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Forbidden Planet Details


MGM's first big-budget science fiction film, Forbidden Planet, combined state-of-the-art special effects with a storyline based on Shakespeare's The Tempest. In the 23rd century, Cmdr. J.J. Adams (Leslie Nielsen) guides United Planets cruiser C-57-D on a rescue mission to faraway planet Altair-4. Twenty years earlier, Earth ship Bellerophon disappeared while en route to Altair-4. Only the ship's philologist, Dr. Morbius (Walter Pidgeon), survived; in the intervening decades, Morbius has created an Edenlike world of his own, for the benefit of himself and his nubile young daughter, Altaira (Anne Francis). His private paradise is zealously guarded by Robby the Robot, a piece of technology far in advance of anything on Earth. When Adams and his crew land on Altair-4, Morbius announces that he has no intention of being rescued and returned to Earth. When Adams attempts to contact home base, he finds that his radio equipment has been smashed by some unseen force. Holding Morbius responsible, Adams confronts the scientist, who decides to tell all. At one time, according to Morbius, Altair-4 was populated by the Krel, a wise, intellectually superior race. Using leftover Krel technology, Morbius has doubled his intellect and gained the ability to shape a new world to his own specifications. Forbidden Planet was a big influence on future sci-fi outer-space efforts, especially Star Trek. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:March 15, 1956


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Arnold A. Gillespie Best Special Effects 1956 Nominee


Walter Pidgeon
as Dr. Edward Morbius
Anne Francis
as Alta Morbius
Leslie Nielsen
as Commander John J. Adams
Warren Stevens
as Lt. "Doc" Ostrow
Jack Kelly
as Lt. Farman
Richard Anderson
as Chief Quinn
Earl Holliman
as Cook
Bob Dix
as Grey
Jimmy Thompson
as Youngerford
James Drury
as Joe Strong
Roger McGee
as Lindstrom
Frankie Darro
as Robby the Robot
Marvin Miller
as Robby
James Best
as Crewman
William Boyett
as Crewman
Les Tremayne
as Narrator
William Boyett
as Crewman
Frankie Darro
as Robby the Robot
James Best
as Crewman
Marvin Miller
as Robby


Fred Wilcox
Nicholas Nayfack
William Shakespeare
Play Author
Cyril Hume
Allen Adler
Screen Story
George Folsey
Ferris Webster
Arthur Lonergan
Art Director
Cedric Gibbons
Art Director
Edwin B. Willis
Set Designer
Hugh Hunt
Set Designer
Walter Plunkett
Costume Designer
Helen Rose
Costume Designer
Warren Newcombe
Special Effects
Joshua Meador
Special Effects
Arnold A. Gillespie
Special Effects
George Rhein
First Assistant Director
William J. Tuttle