Forbidden Planet (1956) - Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

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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.

IMDB: 7.6
Director: Fred M. Wilcox
Stars: Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis
Length: 98 Minutes
PG Rating: G
Reviews: 20 out of 335 found boring (5.97%)

One-line Reviews (147)

What can you say, after half a century, its still worth watching.

The complex Freudian story is entertaining and Anne Francis is extremely beautiful and sexy in her costumes.

It has an interesting soundtrack, lots of cool visuals, an engaging story, respectable characters that aren't idiots and plenty of food for thought.

Yes, there's the whole ID part of the story and that makes it more "heady" but this film is really dull in many places.

THE BOREDOM The biggest flaw in this movie: the lack of any action.

the id, "flesh" or carnal psyche) is a fascinating revelation.

Now, in 2016, I still like it the and after all that time, I feel it is still enjoyable.

I'll just mention the two plot items from the end of the film which I found particularly fascinating.

Yes we've come a long way in 49 years but this was well worth watching then and still holds even modern viewers interest.

The Earth's spacecraft travels faster than the speed of light, another nod to STAR TREK, and there's a fascinating sequence early on depicting something similar to the Transporter, though not used for the same purpose (this ship actually lands on the planet's surface).

The acting is impressive, the sets and effects equally so, and the plot is gripping, absorbing, and satisfying.

But, the story's compelling central idea involving the ancient,extinct Krell civilization and "monsters from the Id" hasn't lost its appeal and continue to make this film a relevant "must see" movie.

The impact and influence of this colorful, often breathtaking adventure in the future of space cannot be underestimated.

In the most elaborate sense, Forbidden Planet is also a fascinating commentary on the Freudian psychoanalysis, where a raging id is stronger than the conscious human mind, and leads to horrible disasters even in the outer space regions.

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.

While the movie is fascinating and even humorous (Robbie the Robot) the electronic music is somewhat cloying and annoying at times.

The dull and somewhat laughable _although it was very nice back in 1956_ special effects, kinda adds to the experience of the film.

All in all, an entertaining hour and a half, my first time seeing Walter Pidgeon and a chance to see Leslie Neilsen as a 'young' man

' What they find is a robot more advanced than anything imaginable on earth, a beautiful and totally socially inept young woman, and her father, a hermit philologist haunted by more than the demons of the ancient civilization he has immersed himself in.

A number of things that keep this from descending to dreary land is the impressive look of the whole thing.

Director Fred Wilcox, Screenplay Irvin Block, Allen Adler Never mind that it's long and talky and relies mostly on the dazzling visual effects, "Forbidden Planet" from 1956 is a classic of science fiction movies from the 50's when this genre of film was very popular and highly entertaining.

This is a really engaging and brilliantly smart classic sci-fi film that inventively exposes what could possibly be human's greatest ultimate intrinsic tragedy:Our animalistic, irrational subconscious side.

Stuffy and Boring .

Over all, it's quite an intellectual film but one that is also very entertaining.

To her, the newcomers are fascinating and people of a whole new world.

The special effects alone were simply stunning and still look great today.

Finally, the omnipresent and otherworldly electronic tonalities from avant-garde musician couple Louise and Bebe Barron is another major novelty stemmed from this Sci-Fi classic, a stunning achievement so integral to the film's success and would inspire numberless emulators to forever change the film score soundscape.

In addition to the powerfully absorbing story, centered around the fact that a evil primitive lurks within the subconscious of every man, the details, dialogue, and scientific jargon of the script exhibit amazing scientific and technical accuracy ...

Acting is okay; it is especially fascinating to see a very young Leslie Nielsen and a rather attractive Anne Francis.

Furthermore, Dr. Morbius' elaboration on the former inhabitants of his planet, the Krell, is fascinating to this day and the archaic special effects hold up well.

Bottom line: one of the finest SF films ever made and well worth watching.

I found this movie compelling.

For the most part, Forbidden Planet is a slow-burning film.

