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Forbidden Planet

HD   G Closed Captioning

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

If you like any Sci-Fi, you must see this film!

If you like Sci-Fi, you will like this film. The special effects are clearly dated by today's standards, but this 50+ year old movie stands the test of time due to its good storyline. The film introduces characters and plot devices that have been echoed frequently in the Sci-Fi genre to this day. The film also carries a message of warning against the rush to technological innovation without considering the consequences—a timely message both when the film was released as well as today.

The prototype for all great science fiction films!

Forbidden Planet is one of my favorite films of all time. Get past the lurid title and poster art. This is a thoughtful, entertaining story about the risks of pushing the boundaries of man's knowledge, and the need to figure human frailty into our calculations as we build a technological society. Leslie Nielsen, Anne Francis and Walter Pidgeon -- these great talents are all at the top of their game here. Forbidden Planet sports the first fully electronic musical score ever in a major motion picture, and features special effects that were, for their time, the best ever seen. The story of an obsessed scientist, his lonely daughter, and the determined captain who has come to bring them rescue leads to a confrontation with the worst and the best within the human soul. That story is as well-told and powerful today as it was in 1956 when the film was released -- or in Shakespeare's day when he examined the same story in his play, The Tempest. Must-see!

One of the all time best movies, period

Interesting world, clever plot, mysterious underpinnings, maybe even music that'll become the next big thing (I jest.) If any movie really deserves a monster-budget, super high quality modern remake, it is this one, more even than 'the Day the Earth Stood Still' and preferrably while Leslie Nielsen is still around to, at the very least, give a cameo (or perhaps repirse his role in what is effectively a sequel?) ... in any case, this is one of the best movies, and I watch it routinely.

Forbidden Planet
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
  • Released: 1956

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