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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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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

The planet on which Edward and Altaira Morbius live is Altair IV, which according to Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993) is also a Federation planet. Director Fred M. Wilcox consulted with scientists before making the decision that the planet's sky would be green. See more »

Goofs

Robby the Robot shows up carrying lead shielding, which he says is "isotope 217", and he implies it is lighter than ordinary lead. The purported isotope lead-217 does not exist, and if it did, it would be 4% heavier than the most common (and heaviest) isotope of lead (atomic weight 208), not lighter. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Farman: Pardon me commander, are you ready to hold discipline on the cook, sir?
Commander Adams: Yes let's... let's have him.
Lt. Farman: I'm obliged to remind you, sir, that I gave him permission to go out last night.
Commander Adams: Did you give him permission to get falling down drunk?
Cook: Drunk sir, me sir? Well ask Dr. Ostrow, sir. Four pints of 120 proof bourbon without a trace of hangover in it. Now that ain't natural. sir. Besides why'd that Robert argue me into drinking all that whiskey in the first place?
Commander Adams: You were with the robot last night?
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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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User Reviews

 
Sorry "Star Wars"--the greatest Science Fiction film ever
1 March 2000 | by rlcsljoSee all my reviews

Sure Star Wars (a movie I have seen at least fifty times) beats all the others in special effects, but this film has every thing else!

It has horror(non-graphical), romance, robots, witty repartee, intelligence, (surprisingly good) special effects, and drama.

I saw this film a couple of years ago in a revival with a newly struck print, and I was amazed at how well it held up today. I thought the old 40's style electronics would look hokey, but they somehow looked futuristic and moderne.

Ann Francis in here (mostly) short skirts and bare feet with a girlish innocence that is hard to beat still gets a rise out of me.

The Krell monster appearing in the ray beams still scares the bejebees out of me.

Of course we all know that the "Great Bird of the Galaxy" probably modeled much of "Star Trek" from this movie.

No one has yet to beat Robby, the Robot, in terms of personality

(sorry, R2D2 and C3PO).

This movie, overall, is the standard that all other Science Fiction films will have to measure up to!

Honorable mention for the haunting electronic score which kept us all on pins and needles.


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