Earthmen on a fabulous, peril-journey into outer space!
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- Rated: G
- Run Time: 1 hours, 38 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: December 7, 2010
- Originally Released: 1956
- Label: Warner Home Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: Additional scenes
- Lost footage
- Excerpts from the MGM Parade TV series
- The Thin Man TV series Robot Client
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- Dual Layer
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English, French
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis, Leslie Nielsen & Warren Stevens|
|Performer:||Earl Holliman, Jack Kelly, Richard Anderson, George D. Wallace, James Drury, Harry Harvey, Jr., Bob Dix & Jimmie Thompson|
|Featured:||Robby the Robot|
|Directed by||Fred M. Wilcox|
|Edited by||George Folsey, Jr. & Ferris Webster|
|Screenwriting by||Cyril Hume|
|Composition by||Bebe Barron & Louis Barron|
|Produced by||Nicholas Nayfack|
|Director of Photography:||George J. Folsey|
Filmed in CinemaScope and color and given a lofty sci-fi budget for its day....[A] perennially popular outer space variation on Shakespeare's THE TEMPEST...
An ingenious script, excellent special effects and photography, and superior acting, make it an endearing winner. Full Review
Rating: 5/5 -- Offers some of the most amusing creatures conceived since the Keystone cops. Full Review
New York Times
Over 50 years on, FORBIDDEN PLANET still looks like the future....An oddity that would change the face of science-fiction on film.
Rating: 5/5 -- The tragicomic tone would have done the Bard proud, and at even only 98 minutes, Forbidden Planet is positively epic. Full Review
Rating: 5/5 -- A smart script and-ahead-of their-time effects elevate this one from a cult classic to a landmark of the genre. Full Review
Rating: 5/5 -- There's a reason this film is called the granddaddy of all science fiction. Full Review
Shakespeare's THE TEMPEST is transformed in this landmark science-fiction film. Spacemen travel to a planet ruled by Dr. Edward Morbius (Walter Pidgeon), who has built a kingdom with his daughter and obedient robot Robby. The good doctor is plagued by his mad quest for knowledge through his "brain booster" machine, and by Freudian "monsters from the id" as his daughter discovers other men and learns to kiss.
Classic | Monsters | Science-Fiction | Space Exploration | Robots / Cyborgs | Recommended | Essential Cinema
- Color by Eastmancolor. Shot in CinemaScope.
- "Electronic tonalities" by Louis and Bebe Barron.
- Joshua Meador, who worked on the special effects team, was loaned to MGM by Walt Disney Productions.
- The story is loosely based on Shakespeare's classic play "The Tempest."
- Rated BBFC U by the British Board of Film Censors.
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