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Rating: 7.3/10 by 408 users

Forbidden Planet (1956)

Captain Adams and the crew of the Starship C57D travel to planet Altair 4 in search for the spaceship Bellerophon that has been missing for 20 years. To their surprise, they are being expected.

Release Date: Thu, Mar 15, 1956

Rating: 7.3/10 by 408 users

Alternative Title:
Il Pianeta Proibito - IT
Planeta Proibido - PT
Запретная планета - RU
Запретный мир - RU
O Planeta Proibido - BR
Planeta Proibido - BR
Planeta prohibido - ES
Planète interdite - FR
Planeta prohibit - ES
Alarm im Weltall - DE
Закрытая планета - RU
Verboden Planeet - NL
금지된 세계 - KR
Απαγορευμένος Πλανήτης - GR

Country:
United States of America
Language:
English
Runtime: 01 hour 38 minutes
Budget: $1,900,000
Revenue: $3,250,000

Plot Keyword: flying saucer, misanthrophy, space, alien planet, rescue mission, robot, electronic music score, sabotage, alien civilization, mysterious deaths, lone survivor, extinct race, invisible monster, the id, ray weapons, mind enhancement, atomic power plant, romantic triangle, creation of matter

Walter Pidgeon
Dr. Edward Morbius
Anne Francis
Altaira Morbius
Leslie Nielsen
Commander John J. Adams
Warren Stevens
Lt. 'Doc' Ostrow
Jack Kelly
Lt. Jerry Farman
Richard Anderson
Chief Engineer Quinn
Marvin Miller
Robby the Robot (voice)
Robert Dix
Crewman Grey
Jimmy Thompson
Crewman Youngerford
James Drury
Crewman Strong
Harry Harvey Jr.
Crewman Randall
Roger McGee
Crewman Lindstrom
Peter Miller
Crewman Moran
Morgan Jones
Crewman Nichols
Richard Grant
Crewman Silvers
James Best
Crewman (uncredited)
William Boyett
Crewman (uncredited)
Frankie Darro
Robby the Robot (interior) (uncredited)

John Chard

Your mind refuses to face the conclusion. Forbidden Planet is directed by Fred M. Wilcox and stars Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis, and Leslie Nielsen. Screenplay is written by Cyril Hume from an original story by Irving Block & Allen Adler (original title being Fatal Planet). It is a CinemaScope production out of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and is shot in Eastman Color (not Metrocolor as suggested on some sources) by cinematographer George J. Folsey. The piece features a novel musical score (credited as "electronic tonalities") by Louis & Bebe Barron. Loosely based around William Shakespeare's play The Tempest, the story sees Nielsen and the crew of the C-57D spaceship sent to the remote planet of Altair IV. Where once was a colony of Earthlings, now the only inhabitants are Dr Morbius (Pidgeon), his daughter Altaira (Francis) and Robby, a highly sophisticated Robot that Morbius had built. It transpires from Morbius that all civilisations on Altair IV was wiped out by an unseen force, but not before he himself was able to use some of the knowledge gained from the Krell race to build Robby and the Plastic Educator. However, it's not before long something starts stalking and killing the men of the C- 57D. They must get to the bottom of the mystery or they too will be wiped out. The 50s was of course the decade of the B movie. A decade where science fiction schlockers and creaky creature features ruled the drive in theatres. As paranoia of potential nuclear war and technology spiralling out of control gripped America, film studios grasped the opportunity to make a cash killing whilst providing an entertainment stress release courtesy of science fiction based movies. Be it giant insects, creatures or alien invaders, there were some fun - some bad - and some rather smart movies that hit the silver screen. Falling into the latter category is Forbidden Planet, an intelligent and excellently produced movie that is one of the few that genuinely holds up well over 50 years since its release. To delve further would be unfair to potential newcomers to the film, but in short the piece carries interesting motifs such as sexual awakening, the power of the sub-conscious, or more appropriately the perils of a repressed conscious. It's a Freudian twister, and then some. Also lifting Forbidden Planet a long way above those men in rubber suit movies of the decade is the production value of the piece. True, the budget was considerably larger than what was normally afforded the genre (almost $5 million), but every penny is up there on the screen. The CinemaScope really brings to the front the sets and visual effects, while the Eastman Color fully enhances the animations and matte paintings on offer. The whole look and feel of the movie points to it being later than 1956, so it's no surprise to see musing on the DVD extras such luminaries like Spielberg, Lucas, Cameron & Scott, since Forbidden Planet has influenced as much as it has enthralled. With one of the cleverest stories in the genre, one of its best ever robots (Robby would become a star all on his own) and certainly the best spaceship landing ever, Forbidden Planet is a genre high point and essential viewing for those interested in said genre pieces. 9/10


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