Although Wilcox's direction is mostly unobtrusive (yet, unlike many of his contemporaries, he always makes good use of the full CinemaScope width), he rises to the occasion when need be, as in the thrilling footprints sequence when the camera moves with such dramatic effect.

Well Worth Watching .

It is contrived, silly and plot-forced.

The clever plot, now rendered trite by its reuse in six or seven episodes of Star Trek, Lost in Space, and even Farscape, is worth paying attention to, and will sustain the interest of most scifi fans.

For years have been relating my memory (boringly, to all and sundry ) of Morbius' dialogue.....

Visually stunning, though provoking sci-fi odyssey .

The scientific approach of this movie only works that far but is not enough to entirely carry this movie to great heights and make this a consistent good, compelling, interesting one.

Consistently fun, entertaining, inventive, and smart .

Though this is not a movie with a lot of explosions and fast action, but the drama is very suspenseful that keeps you guessing on just what is this monster.

If you keep in mind that this film is over 50 years old it's a remarkable achievement and a most enjoyable 90 minutes.

I enjoyed it a bit for Robbie's sake.

There's something very bland about the film.

But possibly even more intriguing is the scientific equipment and knowledge left behind on the planet by a former alien species known as the Krell which is much more advanced than anything either Dr. Morbius or the captain of the C-57D, "Commander John J.

There other fascinating contraptions and devices as well.

Forbidden Planet is an entertaining movie that falls in 50s sci-fi somewhere between the high-brow approach of The Day the Earth Stood Still and the cheesiness of Creature from the Black Lagoon.

But, as the cliché goes, you can't build a great building on a weak foundation.

The colors were radiantly subdued, and awe inspiring!!

"Forbidden Planet" tells an interesting story with a lot of fascinating details, and at the same time it makes some worthwhile statements about humanity and history in the process.

It just tells an exciting sci-fi adventure that happens to have very interesting substantial aspects to it when studied more intensively.

It is simply an elegant, thrilling and stunning production all around, with special effects that were mind-boggling in 1956 and are still damned impressive.

And yet where a display of intense of emotion might be warranted, it is absent.

A hugely entertaining classic Sci-Fi film with deeper layers...

I was afraid I would be disappointed, but in fact I found it as frightening and exciting as the first time.

it's not really action packed,yet i found it fascinating.

The bad news: You spend all the money inflating previously digested ideas; saucer-shaped vehicles, mad scientists, space-vixens, horny dolts, stodgy acting & eerie theremin noises.

While the acting may be sub par compared to many of today's movies, and the film quality is obviously much lower, I think it compares favorably overall to almost any other movie in science fiction, if only for its successful integration of disparate elements into a cohesive and compelling whole.

Well, I'm thrilled to announce that I was very wrong…Forbidden Planet turned out to be one of the most entertaining and original movies I've ever seen.

), a robot that became seminal influence for the robot in "Lost in Space" etc. etc.. Because of the so many built in values in this movie, this movie ages gracefully and remains entertaining even after half a century (!

The visuals are breathtaking and the story, suspenseful.

Great, fascinating movie .

An inspiration for many other sci-fi films, and a fine marker of thoughtful science fiction stories and books from time-old, it's a classy and entertaining classic.

Stuffy, pretentious, verbose, and horrible.

This is a phenomenal movie, enjoyable from start to finish.

Well worth watching and a must see for anyone who calls themselves a sci-fi fan.

Well conceived and written, the intelligent script offers suspense, an intriguing plot, compelling characters, and humor.

The exciting, suspenseful script is intelligently adapted from Shakespeare and Walter Pidgeon is magisterial among a well-chosen cast.

A space expedition to Altair IV yields some unexpected results.

Very original and intriguing plot, with an interesting and plausible scientific background.

test,stronger material, and fascinating architecture.


Well-acted, especially by Pidgeon and Nielsen, and a fascinating combination of depth, camp, humor and straight science fiction.

The scenes of Krell technology and subterranean structures are awe inspiring and the unfolding of their History and knowledge keeps your interest.

He begins with the events of the last few years and the various gadgets at his disposal - even at this early point, the stuff is fascinating, a free view of futuristic life for us to be dazzled by.

