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Forbidden Planet
Walter Pidgeon and Anne Francis




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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.

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Overview

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.

Main Cast & Crew

Fred M. Wilcox - Director
Walter Pidgeon
Anne Francis
Leslie Nielsen
Warren Stevens
Jack Kelly
Richard Anderson
Earl Holliman
George Wallace
Robert Dix
Jimmy Thompson

 

Details

DVD Format
  • Format: DVD (New Packaging)
  • Run Time: 98
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 883929164042
  • Genre: Science Fiction
  • Rating: G (MPAA)
  • Release Date: June 1997

Related Categories:
Movies > Science-Fiction/Fantasy

Related Keywords:
Classic
Monsters
Science-Fiction
Space Exploration
Robots/Cyborgs
Recommended
Family (General)
Essential Cinema

 

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Notes:
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.

Reviews:
"...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

 

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