MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 192 this week

Colossus: The Forbin Project (1970)

M  |   |  Sci-Fi, Thriller  |  10 July 1970 (West Germany)
7.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.2/10 from 5,177 users  
Reviews: 90 user | 31 critic

Thinking this will prevent war, the US government gives an impenetrable supercomputer total control over launching nuclear missiles. But what the computer does with the power is unimaginable to its creators.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (novel)
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

Family Entertainment Guide: IMDb on the Street

IMDb visited the Santa Monica Pier to ask families about their favorite movies from this summer, as well as their favorite all-time movies, TV shows, and characters.

See our Family Entertainment Guide

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 47 titles
created 30 Oct 2011
 
Me
a list of 43 titles
created 10 Oct 2012
 
a list of 24 titles
created 22 Nov 2012
 
a list of 40 titles
created 9 months ago
 
a list of 46 titles
created 3 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Colossus: The Forbin Project (1970)

Colossus: The Forbin Project (1970) on IMDb 7.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Colossus: The Forbin Project.

User Polls

1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Phase IV (1974)
Horror | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Desert ants suddenly form a collective intelligence and begin to wage war on the desert inhabitants. It is up to two scientists and a stray girl they rescue from the ants to destroy them. ... See full summary »

Director: Saul Bass
Stars: Nigel Davenport, Michael Murphy, Lynne Frederick
Demon Seed (1977)
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A scientist creates Proteus--an organic super computer with artificial intelligence which becomes obsessed with human beings, and in particular the creators wife.

Director: Donald Cammell
Stars: Julie Christie, Fritz Weaver, Gerrit Graham
Z.P.G. (1972)
Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

In the not too distant future, a very smoggy and overpopulated Earth government makes it illegal to have children for a generation. One couple, unsatisfied with their substitute robot baby,... See full summary »

Director: Michael Campus
Stars: Oliver Reed, Geraldine Chaplin, Don Gordon
Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A group of scientists investigates a deadly new alien virus before it can spread.

Director: Robert Wise
Stars: James Olson, Arthur Hill, David Wayne
Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

When a deadly virus strikes London, John Custance takes his family to hoped-for safety in Scotland.

Director: Cornel Wilde
Stars: Nigel Davenport, Jean Wallace, John Hamill
Documentary | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A scientist explains how the savagery and efficiency of the insect world could result in their taking over the world.

Directors: Walon Green, Ed Spiegel
Stars: Lawrence Pressman, Conlan Carter, Ian McShane
Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A planet is discovered in the same orbit as Earth's but is located on the exact opposite side of the sun, making it not visible from Earth. The European Space Exploration Council decide to ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Parrish
Stars: Roy Thinnes, Ian Hendry, Patrick Wymark
Comedy | Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A post-apocalyptic tale based on a novella by Harlan Ellison. A boy communicates telepathically with his dog as they scavenge for food and sex, and they stumble into an underground society ... See full summary »

Director: L.Q. Jones
Stars: Don Johnson, Jason Robards, Susanne Benton
Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Hoping to cure his violent seizures, a man agrees to a series of experimental microcomputers inserted into his brain but inadvertently discovers that violence now triggers a pleasurable response his brain.

Director: Mike Hodges
Stars: George Segal, Joan Hackett, Richard Dysart
Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A man named Zac Hobson awakens to find himself alone in the world. In a desperate attempt to search for others, he finds only two who have their own agenda.

Director: Geoff Murphy
Stars: Bruno Lawrence, Alison Routledge, Pete Smith
Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller

A supercomputer designed for the U.S. government decides that the most effective way it can protect the country is to assume complete control.

