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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Dr. Morbius
... Altaira Morbius
... Commander Adams
... Lt. 'Doc' Ostrow
... Lt. Farman
... Chief Quinn
... Cook
... Bosun
... Crewman Grey (as Bob Dix)
Jimmy Thompson ... Crewman Youngerford
... Crewman Strong
Harry Harvey Jr. ... Crewman Randall
Roger McGee ... Crewman Lindstrom
Peter Miller ... Crewman Moran
... 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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22 August 1956 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Alarm im Weltall  »

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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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(Perspecta Sound encoding) (Western Electric Sound System)| (4 channels)

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(photographed in) (Eastman Color)

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2.55 : 1
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Trivia

MGM had had a full animation department at one time but by 1956 it was largely dismantled. Critical animation effects (landing beam, weapons, Robby overloading, the Id Monster) were provided by Joshua Meador on loan to MGM from Walt Disney Pictures. Meador's recognizable style can be readily discerned from that of the other three effects animators working on Alice in Wonderland (1951) and in other Disney releases. See more »

Goofs

There is nothing wrong with the ship landing around 83 degrees north latitude in the "deep Arctic" of the planet. This might be the habitable zone of the planet depending on its distance to its sun, it's angle of rotation, its geography. For example, the only place "habitable" on our own Mercury or Venue might be the "deep Arctic" zones of the planets. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Morbius: Do you understand the mechanism, Robby?
Robby the Robot: Yes, Morbius. A simple blaster.
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Still my favorite sci-fi film
22 October 1998 | by See all my reviews

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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