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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)

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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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The year is 2200 A.D. and you are aboard Space Cruiser C-57-D traveling faster than the speed of light toward a speck in the firmament - Altair4, the "Forbidden Planet". Your objective is to seek survivors of a previous disastrous interplanetary flight. DIsregarding radar warnings, you land on Altair-4 armed with atomic weapons - and prepared for any eventuality. Your first sight of the new world is awesome...green skies...two moons...and endless eerie desert. Out of it appears an electronic monster - to welcome you. You go to the fantastic habitation of a secretive, hostile scientist - creator of the robot. You meet his daughter, a fascinating beauty who has never met an earthman before. You are invited to see the strange chasms of a lost super-race which attained the zenith of civilization 2,000,000 years ago. You are told of a strange force, invisible, unconquerable, that has the evil power to destroy the planet and all life on it. And then this terrifying menace manifests itself, sabotaging the space ship, resisting even disintegrator weapons, melting steel barricades, hurling humans to destruction. Your interstellar adventure comes to its climax - and it is an experience of such visual and emotional excitement as you have never before known within the walls of a motion picture theatre. Imagine it, in the wonder of Color and CinemaScope! See more »


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G | See all certifications »

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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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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

In addition to animating the monster that invades the camp, Walt Disney studios artist Joshua Meador provided approximately 29 other animation effects depicting laser beams and other forms of visual energy. See more »

Goofs

When in orbit around Altair IV, Lt Farman is remarked that there are no cities, dams or other large-scale structures visible indicative of civilisation. However the mission is to investigate what happened to the Bellerophon, which is implied to be the only previous craft to reach the planet. The crew of a single ship would not have produced anything on the scale of cities or dams. See more »

Quotes

Commander Adams: Whatever you know in here, your other self knows out there.
Dr. Morbius: [angrily] I'm not a monster, you...
Commander Adams: [grappling with Morbius] We're all part monsters in our subconscious, so we have laws and religion!
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Alternate Versions

In Australia, however, that kissing scene was screened, uncut, in the early 1960's in the children's Saturday matinée called the Kine Club, at Hoyts Cinema, in Port Adelaide. See more »

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Yes, this IS the best sci-fi film ever made.
5 September 2004 | by mfoleySee all my reviews

Well, of course, "Star Wars" defined the genre, and "Alien" and "Blade Runner" perfected it; but "Forbidden Planet" created it. Argue, if you must, that movies like "The Day the Earth Stood Still", "Them" and "Five Million Years to Earth" are the cerebral grand-fathers of the film genre (and I won't disagree with you), but for "science-fiction-as-plot-driven-action-epic," this is it. This is the one.

It's so unerringly on target, in fact, that it still plays very well even today. The modern audience has to overcome the "Leslie Nielsen Factor" (and it is difficult to watch him in a totally straight role), but once you do, the movie is pure enjoyment. Forget about dated plots and special effect. Robbie the Robot is a guy in a suit, yes, but he is thoroughly believable. He even adheres nicely to Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics, a trick that the digital robots in this summer's "I, Robot" had a great deal of difficulty with.

And the monster! I defy anyone to avoid getting the willies when the monster first shorts the security fence. Great special effect, then and now!

Finally, the universal theme of man's (and Krell's) individual flaws inserting themselves into an otherwise perfect system and TOTALLY gumming up the works is as relevant today as it was then. More so.


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