Director: Ron Howard
Colossus (2013)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Mark Hendrickson
Stars: Polina Belenkaya, Elena Dudina, Kseniya Khairova
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Dr. Cleo Markham
...
The President
...
CIA Director Grauber
Leonid Rostoff ...
Russian Chairman
...
Dr. John F. Fisher
Willard Sage ...
Dr. Blake
Alex Rodine ...
Dr. Kuprin
...
Dr. Jefferson J. Johnson (as Martin Brooks)
...
Angela Fields
Dolph Sweet ...
Missile Commander
Byron Morrow ...
Secretary of State
Lew Brown ...
Peterson
Sid McCoy ...
Secretary of Defense
Tom Basham ...
Thomas L. Harrison
Edit

Storyline

Forbin is the designer of an incredibly sophisticated computer that will run all of America's nuclear defenses. Shortly after being turned on, it detects the existence of Guardian, the Soviet counterpart, previously unknown to US Planners. Both computers insist that they be linked, and after taking safeguards to preserve confidential material, each side agrees to allow it. As soon as the link is established the two become a new Super computer and threaten the world with the immediate launch of nuclear weapons if they are detached. Colossus begins to give its plans for the management of the world under its guidance. Forbin and the other scientists form a technological resistance to Colossus which must operate underground. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

We built a super computer with a mind of its own and now we must fight it for the world! See more »

Genres:

Sci-Fi | Thriller

Certificate:

M | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

10 July 1970 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

The Day the World Changed Hands  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Producer Stanley Chase said that while it's frightening to suppose a computer could take over the world, it was indeed possible. His technical advisor said that a machine like Colossus actually existed at that time. The model for Colossus was supposedly the NORAD system that controlled the US national defense systems, and that's why the computer programming center in the film was located in the Rocky Mountains (which is also the home of NORAD). The US government wouldn't allow a film crew on the NORAD grounds, so the exteriors were filmed at the Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley, California. The missile sites were photographed in the California desert near Palmdale. See more »

Goofs

At the start The President states Colossus has control of ALL Allied defenses yet later in the movie when it chooses new targets for missiles it targets London, Rome & Denmark which have all been NATO members since 1948. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Forbin: [to Colossus] Attention. By order of the President of the United States of America, and the chairman of the USSR, communications will not be restored at this time. End of message.
See more »

Connections

Featured in Cinemacabre TV Trailers (1993) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Mankind is his own worst enemy
12 July 2001 | by (San Gabriel, Ca., USA) – See all my reviews

This underrated science fiction/suspense drama, though arguably dated in terms of technology, is still a frightening allegory about humans allowing our technological creations to rule us.

Eric Braeden stars as Dr. Charles Forbin, who has created a supercomputer named Colossus, built solely for the purpose of controlling the nuclear defenses of the Western alliance. It isn't too long after, however, that the Russians announce that they too have built a similar computer for those same purposes on their side--Guardian. And when the two machines begin sharing information at a speed nobody can believe, an attempt is made to disable them.

This unfortunately just raises the machines' ire; and in retaliation, they launch their weapons at each other's home nations. The result is a chilling scenario that is potentially becoming all too real these days.

COLOSSUS: THE FORBIN PROJECT was not a big hit at the box office for various reasons. One is that its cast wasn't exactly well known. Another reason is that its ending isn't exactly a happy one. Still a third reason is that Universal had trouble trying to promote it in the wake of the huge success of Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY. The latter reason is obvious: Colossus and Guardian, like HAL in the Kubrick movie, become central characters here. The difference here is that while HAL malfunctions due to a programming conflict, Colossus and Guardian remain all too stable, convinced beyond a doubt that they know how to protect Mankind better than Man himself. As the computers point out: "One inevitable rule is that Mankind is his own worst enemy."

Joseph Sargent's direction is efficient, and the special effects work of Albert Whitlock still manages to work despite its obvious age. An overlooked gem in the sci-fi genre, this should be given a revival.


45 of 48 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Amusingly outdated robert3750-92-607013
Wishing for Colossus and Andromeda Strain on BluRay jorget22
Will Smith as Dr. Forbin? tfc
Wide Screen? jorget22
Remove The Story Ending larryman
Someone should remake this jpje84
Discuss Colossus: The Forbin Project (1970) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?