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Directed by Fred M. Wilcox • 1956 • United States
Starring Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis, Leslie Nielsen
There are many wonders on Altair-4, but none is greater or more deadly than the human mind. A landmark of fifties sci-fi loosely inspired by Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” FORBIDDEN PLANET is the granddaddy of tomorrow, a pioneering work whose ideas and style would be reverse-engineered into many cinematic space voyages to come. Leslie Nielsen portrays the commander who brings his spacecruiser crew to the green-skied world of Altair-4, home to Dr. Morbius (Walter Pidgeon), his daughter (Anne Francis), and the remarkable robot Robby—as well as a mysterious terror. Featuring sets of extraordinary scale and the first all-electronic musical soundscape in film history, FORBIDDEN PLANET is in a movie orbit all its own.