Camp fun at a slow pace.

The romance of space travel to a remote planet, then seeing Dr. Mobius' very futuristic and oasis like home in middle of nowhere, having intelligent robot who can almost do miracles as a servant, the stunning scale and power of Krell's inventions, then the attack of "invisible" hostile enemy that only shows itself in the midst of electric fence and particle beam weapon, the way the "invisible" enemy approaches the house with its only indication being trees being torn down as it draws closer and closer.

The sets are fascinating- and the production is amazing.

Nevertheless, it is highly entertaining.

I've picked over Forbidden Planet quite a lot here; it's just so entertaining and well-realized that I can hardly hurt its impact with some quibbles.

The sequence where Pidgeon leads Nielsen and Stevens through the spaces of the huge Krell thought generator is simply stunning, and the central motif of the Caliban / invisible id monster borne out of Morbius' rage and misanthropy is brilliant, especially in the unforgettable scene where it attacks the ship.

Exciting, colourful, thought-provoking and mysterious .

Boring, and acting, bad plot, bad scripting and boring .

There is also far too much uninteresting talk which occasionally clogs up the narrative, causing it to lose pace and consistency.

Still, this movie is entertaining fifty years after it was made.

As a youngster this was one of my favourite movies, sure I didn't entirely grasp the context, but the images it packed was a stunning sight and how could you not get a kick out of Robbie the Robot.

So why is this movie so ponderous and self-indulgent?

Nielsen is commanding and funny as the captain, and Anne Francis is stunning in her gorgeous costumes (leading the way for the producers of Star Trek, a show in many ways indebted to this film, to place a strong emphasis on the costumes of the lovely guest stars).

Because the best is so powerful it zaps and blasts into irrelevance the peripheral pandering presented in such predictable Fifties conservatism and ethnocentrism.

Admittedly, they don't have much to work with, for their characters are bland and dull.

Incredible special effects and a somewhat compelling pulp plot .

But Forbidden Planet goes much deeper and is in my view a very intellectual, engrossing film.

It might be science-fiction and set in the future, but all of the tiresome and sexist social mores of the 1950's appear time-proof.

There are a few gripping scenes to be sure and "Forbidden Planet" is a fascinating Sci Fi film all round.

The 'electronic' sounds used as a soundtrack are grating after a while, but otherwise the film is well worth watching.

Al in all you have a sci-fi B-movie, presented in an unusual epic scale, with a very engaging story.

'Forbidden Planet' is essential viewing for any sci-fi fan, but more than that, it is also one of the most imaginative and entertaining movies ever made, and a sheer joy to watch.

They're stuck on a far-away planet that's apparently the home of both an unstoppable monster and a wise-cracking robot, is this really the time to start focusing on a rather uninteresting and somewhat poorly acted love sub-plot?

An interesting dilemma, but for me, it's not the plot that makes Forbidden Planet so memorable, but the production design and the 'music', both of which make this film the epitomy of '50s sci-fi: Starship C-57D is the finest flying saucer to grace the silver screen; the painted backdrops of Altair IV are stunning; Robby the Robot is iconic; the Krell technology is incredible; and the avant garde 'electronic tonalities' - bleeps, blurps, whirs, whines, throbs, hums, and screeches - are terrific (and now synonymous with the genre).

It's stunning, artistic and also scary.

It takes the entire movie to explain it but it is one of the most suspenseful moments in all of science fiction.

This is also definitely one of the most astounding, visually stunning, challenging science-fiction movies in the history of cinema.

Its a very entertaining picture and in my book thats what watching movies is all about, ENTERTAINMENT, nothing more, nothing less.

There are also the stunning shots of the Krell's underground network of shafts with the first shot as the humans walk out onto the bridge is uttterly breathtaking.

The special effects and central premise are good enough to make this worth watching in spite of its deficits.

From a pointless love-story to a meaningless in-dept elaboration about the krell and their achievements.

It has its moments of campy fun and features a pretty clever plot twist, but apart from that it can be kind of a bore sometimes.

It was even more exciting when we could see the machines of the future people would have to work with.

