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      Forbidden Planet

      G Released Mar 15, 1956 1h 38m Sci-Fi List
      92% Tomatometer 53 Reviews 85% Audience Score 10,000+ Ratings In this sci-fi classic, a spacecraft travels to the distant planet Altair IV to discover the fate of a group of scientists sent there decades earlier. When Commander John J. Adams (Leslie Nielsen) and his crew arrive, they discover only two people: Dr. Morbius (Walter Pidgeon) and his daughter, Altaira (Anne Francis), who was born on the remote planet. Soon, Adams begins to uncover the mystery of what happened on Altair IV, and why Morbius and Altaira are the sole survivors. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Shakespeare gets the deluxe space treatment in Forbidden Planet, an adaptation of The Tempest with impressive sets and seamless special effects.

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      Bob Freund Miami Herald The film abounds in sound and color. Electronic tonalities and odd spectrum graduations make it a treat for eye and ear. The actors come off better than you'd think, too. Mar 21, 2024 Full Review TIME Magazine [A] nifty interstellar meller. Jul 26, 2011 Full Review Dave Kehr Chicago Reader An engaging 1956 science fiction gloss of Shakespeare's Tempest. Jul 26, 2011 Full Review Pat Padua Washington City Paper What <em>Forbidden Planet</em> lacks in iambic pentameter, it makes up for in highly saturated mid-century colors and special effects that may seem primitive but give a painterly elegance to the space-age journey. Apr 17, 2024 Full Review Roger Moore Movie Nation Elevating this as a “landmark film” when Robert Wise’s “The Day the Earth Stood Still” was smarter, more suspenseful, better-acted and more in tune with its times seems laughable. Rated: 2/4 Mar 8, 2024 Full Review Danielle Solzman Solzy at the Movies Forbidden Planet is the greatest sci-fi film of its time and would pave the way for bigger and better sci-fi blockbusters to come. Rated: 4.5/5 Mar 10, 2023 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Aldo G A marvel of its time. Hugely influential. Still holds up for those interested in sci-fi cinema history. The acting is better than expected and the love interest between actors Leslie Nielsen and Anne Francis stimulates. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 05/11/24 Full Review Nol P As I try and watch many of the older classics these days, this movie was interesting but it is just so weird and does not stand the test of time like many other classics do. I did try and watch by relating to 1956 and that did not help much. I have seen many good classics, many of which were even older than 1956, and this one is a one and done deal. 2.5 of 5 stars at best is all I can give Forbidden Planet realistically. Was also interesting to see Leslie Nielson as a 30 yr old in a film. I thought of his other silly movies at times while watching, like Naked Gun. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 03/25/24 Full Review Jeff S A psychological sci-fi drama, this movie far exceeded my personal expectations and was definitely ahead of its time. It's aided by a solid cast, but the unique circumstances set it apart from other sci-fi films of its era. This visionary story is one I would like to watch again. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/27/24 Full Review Sharon K One film that never gets old. I have watched it many times and still enjoy it. It is even better on my big screen tv. Love it 🥰 Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/02/24 Full Review MARTRIX F Forbidden planet is a true classic Sci-Fi and if you have the time well worth a look. The efforts are dated but I feel they do still stand up today. They must have been amazing back in 1956. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/17/24 Full Review Alec B An amalgamation of all the best things about mid 20th century Science Fiction. Pulpy characters, outlandish designs, and high concept commentary on civilization. No wonder everyone spent the next 10 years or so borrowing from it. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/09/24 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis In this sci-fi classic, a spacecraft travels to the distant planet Altair IV to discover the fate of a group of scientists sent there decades earlier. When Commander John J. Adams (Leslie Nielsen) and his crew arrive, they discover only two people: Dr. Morbius (Walter Pidgeon) and his daughter, Altaira (Anne Francis), who was born on the remote planet. Soon, Adams begins to uncover the mystery of what happened on Altair IV, and why Morbius and Altaira are the sole survivors.
      Director
      Fred M. Wilcox
      Producer
      Nicholas Nayfack
      Screenwriter
      William Shakespeare, Irving Block, Cyril Hume
      Distributor
      Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Criterion Collection
      Production Co
      Metro Goldwyn Mayer
      Rating
      G
      Genre
      Sci-Fi
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Mar 15, 1956, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Aug 25, 2008
      Runtime
      1h 38m
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