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Forbidden Planet 1956

A starship crew goes to investigate the silence of a planet's colony only to find two survivors and a deadly secret that one of them has...

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long time no see, great movie...

Anyone know what kind of English, the captain tells the robot in the beginning, that they speak?
@Enki812 COuld this be one of the few worthy of a remake? I believe some of this concept was used in the original Total Recall.
....almost forgot to mention: PLUS, it stars Walter Pidgeon (one of the ancient gods of the silver screen, who has more movies under his belt than candles on his birthday cake), Leslie Nielsen (in the respectable role of COMMANDER JJ Adams, before people discover that he would make a good detective (Police Squad), or fly a plane (Airplane), and was a good enough actor, that he appeared in two different TV shows three separate times, as different actors (fooled you twice, twice?)), and launched the career of Robbie the Robot, our beloved, exploited scientific achievement.
For sci-fi fans, this is a must view. Shot with intelligence, and within the means for it's time, it's a movie well ahead of it's time, without trying to out do itself. A masterpiece in it's own right, many of the themes represented here will be followed for generations to come. The sets are well designed, the story is well conceived, and the props aren't the gawdy types used by people just trying to impress the viewers with shiny objects. >In the distant future, investigators are sent to re-establish contact with a group of scientists that have set up an observation outpost on a distant planet. They arrive to find only two survivors, seemingly driven mad from isolation.
Great Movie, Ahead of it's time!


I love this movie alot. It's basically Shakespeare's "The Tempest" but with sci fi and psychological elements. I also like how the BIG villian is actually unseen. Well, it'll be seen but briefly, but I find it more scary when you can't see this beast. Kind of reminds of the ghost in The Fog or the aliens in Signs. Also the special effects are done with care and grace that made me forget all that CGI stuff and enhances the viewing experience. If this film was compared with 2001: ASO, I would say that this would be a b-movie version with an A quality. I wanted to give it a 10/10 but I just remembered the clean acting by the cast that got me off guard but I understand where it comes from. I mean look, it was in the 50s. What did I expect?

By the way, Leslie Nielson (Naked Gun, Airplane) plays the captain in a much more serious role. He does a great job of it although his crew calling him Skipper made me chuckled, but what can I say, it was made in the 50s. Anyway, loved the movie. The only way to watch this flick is in WIDESCREEN.
This film is a classic, not just the best SF film ever done, but one of the best films of the 1950's. It is not without its flaws, to be sure, but these are trivial, in my opinion. Let's consider some of what makes this such a great film:

Special Effects: I don't know when I first saw Forbidden Planet, probably in the mid-60's. I've seen it a dozen times since, and the scene where they look into the maw of the Krell power plant is one of the most stunning visual images ever filmed. I can still say that after having seen all that George Lucas has done. The power of the Krell as told in words and images is beyond our ability to comprehend.

Another stunning image is the stasis field that engulfs and protects each crewman as the ship automatically decelerates to sublight speed. These were fabulous! Very well done.

Performances: Walter Pidgeon is brilliant as the mad-scientist, Morbius. He was charming, civil, well-mannered, and a thoroughly loony egomaniac, all at the same time. The warmth and power of Pidgeon's trained voice is one of the strengths of this film. If he isn't persuasive, this movie unravels almost immediately. Anne Francis was stunning as Altaira. Maybe I'm seeing her legs instead of her acting talent, but I still thought she held her own, first as the young innocent, and later as the devoted woman in love, with Pidgeon and the rest of the cast. 'Course, the nice legs so ingenuously on display didn't hurt .. I found Leslie Nielsen's Captain Adams to be the weak link of the three principals.

Weak Points: Earl Holliman tries hard, but this whole business with the cook's encounter with the robot could have been cheerfully left on the cutting room floor and not hurt this picture a bit. It is only where Forbidden Planet tries to be funny where it fails .. The costumes of the .. dare I say .. star trekkers .. scream cheesey 50's SF. The only visual portion of the film that doesn't work for me. Everything else either stands on its own with the best of today's efforts, or holds up well given an adjustment for advancing technology. The forcefield perimeter, the ID creature, and even the ship's com system look surprisingly good. The ship itself, looking as it does like a UFO of the period, is also not a very appealing image. To me, it always said, don't take this movie seriously, and that is the very opposite of what everything else about this movie said..

The Tempest: FP is a remake of Shakespeare's Tempest with Morbius as Prospero, Altaira as Miranda, the robot as Ariel, and Adams as Ferdinand. I did a little online research before beginning this review. The following comments are about the Tempest, but apply just as aptly to Forbidden Planet:

BEGIN EXCERPT: The play was composed by Shakespeare as a multi-sensory theater experience, with sound, and especially music, used to complement the sights of the play, and all of it interwoven by the author with lyrical textual passages that over-flow with exotic images, trifling sounds, and a palpable lushness. END EXCERPT

The sound of Forbidden Planet is one of its hidden strengths. The polyphonal tonalities as they were called were avant garde for their day, evoking in me recollections of hearing Benjamin Britten and others like him. This is not the same movie without that music.

