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Forbidden Planet


Fred M. Wilcox

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About the Movie

A dutiful robot named Robby speaks 188 languages. An underground lair provides astonishing evidence of a populace a million years more advanced than Earthlings. There are many wonders on Altair-4, but none is greater or more deadly than the human mind. Forbidden Planet is the granddaddy of tomorrow, a pioneering work whose ideas and style would be reverse-engineered into many cinematic space voyages to come. Leslie Nielsen portrays the commander who brings his spacecruiser crew to the green-skied Altair-4 world that's home to Dr. Morbius (Walter Pidgeon), his daughter (Anne Francis), the remarkable Robby...and to a mysterious terror. Featuring sets of extraordinary scale and the first all- electronic musical soundscape in film history, Forbidden Planet is in a movie orbit all its own.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 42
  • Fresh: 41
  • Rotten: 1
  • Average Rating: 8.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Offers some of the most amusing creatures conceived since the Keystone cops. – Bosley Crowther, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: [A] nifty interstellar meller. – TIME Magazine, Jul 26, 2011

Fresh: Imaginative gadgets galore, plus plenty of suspense and thrills, make the production a top offering in the space travel category. – Variety Staff, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: An engaging 1956 science fiction gloss of Shakespeare's Tempest. – Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader, Jul 26, 2011

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Customer Reviews

When can we buy this movie?

I have seen this movie when I was a kid. Great movie! I would like to buy this movie for my collection. But it's only for Rent?

Forbidden Planet

One of my favorites. If it is ever a buy instead of a just a rent I will purchase it immediately.

A Classic So Well Done

If you don't love the movie simply because of Robbie the Robot you will have to love it for a young Leslie Neilsen straight acting for once in his life.

A classic which was very well done for its time and in the restored state an excellent watch.

Pity its for rent only here though when one can buy it just about everywhere else.