Forbidden Planet


Dir. Fred M. Wilcox  USA 1956 98 mins (U)
Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis, Leslie Nielsen, Warren Stevens, Jack Kelly, Richard Anderson, Earl Holliman, and Robby the Robot as himself

The crew of the star cruiser C-57D journeys for more than a year to the distant planet of Altair-4. Their mission: to discover what happened to a colony posted there and from whom no word has come for years. Commander Adams and his men find just two survivors: Professor Edward Morbius and his beautiful daughter, Altaira.

With their aid of Robby the Robot they have transformed Altair-4 into a paradise. But while Morbius has explored the remnants of the long-dead Krell civilisation, he also harbours a dark secret. Soon monsters seem to be abroad…

This is a film notable for many things: a breakthrough electronic soundtrack, stunning sets and a surprising performance from a young Leslie Nielsen.

Loosely based on Shakespeare’s The TempestForbidden Planet is one of the all-time great science fiction films.