BEGIN EXCERPT: The Tempest belongs to the genre of Elizabethan romance plays. It combines elements of tragedy (Prospero's revenge) with those of romantic comedy (the young lovers Miranda and Ferdinand), and, like one of Shakespeare's problem plays, Measure for Measure, it poses deeper questions that are not completely resolved at the end. The romance genre is distinguished by the inclusion (and synthesis) of these tragic, comic, and problematical ingredients and further marked by a happy ending (usually concluding with a masque or dance) in which all , or most, of the characters are brought into harmony. END EXCERPT

It is this multi-layering complexity where Forbidden Planet shows its bloodlines and where it distinguishes itself from less worthy fare of the period. There is the morality play of what happened to the Krell, the insight that what happened to them could happen to us, the romance of the two likable principals, and the sheer wonder of the space opera. All of these combine into a mostly unified whole to make Forbidden Planet's rich texture, and give its audience an unforgettable and enduring movie experience.
OK, here's the "Big Three" Scifi movies from the 50s. I thought it would be a good idea to group them, as they are required watching for anyone seriously into Scifi. These three films helped define the archetypes and conventions for science fiction genre we know today. We see the team of explorers, the struggling hero and genius scientist from the Flash Gordon era, and add to it important women, meddling kids, and the mysterious alien. We explore the great fear of the unknown, the quest for understanding technology beyond our comprehension, the confrontation with all-powerful aliens threatening to destroy the earth, ground breaking special effects, and the exploration of current events facing our society in a fantasic way are all masterfully worked in these three films.

All in all, I absolutely loved this movie up until the end. Unfortunately the good ideas, or at least the implementation of them ended there for me. I won't spoil it for you, but suffice to say, they could have worked the story a little more here.

Bottom Line: Again, necessary watching if you're a SciFi fan. But this movie is not quite in the class of the other two. There is a B-movie feel to it that the other two do not have. Additionally, there is nothing interesting to say about the DVD. Still, all in all, very enjoyable.
Very imaginative, impressive special effects for it's time. It clearly had a good budget to work with and it shows. It has it's dated elements, particularly the blatant sexism. Creative art direction. It's one of those movies you have to put yourself in the time it was made, on that note, a fine film.
"I'm in command of 18 competitively selected super-fit physical specimens with an average age of 24.6 who have been locked up in hyperspace for 378 days. It would have served you right if he... they... oh go on, get out of here before I have you run out of the area under guard - and then I'll put more guards on the guards." John J. Adams, Captain, United Planets Cruiser, Forbidden Planet

The 1950s was a fertile decade for science fiction in the United States. Most of the science fiction films of the era reflected the fears and anxieties of the time, using malevolent aliens as metaphors for the fear of Communist aggression and invasion. There, the danger and risks were associated with an external, implacable alien enemy. Occasionally, the science fiction metaphors were upended, turning inward, into the interior spaces of the mind. Occasionally, the science fiction metaphors were upended, turning inward. Case in point, Forbidden Planet, a science fiction "classic," loosely based (and the operative word here is "loosely") on William Shakespeare's The Tempest that takes a decidedly cod-Freudian tack, positing a distinctly internal, interiorized enemy, the human mind. More specifically, suppressed libidinal energy, combined with the darker side of emotions (i.e., anger, jealousy, hatred), results in an almost unstoppable, invisible, but concrete menace. Forbidden Planet is also notable for uncritically mirroring stereotypical fifties gender roles and attitudes.

Forbidden Planet is set in the not-too-distant future, where interplanetary space travel is the norm, even if it takes up to a year to travel between solar systems (the opening voice-over narration informs us that interstellar travel is accomplished via faster-than-light hyperdrives). A United Planets cruiser, captained by John J. Adams (Leslie Nielson) has spent more than a year traveling to Altair IV. Altair IV was the destination of another space ship, manned by a crew of 22, which set out on a mission to explore and colonize the planet. Communication between the colonists and earth ceased almost twenty years ago. A crew of 18 accompanies Captain John J. Adams, including the ship's physician, 'Doc' Ostrow (Warren Stevens) and his second-in-command, Lt. Jerry Farman (Jack Kelly).

On approaching Altair IV, the crew receives an impassioned radio message from Dr. Morbius (Walter Pidgeon), one of the remaining survivors from the original mission. Dr. Morbius warns Adams of an unspecified, vague danger to Adams, following orders, rejects Dr. Morbius' pleas, landing his space cruiser on Altair IV. In short order, Robby the Robot (driving a vehicle) transports Adams, Ostrow and Farman to Dr. Morbius' residence where the men meet the good doctor's nubile young daughter, Altaira (Anne Francis). Altaira, in her innocence and naivet
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