Forbidden Planetis a 1956 classic science fiction film directed by Fred M. Wilcox, screenplay by Cyril Hume with story by Irving Block and Allen Adler. Filmed in CinemaScope an anamorphic lens used for shooting widescreen movies at that time and Metrocolor.
Forbidden Planet was nominated for an Academy Award for special effects and features an innovative electronic music score and featured the infamous Robby the Robot as a leading character within the film. Forbidden Planet starred Walter Pidgeon, Leslie Nielson and Anne Francis, with Jack Kelly, Warren Stevens, Richard Anderson, and Earl Holliman.
Forbidden Planet is probably the best science fiction movie made in the 1950s and for good reason. The basis for the story, plot, setting, and characters were all inspired by William Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Shakespeare was an English poet and playwright, and generally regarded as the greatest writer in English language, and it’s no doubt that the movie Forbidden Planet still remains fresh and exciting to watch as it was over 50 years ago. Forbidden Planet is a story about an interstellar spacecraft sent from Earth to investigate what befell an earlier expedition some 20 years before to a planet called Altair IV. They quickly discover that nearly all the crew had died from the first expedition, leaving only two survivors, Dr. Morbius and his daughter Altaira.
The mysterious Morbius tells the tale of some unknown phenomenon that has horrifically killed all the members of the earlier expedition and completely destroyed their starship, the Bellerophon, and ultimately stranding him and his daughter on the planet. For 20 years Morbius has been studying ancient underground ruins left by a highly advanced culture and unexplained disappearance of the original inhabitants of Altair IV known simply as the “Krell”.
The mystery deepens when Morbius explains that all the Krell died in a single night 200,000 years ago, just as they were working on their greatest scientific achievement, a vast underground cube-shape complex, 20 miles in every direction, powered by over 9000 thermonuclear reactors. The Krell complex is still functional and operating at full capacity, with unlimited power. Morbius confesses he has no idea what the function is for the vast machine. But soon things turn awry, as a mysterious invisible creature starts to decimate the crew from the visiting starship, repeating its slaughter it had done 20 years before. For the great Krell machine had the power to make instantly materialize any object imaginable from the mind, but unbeknownst to the inventors including monsters from the id!
Leslie Nielsen is a Canadian actor and comedian. Nielsen’s acting career spans both television and films, and achieved his greatest notoriety playing Commander John J. Adams in the film Forbidden Planet, and his comedic role in the film Airplane! Nielsen began as a dramatic actor playing serious characters in his early career, but he reinvented himself by switching to comedy in 1980’s hit parody film Airplane!
Nielsen gained laughs with his deadpan, commanding voice, and kept it up with great performances as Detective Frank Drebin in TV’s Police Squad!, a spoof on cop shows, earning him an Emmy nomination. Nielson would reprise his role in the movie version The Naked Gun and its sequels. Nielson’s comedic career was highly successful in numerous films including Scary Movie 3 and 4. Leslie Nielsen died on November 28, 2010 due to complications from pneumonia. Leslie Nielson has left behind a legacy of both dramatic and wonderful comedic performances for years to come, he was 84.
Anne Francis is most famous for her costarring role in the science-fiction classic Forbidden Planet (1956). Anne Francis is an American actress, her early films include classics like Bad Day at Black Rock with Spencer Tracy (1955), Blackboard Jungle with Glenn Ford (1955), and seen on television in The Twilight Zone, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and The Fugitive with David Janssen. She also played the wife of Jerry Lewis in the film Hook, Line & Sinker in 1969. She won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Emmy for her role as a female private detective television series Honey West. Anne Francis died on January 2, 2011 of pancreatic cancer, she was 80.
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