latitude of 83° north - which would be deep in the arctic area of the planet.See more »
Quotes:
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Narrator:In the final decade of the 21st Century, men and women in rocket ships landed on the moon. By 2200 AD, they had reached the other planets of our solar system. Almost at once there followed the discovery of hyperdrive through which the speed of light was first obtained and later greatly surpassed...
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97 out of 114 people found the following review useful.
Yes, this IS the best sci-fi film ever made., 5 September 2004
Author: Mike Foley (mfoley) from Parker, Colorado

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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