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Forbidden Planet (1956)

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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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Fred M. Wilcox (as Fred McLeod Wilcox)

Writers:

Cyril Hume (screen play), Irving Block (based on a story by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Jimmy Thompson ... Crewman Youngerford
James Drury ... Crewman Strong
Harry Harvey Jr. Harry Harvey Jr. ... Crewman Randall
Roger McGee Roger McGee ... Crewman Lindstrom
Peter Miller Peter Miller ... Crewman Moran
Morgan Jones ... Crewman Nichols
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Storyline

When Adams and his crew are sent to investigate the silence from a planet inhabited by scientists, he finds all but two have died. Dr. Morbius and his daughter Altaira have somehow survived a hideous monster which roams the planet. Unknown to Adams, Morbius has made a discovery, and has no intention of sharing it (or his daughter!) with anyone. Written by Rob Hartill

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Taglines:

M-G-M Takes You On An Amazing Adventure Into Outer Space... See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 August 1956 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Fatal Planet See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,900,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$3,000,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,250,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Perspecta Sound encoding) (Western Electric Sound System)| 4-Track Stereo (4 channels)

Color:

Color (photographed in) (Eastman Color)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

The trailer for this film was narrated by Marvin Miller, who also provided the voice for Robby the Robot. See more »

Goofs

Altaira is supposed to be naked in the water, but closer inspection reveals her to be wearing some sort of flesh-colored dress. This is most noticeable when she gets out of the water. When Altaira asks, "What's a bathing suit?", she may simply have never heard swimwear called by that name. Perhaps she calls what she's wearing "swim clothing" or whatever. The Commander assumes she is nude which sets of up his punchline of "Oh, murder!". See more »

Quotes

[to Altaira]
Commander Adams: I'm in command of 18 competitively selected super-perfect physical specimens with an average age of 24.6 who have been locked up in hyperspace for 378 days. It would have served you right if I hadn't... and he... oh go on, get out of here before I have you run out of the area under guard - and then I'll put more guards on the guards!
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Alternate Versions

For the 1959 cinema re-release of MGM's Forbidden Planet (1956) to obtain the classification rating of (A) SUITABLE ONLY FOR ADULTS - CHILDREN UNDER 16 NOT ADMITTED the Australia Film Censorship Board ordered the elimination of "all shots of alleged nuclear monster" i.e. Australia Film Censorship Board insisted that the Id Monster is never seen, but you could see the footprints and the bending of the steps on the spaceship. The animated sequence of Forbidden Planet, showing the attack by the red colored "Id Monster", were created by the veteran animator Joshua Meador, who was lent out to MGM by Walt Disney Pictures. During the attack on the spaceship, the now visible Id monster (only the outline of the Id Monster is seen, colored red) as it tries to go through the electronic fence on the perimeter (the force field), and also because the Id Monster has been caught in the crewman's high-energy blaster beams. See more »

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The Best SF Film Of The 1950s
10 June 2003 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

FORBIDDEN PLANET is the best SF film from the golden age of SF cinema and what makes it a great film is its sense of wonder . As soon as the spaceship lands the audience - via the ships human crew - travels through an intelligent and sometimes terrifying adventure . We meet the unforgetable Robbie , the mysterious Dr Morbuis , his beautiful and innocent daughter Altair and we learn about the former inhabitants of the planet - The Krell who died out overnight . Or did they ?

You can nitpick and say the planet is obviously filmed in a movie studio with painted backdrops but that adds to a sense of menace of claustraphobia I feel and Bebe and Louis Barron`s electronic music adds even more atmosphere

I`m shocked this film isn`t in the top 250 IMDB films .


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