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Forbidden Planet -- A dutiful robot named Robby speaks 188 languages. An underground lair provides astonishing evidence of a populace a million years more advanced than Earthlings.
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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Release Date:
30 March 1956 (USA) See more »
IT'S OUT OF THIS WORLD! (original print ad - all caps) See more »
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 »
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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Still my favorite sci-fi film See more (294 total) »


  (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)
Crew verified as complete

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98 min
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)
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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The movie's poster was chosen as #5 of "The 25 Best Movie Posters Ever" by Premiere magazine.See more »
Factual errors: Morbius shows the Captain and Doc Ostrow the power units, admonishing them to look only in the mirror. "Man does not behold the face of the Gorgon and live!" They then face away from the real window and look in the mirror. The viewer could believe they are seeing a perspective which is hiding a wall or other shield that they are standing in front of. However, the radiation from the real power unit window completely illuminates the Captain and Morbius's backs. If they are being lit up by the radiation, and it is truly that deadly, it makes no difference if they're looking at it or not. They all ought to be incinerated.See more »
[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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Referenced in Monsters from the Id (2009)See more »


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76 out of 94 people found the following review useful.
Still my favorite sci-fi film, 22 October 1998
Author: Arthur Salvatore from Toronto, Canada

A number of factors make it easy for me to state that I still think this is the most important science fiction film ever made, despite some of the acting, outdated dialogue etc.

First, there is the scale of imagination in describing the Krell, a humanoid race native to the planet, now all dead, who were 1 million years more advanced than Earth humans(us), and their technology, particularly the 8,000 cubic mile machine.

Second, there is the music and sound effects, which are inseparable from each other. It creates an eerie, unearthly feeling, unlike "2001", which had traditional classical music.

Third, its "monster" is not only the most powerful and deadly ever envisioned, it's also based on real science and doesn't break the laws of physics and biology.

Finally, and most importantly, Forbidden Planet is the only movie ever made that attempts and, more incredibly, succeeds in making an honest, intelligent and mercilessly logical statement on the limits or ceiling of human (or any other biological entity's) development, no matter how long we survive as a species.

In other words, it predicts our inevitable destiny.

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