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.
A. Arnold Gillespie
Jack Kelly - American Actor/"Bart Maverick"
Earl Holliman - American Actor
Cyril Hume - Screenwriter
Arthur Lonergan - Art Director
Warren Newcombe - Special Effects
Walter Plunkett - Costume Designer, FORBIDDEN PLANET (1956)
Irving Block - Source Writer, FORBIDDEN PLANET (1956)
George D. Wallace - B-Movie Actor
Richard Anderson - American Film and Television Actor, SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN
Cedric Gibbons - Art Director/In USA
Warren Stevens - American Actor
George J. Folsey - American Director of Photography
George Folsey - American Director of Photography
Anne Francis - Actress, HONEY WEST
Leslie Nielsen - Actor, AIRPLANE!
Harry Harvey Jr. - Character actor, KING OF THE SIERRAS/FORBIDDEN PLANET
Fred M. Wilcox - American Director
George Folsey Jr. - Editor, PLEDGE THIS! (2006)
Robby the Robot
Irving Reis - Director/Writer/1906-1953
James Drury - TV Actor/"Virginian"
Walter Pidgeon - Canadian actor, MADAME CURIE, MRS. MINIVER
Allen Adler - Source Writer, FORBIDDEN PLANET (1956)
- Format: DVD
- Run Time: 98
- Color Format: Color
- UPC: 883929164042
- Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
- Rating: G (MPAA)
- Release Date: December 2010
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.
"...Sci-fi classic....[Nielsen does] a man's-gotta-do-what-a-man's-gotta-do..." -- Rating: A- - 09/16/1994 Entertainment Weekly, pp.126-8
"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..." - 08/01/1997 USA Today, p.3D
"[A]n irresistible blend of the sublime and the silly....[With] magnificent galazy scapes...[and[ colorful futuristic interiors..." - 12/01/2006 Premiere, p.130
5 stars out of 5 -- "FORBIDDEN PLANET is a feast for the eyes....This definitive Science Fiction movie has really never looked better..." - 08/01/2007 Ultimate DVD, p.83
"Over 50 years on, FORBIDDEN PLANET still looks like the future....An oddity that would change the face of science-fiction on film." - 08/01/2008 Empire, p.161
4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] sci-fi landmark....[With] ambitious FX and an innovative electro-score..." - 11/01/2010 Total Film