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Directed by Fred M. Wilcox Produced by Nicholas Nayfack Written by Cyril Hume (screenplay)
from a story by
Irving Block
Allen Adler

Starring Walter Pidgeon
Anne Francis
Leslie Nielsen
Jack Kelly
Richard Anderson Music by Louis and Bebe Barron Cinematography George J. Folsey Editing by Ferris Webster Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Warner Bros. (DVD) Release date(s) March 15, 1956 (sneak preview)
Running time 98 min.[1] Country  United States Language English Budget $4,900,000 (estimated; source: Kirk Kerkorian)

Forbidden Planet is a 1956 science fiction film directed by Fred M. Wilcox and starring Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis and Leslie Nielsen. The characters and setting were inspired by Shakespeare's The Tempest,[1] and the plots are very similar.

The film features a number of Oscar-nominated special effects, groundbreaking use of an all-electronic music score, and the first screen appearance of both Robby the Robot [2] and the C-57D flying saucer starship.


In the early 2200s, the United Planets Cruiser C-57D is sent to the planet Altair IV in the Altair star system, sixteen light years from Earth, to find out the fate of a colony expedition sent out some twenty years earlier. At the end of the year-long voyage, Commander John J. Adams (Leslie Nielsen) contacts Dr. Edward Morbius (Walter Pidgeon), who warns him to stay away, but refuses to give a reason.

Upon landing, the crew is met by Robby the Robot, who takes Adams, his first officer, Lieutenant Jerry Farman (Jack Kelly), and Lieutenant "Doc" Ostrow (Warren Stevens) to Morbius' home. Morbius explains that a year after the expedition's arrival, some unknown force wiped out nearly everyone in his party and vaporized their starship as the last survivors tried to escape. Only he, his wife (who later died), and his infant daughter survived. Morbius fears that the same fate may await the crew of the C-57D.

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Quick Tip by . April 23, 2011
What is with this 3.6 crap? How could anyone rate Forbidden Planet at less than a 4?      We obviously need to sic some creatures from the id onto some people. It must be too intellectual for some people like Paramount executives or something. Thought The Cage was too cerebral. Some people are only good for smacking up side the head.
review by . May 05, 2009
So, why would this idiot review a movie made in 1956 and a science fiction movie at that?  Well, I do it because this is one of the best science fiction films ever made.  The story was creative, thought provoking and demanding of participation by the audience.  The script was creative and well realized, taking advantage of both the story line and the talents and weaknesses of the actors.  The special effects were incredibly brilliant for now, let alone 1956.  The actors …
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