The other colonists had wanted to leave the planet and Morbius did not, so his subconscious had created the monsters to stop them.

and considering its age, it remains a stunning suspense, action, human-emotion classic---and visually very modern---don't pass this one up---it presages all modern sci-fi---and its pscychological content elevates it, beyond any genre---a timeless work---and the soundtract!

"Forbidden Planet" is no exception to that rule, yet it manages to remain a bracingly original, thoroughly entertaining film, an enduring classic in a cinematic genre that ages faster than unrefrigerated milk.

Now some people might find this movie a little slow in places.

cheesy but entertaining sci-fi .

"Forbidden Planet" boasts of great technical achievements in special effects,set and art design for that time period: Art Lonergan's sets of the spaceship, Morbius' home and the Krell laboratory were lavish, massive and stunning.

It was exciting and engaging all the way through.

Forbidden Planet was the first serious attempt at making a sci-fi movie as most others were rather dull or utterly stupid in it's era outside of The Day The Earth Stood Still in 1951.

It is just frustrating to think of what Forbidden Planet could have achieved with its stunning visuals.

Yes, weird, fascinating, off-beat Forbidden Planet fully deserves its cult status.

The last forty minutes of the film are particularly suspenseful.

The special effects are beautiful, the acting good, the story line thought provoking and compelling.

Much of the dreary stuff is hidden from view.

Anne Francis was stunning as Altaira.

old and found this movie both highly entertaining and very frightening and unlike any other movie I had seen up until that time.

We get this cliché exotic girl who knows nothing about sexual experiences though she is a human and studies biology.

All of this is represented by the top notch crew of the space cruiser - all male and rigorously trained, in snappy uniforms and possessed of high-tech weaponry.

The Krell met a sudden, unexpected end in the movie Forbidden Planet, but when MGM went onto a slow death spiral, life did not reflect art.

Beautiful and comprehensive special effects, with good use of color, an intriguing if complex story (as Shakespeare, among others would attest), and well-earned suspension of disbelief.

Of course they were backed by MGM dollars and an intention to make a real movie, not just Saturday matinée fare, but still, the scope of the visuals here is breathtaking.

Sometimes profound, sometimes silly, sometimes dramatic, sometimes corny, it remains an important and mostly entertaining example of cinematic science fiction.

The film is pretty much a real slow grinder that exercises the suspense in many rigid stages in the dying half-an-hour, where the real terror begins.

These were stunning images.

This is a very entertaining film on many levels, not the least of which is its cast of up and coming TV stars - Nielsen, Jack Kelly, Richard Anderson, Earl Holliman, and Anne Francis.

Well I can honestly say this is one of the most enjoyable early Sci-fi movies it has been my pleasure to watch.

Folsey's superlative cinematography makes the film an eye-popping experience (even for non-sci-fi buffs), and Robby the Robot provides a fascinating non-human helper.

In fact, they put to shame the very mundane-looking bridge on the first "Star Trek" pilot "The Cage.

Unlike most of the S/F-films from the 50's, this one has clearly a huge budget, and that is one of the reasons that it is still worth watching today.

The screenplay is ingeniously contrived to combine off-beat ideas with familiar themes that allow plenty of scope for dazzling effects and fascinatingly bizarre visuals: Lost Civilization Wiped Out in a Single Night by Unknown Catastrophe; Lone Survivor of Space Craft, a Robinson Crusoe in an Alien World; One Nubile Girl vs.

The special effects are cool and exciting.

Yeah it is a little slow at times, and yeah you have a few dated concepts(radar, radio, circuits, etc in 2200?

Our music department was the greatest in the industry and we looked forward to a breathtaking score.

Still very entertaining and imaginative.

Forbidden Planet launched a combination of strong philosophy with entertaining action.

Unlike many of the low budget movies of the genre, FP remains to this day a very entertaining and captivating film.

Combine that restriction with stodgy acting and uninspired direction, and you get too many people standing around talking too much of the time.

Its boring, filled with bad acting, more boredom, bad scripting and even more boredom.