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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:
22 August 1956 (France) 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 »
User Reviews:
A great sci-fi that rose above the 'reds are a-coming' level of its peers and delivered an intelligent script with some humour in an attractive film that has stood up well over the years See more (298 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)
Mel Koontz .... animal trainer (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
98 min
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Color:
Color (photographed in) (Eastman Color)
Aspect Ratio:
2.55 : 1 See more »
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:
MGM declined to publish a soundtrack album at the time that the film was released. However, film composer and conductor David Rose later published a 7" (18 cm) single of his original main title theme that he had recorded at the MGM Studios in Culver City during March 1956. His main title theme had been discarded when Rose, who had originally been hired to compose the musical score in 1955, was discharged from the project by Dore Schary sometime between Christmas 1955 and New Year's Day. The film's original theatrical trailer contains snippets of Rose's score, the tapes of which Rose reportedly later destroyed.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Dr. Morbius invites Commander Adams to try his blaster on the Krell metal door. Cmdr. Adams inspects the result after firing, but he's not touching the spot where the beam hit the door.See more »
Quotes:
[first Lines]
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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110 out of 129 people found the following review useful.
A great sci-fi that rose above the 'reds are a-coming' level of its peers and delivered an intelligent script with some humour in an attractive film that has stood up well over the years, 10 July 2004
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

A space ship has carried out the year long journey from Earth to the remote planet Altair-5 with orders to check on a scientific posting there. They find only one small compound on the whole planet – home to scientist Dr Edward Morbius, his daughter Altaira and a fantastic robot called Robby. Learning of the deaths of the others of the original group, Commander Adams decides to stay until he can contact Earth for further orders. However 'something' else is on the planet with them and the ship is subject to sabotage of key equipment. Things escalate when members of the crew are attacked and the full extent of the dangers on the planet become more and more clear.

I have seen quite a few trashy sci-fi's from the 1950's because I rather enjoy their b-movie qualities but this is far from being a genre film because it stands out from the usual sci-fi's that act as an allegory for communism (whether deliberate or in hindsight) because this film is very intelligent – although I assume it was based on the fears of the period as well, or at least I'd like to think so. Certainly, at a time when nuclear war and technology was risking the Earth, it seems only fitting that the film send a message about the destructive power of technology that the Krell were not ready to use. The script is quite intelligent even if the plot has plenty of holes in it if you're looking for them. The idea of a destructive power within the subconscious is interesting and well delivered and it is certainly a lot more thought provoking than many other sci-fi's of the period. It also has a good mix of comedy in the form of the cook and, surprisingly, Robby the Robot (one of the most famous robots in cinema history) but mainly the film succeeds because of the interesting concept and good delivery.

It's not all perfect of course and some of the plot holes are a bit of a pain if you really want to pick at them and also the need for a 'happy' ending spoils what should have been a much darker conclusion – I don't understand why the script spent so much time warning only to offer an optimistic view of the self same things that it had warned against. However, it doesn't overdo this aspect and it still works well enough

The cast are roundly solid even if some of the performances are a little bit stiff and just what you'd expect from the genre. Certainly these actors are not as adept at interacting with special effects as those working with green screen lots are – they generally look clunky when they are firing lasers or interacting with the beast. It's hard to watch Nielsen in straight roles now that I've grown up with him in his Police Squad style material but he is good enough for his material here even if he is a little bit wooden at times. Pidgeon is also a bit wooden but it fits his character and the genre and his performance is good. Anne Francis is a little off but she is a little minx and she serves her purpose on the whole. I appear to be one of the few viewers who liked Holliman's work as the comic relief cook but I must admit to finding the rest of the crew (including Kelly and Stevens) to be quite workmanlike even if they weren't 'bad' per se.

Overall this is a great piece of sci-fi that has stood up really well over the past 50 or so years. The film may look rather quaint by today's standards but it is intelligent, funny and thought provoking – true, it's not really high art but it is certainly heads and shoulders above the standards set by the rest of the genre. Not as spectacular or as action-based as many of our modern sci-fi's but it just has different qualities and is a great film that I'm surprised is not more highly considered or even mentioned on the IMDb top 250!

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